Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HE'S WRONG! Diana Bodyguard in Astonishing Attack on Butler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HE'S WRONG! Diana Bodyguard in Astonishing Attack on Butler

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Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;HUGH DOUGHERTY

PRINCESS DIANA'S former Scotland Yard bodyguard today turned on Paul Burrell, describing some of his most serious revelations as like "best-selling fiction".

Ken Wharfe, writing exclusively in the Evening Standard, accused Burrell, 44, of having become "obsessed" with the Princess and of thinking, wrongly, that he was the only man she would call "her rock".

In a lengthy rebuttal of the claims made after the butler sold his story for a reputed pound sterling400,000, the retired detective challenges Burrell's account of events, from the claim he had a three-hour meeting with the Queen - which he says he "seriously questions" - to Diana jokingly calling pound sterling50 notes "pink grannies".

Mr Wharfe also leaped to the defence of the Spencer family, saying Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, had been the woman to whom she turned in times of crisis.

Although they sometimes fell out, like any other family, their bond always endured.

The former police protection officer also defends Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who has been vilified for "driving the prosecution" against Burrell, saying she had acted entirely properly and in her late sister's best interests.

The extraordinary intervention by Mr Wharfe, who has not asked for

or been paid any money, comes as Burrell makes a second wave of revelations about the Princess's life.

It also comes after senior courtiers dismissed many of Burrell's key claims as "fantasy", accusing him of "selective amnesia". One said: "Paul Burrell's version is beginning to sound like the first ramblings of a madman."

Today Burrell describes the full extent of Diana's rift with her mother, only hinted at during his sensational trial, saying they did not speak for six months after a conversation in which Mrs Shand Kydd "hurled a tirade of obscenities" at her daughter. …

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