Prince Charles scathing letter about Dianas butler Paul Burrell comes to light

Prince Charles' scathing letter about Princess Diana's controversial butler Paul Burrell has finally been revealed after nearly 20 years.

Written in November 2002, the letter sees Charles slam "people like Burrell" and Royal Household staff who "exercise their pathetic jealousies and vendettas in public".

The handwritten document is tipped to sell for £2,000 with London-based Chiswick Auctions on July 21.

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Burrell was on trial at the Old Bailey just weeks before it was written, charged with theft relating to 310 items that had belonged to the late Princess of Wales worth £4.5million.

He was not convicted after the Queen recalled he had told her he was keeping some of Diana's possessions.

The court heard claims that Charles was a "pampered prince" with a team of servants waiting on him, including one to squeeze his toothpaste.

In the four-page letter written to Miss Majorie Dawson, the former personal maid of the Queen's cousin Princess Alexandra, Charles slams the "media circulation war" for offering "vast sums of money" to royal staff members.

Charles wrote on November 29, 2002: "Bless you for taking the trouble to write as you did in the wake of all the ghastliness that has being going on!

"I find it utterly incredible, as I have done nothing but show people like Paul Burrell every consideration over the years.

"Unfortunately we are now to be treated as mere pawns in a terrifying and ongoing media circulation war where the actual facts are totally disregarded and vast sums of money are offered as bribes to former and current members of staff to exercise their pathetic jealousies and vendettas in public.

"One member of staff has been offered a total of £5 millions by the newspapers in recent weeks."

Valentina Borghi, specialist at Chiswick Auctions, said of the document: "It is rare to find a letter from Prince Charles which is so open about his feelings.

"It was a difficult time for the Royals and I believe he was pretty upset when he wrote this letter.

"We are used to a much calmer version of Prince Charles, so he must have been very hurt when so many people he thought he could trust were willing to make money by selling private facts about his family."

Burrell wrote a controversial memoir titled Royal Duty, released in 2003 following Diana's death in 1997.

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Prince William and Prince Harry slammed the book as a "cold and overt betrayal" of their late mother.

Burrell made millions from the publication and later starred in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Among his claims was that Diana often spoke about a plot to tamper with her brakes prior to her fatal crash in Paris in 1997.

Burrell has been contacted for comment.


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