Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Questions That Remain Unanswered about Burrell's Role

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Questions That Remain Unanswered about Burrell's Role

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Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;VALENTINE LOW

More sensational allegations emerged today in the Daily Mirror from Paul Burrell's book about his time with the royal family. Crucial questions remain unanswered. ROBERT JOBSON and VALENTINE LOW report.

How did these letters come into Paul Burrell's possession?

Mr Burrell says Diana gave him these highly sensitive letters as an insurance policy in case anything ever happened to her. But this claim has never been independently verified by any of Diana's friends or former staff.

Are they the same letters referred to in court when Burrell was accused of theft?

At the Old Bailey trial last autumn, Mr Burrell was accused of stealing 200 items from Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince William - only to be dramatically cleared after new information from the Queen.

The former butler had told police that some items were given to him by Diana, while others he had taken into safekeeping to preserve her memory. He was going to keep them to stop them falling into the wrong hands and give them to Princes William and Harry when they were "much older".

Why have they only now come to light?

This is the big question.

Yesterday's allegation that 10 months before her death Diana wrote a letter to Burrell in which she said she feared that someone was planning for her to have "an accident" in a car, has a clear and direct bearing on the circumstances surrounding her death.

Did Diana have genuine cause to be concerned about her safety - or was it just the workings of an unbalanced mind? The French authorities are saying that the note was "significant" and should have been handed over straight away. They are considering reopening the investigation.

Did Diana really write the letter months before her death?

The letters look, and sound, genuine enough. Diana was known to be a prolific letter writer, and Mr Burrell was one of a large number of recipients. …

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