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Sunday, 10 November, 2002, 08:37 GMT
Royal revelations continue in Sundays
The fall-out from the trial and revelations of former royal butler Paul Burrell rumbles on the Sunday papers.

The Sunday Telegraph suggests some people would wish the British royal family would adopt the ancient Egyptian tradition of taking everything them when they died, including servants.

Page after page in the tabloids is given over to more lurid sex allegations involving servants in the royal palaces and claims of an attempted cover-up.

A former valet tells the Mail on Sunday he was raped by a member of staff in the Prince of Wales's household and describes in graphic detail how the alleged assault took place.

He tells how Princess Diana coaxed the allegations out of him.

The Mail concludes that public confidence in the propriety of the Royals has all but collapsed because of the inglorious efforts of the police, the courts and the Queen to protect Prince Charles from embarrassment over the behaviour of a servant.

Marriage trio

After a week of revelations by Mr Burrell, it is now the turn of his wife to tell her story.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Maria Burrell speaks of the intense strain her husband's undying loyalty to Diana had on their marriage.

Preparing for war

Headlines warning of the threat to Britain from Al-Qaeda terrorists make chilling reading. Will it be "carnage by Christmas"? asks the Sunday Express, which says everything from an attack on the House of Commons, to suicide bombings on trains and ships is considered possible in the coming weeks.

The Observer reports that emergency security measures - including a rapid reaction force of Army reservists - are in place to cope with a terrorist strike.

Police snipers are being trained to kill suicide bombers and anti-radiation pills are being distributed to hospitals, it says.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Tony Blair will make a speech tomorrow calling on the British people to adopt the spirit of the Blitz in the face of international terrorism.

Wheelchair insurance

Thousands of disabled people who use a motorised wheelchair face having to take out a form of car insurance, according to the Telegraph.

It says ministers are planning to make the insurance compulsory after a spate of accidents in which pedestrians have been injured and property has been damaged.

On one occasion, an elderly woman crashed through a shop window in Devon and then left without giving her name.

A spokesman for the Disabled Drivers' Motor Club says the plans are over the top and points out that electric wheelchairs are slower than cycles, with a maximum speed of only eight miles per hour.

Cash for canvas

The Sunday Times claims to have discovered that some of the country's top art galleries and museums are willing to display paintings in return for money.

An undercover reporter, posing as a banker with 1m to donate, had told the galleries the cash would be forthcoming, only if they displayed his self-portrait. The reaction was instant, he says, as officials told him how much they liked the picture.

The would-be artist and benefactor had in fact not painted since he was a child, and he had completed the portrait in 10 minutes with help from his seven-year-old daughter.

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