Di's Butler Refuses Court Return

Burrell denies he perjured himself to princess' inquest
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2008 1:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Princess Diana’s ex-butler rejected a request to return to Britain to clarify statements made to a reporter about having lied to the inquest into her death, the Guardian reports today. Paul Burrell, who now lives in Florida, says he had "been drinking all evening and was tired and depressed" the night he was unwittingly videotaped bragging about perjuring himself.

"I am not proud of this. I was trying to impress him. The comments I made to him were not correct," Burrell said in a statement alleging he'd been entrapped by a Sun reporter. When speaking to the inquest “my evidence may at times have strayed from the strictly relevant, but at no time did I tell any untruths."