Police `Grossly Misled' Charles in Butler Case

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Byline: PAT CLARKE

POLICE investigating former royal butler Paul Burrell's alleged plundering of the Princess of Wales's estate were accused yesterday of ``grossly misleading'' the Prince of Wales and Prince William about the case.

Lord Carlile QC, defending Burrell, said that Detective Chief Inspector Maxine de Brunner and her senior officer Commander John Yates had attended a meeting with the two princes and their legal advisers at Prince Charles's Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire in August last year.

The princes were told that police were able to produce evidence that large quantities of items had been sold abroad to several dealers.

They were also told an independent source had shown police photographs of several staff members dressing up in clothing belonging to the Princess of Wales at a party. Burrell, according to police, had become wealthy after the death of the Princess of Wales - even though he had overdrafts before.

Yet all this was incorrect information which had never been corrected, Lord Carlile told the jury.

The lawyer said the princes were told Burrell had indicated he was holding the property in trust for Prince William and Prince Harry.

Lord Carlile asked Ms de Brunner about the meeting, of which she had made notes.

The notes revealed the royals were assured by the officers that police were in a position to produce evidence that ``large quantities of items have been sold abroad to several dealers''.

The princes were also told that ``an independent source has shown police photographs of several staff members dressing up in clothing belonging to the Princess of Wales at a party before being packaged up and sent abroad''. …