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Burrell to meet prince
Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell says he has done nothing wrong
Prince William will meet Paul Burrell to explain why he is so upset about the former butler's book on Princess Diana, it is believed.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Prince William was determined to go ahead with a face-to-face meeting with Mr Burrell.

Mr Burrell has denied accusations he had let Diana down, insisting his book is a "loving tribute", written after he was the victim of a "rollercoaster of madness".

In an interview with the BBC, Mr Burrell said Princes William and Harry should "grow up", after they accused him of betrayal over the book.

Mr Burrell had said he would like to meet both Prince William and Prince Harry, and William is reported to be keen on the idea of meeting, wanting to express his hurt over the affair as well as ensuring there are no further revelations.

Buckingham Palace has taken the unusual step of saying that the Queen supports him in any action he plans to take.

I would very much like to see the two princes - they offered to see me and I said 'yes please'
Paul Burrell

Asked how he felt to be accused of betrayal by the princes, Mr Burrell told the Six O'Clock News: "I was very saddened to hear those words from William and Harry.

"I never had any intention of hurting them. Why would I? I grew up with them I've known them since they were small children. I do care, I have two children of my own.

"I want to go and sit with them and talk about this book, why I did it, why I feel so passionately about it, why I'm proud of it.

"If the Queen would like to be there then that's fine. The Queen has an opinion just the same as anybody else. If she aired that opinion I would air mine too.

"If only I had been given just a little bit more loyalty, on the other side of the coin, waiting for a lifeline, going to the brink of suicide."

Mr Burrell said earlier the book, published on Monday, would not have appeared if the Royal Family had been kinder after his theft trial collapsed.

Some of the people complaining about Burrell's book are the very ones who will go out and buy it!
Vincent, UK

He also said he wanted to give the princes "a piece of his mind" for not supporting him when he had been at his lowest ebb.

In interviews on Monday, Mr Burrell energetically defended himself against accusations that the book, serialised in the Mirror, was a betrayal.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "I have been on this rollercoaster of madness - I have been here, there and everywhere.

"From the very beginning, from grieving the princess's death, through the memorial fund and being sacked, through the police knocking on my door and taking me to the highest court in the land.

"My name has been trashed, my family has been put through hell and I have been to the brink of suicide.

"At the end of all that, I think it is important that I have a say - I am a human being too and I need to put the record straight."

He insisted he had written it to correct "lies and untruths" about Diana.

I defy any man not to have fallen in love with her slightly, having met her... I would have done anything for her
Paul Burrell on Princess Diana

He also hinted at more revelations in the future.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I have no plans at this moment in time to write another book, but I don't know what the future holds, do I?"

The book - called A Royal Duty - includes extracts of private letters written to and from Diana, as well as claims about her marriage, break-up, subsequent relationships and death.

Mr Burrell told the BBC: "And I would like to ask [the princes] a few questions too... I think I would like to give them a piece of my mind, and ask them why did they personally not help me when I needed help, at the worst point of my life.

"I tried desperately to contact them, but there was no response."

The BBC's Nicholas Witchell
"The Palace was letting it be known the Queen fully supports Prince William"

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