What the Butler Unleashed

Lovers sneaked into the palace? Gay romps aboard a royal yacht? Diana's servant sets off a tabloid frenzy

At royal flummery, no one beats the British. Last Wednesday, accompanied by retainers with ancient titles like the Rouge Croix Pursuivant, Queen Elizabeth processed into the House of Lords to open Parliament by reading a dull speech in a firm voice. But underneath the imperial crown, the 76-year-old monarch looked drawn and frail, perhaps because of something else the British are best at: royal scandal.

Once more the baleful ghost of Diana, people's princess and petulant self-promoter, is roiling the House of Windsor. Her unlikely agent for this work is her former butler Paul Burrell, the man she called "my rock,"...

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