Queen stepped in to stop Diana’s butler being wrongly sent to jail for theft

Princess Diana's former butler has told of how the Queen stopped him being wrongly convicted for stealing the Princess of Wales clothes.

Paul Burrell said her Majesty stepped in to lift a law forbidding him to disclose details of their private conversations shortly after Diana's death when he was on trial at the Old Bailey.

Her new information confirmed it wasn't a Palace theft, so Paul was cleared of all charges

Speaking on Channel 5's Secrets of the Royal Palaces, he said: "I couldn't believe that I was free to walk out of the Old Bailey instead of into a prison sentence.

"Never before had a Monarch intervened in a criminal court case.

"She saved me. She saved me from what I thought was my fate. I think she saved me because she know me, and I was her boy for 11 years.

"She saw me grow and have two children, and I think she cared.

"She cared about me and what would happen to my family."

A police officer saw Diana's close friend pulling up at Kensington Palace at 3.30am ten months after her death in 1997, the Mirror reports.

Paul took some of her things to his Cheshire home after disagreeing with her family that they should be preserved for her sons Princes William and Harry.

But he was charged three years later after police investigating Princess Diana's private items being sold in the US found 2,000 of her items at his home in a dawn raid.

He said of his conversation with the Queen: "We were standing in her sitting room, just the two of us, and we had an open and frank discussion.

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"I told her everything that had happened. I said I had taken upon myself to keep things the princess had given to me for safe keeping, and I've protected them.

"She understood that."

Paul had previously been unable to discuss the conversation due to confidentially protocol.

Solicitor Mark Stephens explains: "Paul Burrell couldn't say to his lawyers, look I told the Queen that I had taken all of this.

"He was prevented from doing so. Many people will not be aware of the protocol, but when you have a private audience with the sovereign you're not supposed to repeat what has passed between you.

"It is entirely confidential. The confidence belongs to the sovereign, so it's up to the sovereign whether she reveals what you spoke about or doesn't."

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