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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 17:19 GMT
Royal butler trial
Princess Diana with her then butler in Angola
Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell is declared not guilty of stealing hundreds of her private possessions after the Queen intervenes with crucial new evidence. BBC News Online provides coverage of the trial and its collapse.


12 November 2002
Internal review announced
Sir Michael Peat
Sir Michael Peat

Prince Charles has ordered an internal inquiry into the scandals surrounding the collapse of the trial of Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell. The investigation will be carried out by the Prince's private secretary, Sir Michael Peat.



8 November 2002
Earl disputes butler "lies"
Earl Spencer
The Earl allegedly "deprived" Diana

Earl Spencer condemns Diana's former royal butler for "yet more hurtful lies" about how his family treated the Princess of Wales. Mr Burrell had said the earl behaved disrespectfully by removing the Royal Standard from Diana's coffin.





7 November 2002
Spencers under fire
Frances Shand Kydd, Diana's mother
Burrell said Diana's mother made 'shocking' calls

Paul Burrell attacks the Spencer family and its relationship with the late Princess of Wales. He claims the family found Diana "unacceptable" when she was alive and says his "stomach turned" during Earl Spencer's speech at her funeral.



6 November 2002
Queen 'warns Burrell'
Burrell tells of safety warning
Burrell tells of safety warning

Paul Burrell claims the Queen warned him his closeness to Diana could put his safety at risk. The former Royal butler tells the Daily Mirror the comments were made during the meeting that triggered the collapse of his trial.




4 November 2002
Burrell sells his story
Paul Burrell
Burrell says he has "a story to tell"

The Mirror secures the rights to Paul Burrell's story. The former royal butler is said to have received 300,000 for his account of his ordeal, which the paper's editor Piers Morgan describes as "pretty searing stuff".



3 November 2002
Butler breaks his silence
Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell
Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell

Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell breaks his silence to explain some of the circumstances which led to the collapse of his theft trial. Mr Burrell said he "never realised" what he told the Queen could clear him.



2 November 2002
Trial collapse sparks criticism
The Queen

Critical questions are being asked about the collapse of the trial, with the spotlight focusing on the CPS investigation and the Queen.



1 November 2002
Trial collapses
Royal butler Paul Burrell
Royal butler Paul Burrell

Paul Burrell was found not guilty on all counts after the prosecution dropped its case when it was revealed that Burrell had previously told the Queen that he was keeping some of Diana's possessions.




Reaction
Graham Burrell
Graham Burrell

As questions were raised over whether the case should ever have come to trial, Paul Burrell's father spoke to the BBC about his son's ordeal.





Paul Burrell profile
Burrell with his Royal Victorian Medal
Burrell with his Royal Victorian Medal

Paul Burrell was the son of a lorry driver from a Derbyshire mining village. As Princess Diana's butler, Paul Burrell was both a loyal servant and a confidant, who Diana described as her "rock".



24 October: Diana's mother testifies
Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd
Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd

Paul Burrell's case hinged on his closeness to Princess Diana, but in her evidence Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd said he had misinterpreted his role in the princess's life.



16 October: jury dismissed
The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey

Just two days after the start of the trial the jury was dismissed after detailed legal argument, though the reasons cannot be published for legal reasons.



14 October: trial begins
Royal butler Paul Burrell
Royal butler Paul Burrell

Paul Burrell went on trial charged with stealing up to 286 items belonging to Diana's estate, 22 belonging to Prince William and four belonging to the Prince of Wales. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.




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