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Royal Butler Recalled to Diana Inquest

Paul Burrell is asked to return after video suggests he lied
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 5:15 PM CST
Royal Butler Recalled to Diana Inquest
Princess Diana's butler and confidant Paul Burrell poses for photographer during a lunch break at the coroner's inquest into the death the late Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed at the High Court in London, Monday Jan. 14, 2008. A video transcribed by the Sun newspaper suggests he dropped "red herrings"...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – After a video showed the former royal butler saying he’d been untruthful during an appearance at the Princess Diana inquest, Paul Burrell is being asked to return and explain himself, reports the BBC. In the tape, Burrell allegedly claims to have dropped “red herrings” and kept secrets in his testimony; his lawyers say the statements were drawn from “insidious” questioning from the Sun newspaper.

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The request to return is “informal,” and Burrell, who is currently in the US, could choose not to do so. But if he came back to Britain later, says a legal expert, he could be charged with perjury. In his earlier statement at the inquest, Burrell called a royal conspiracy to kill Diana “impossible.” (Read more Princess Diana stories.)

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