London, Nov. 5 (Reuters): Princess Diana’s former butler, dramatically cleared last week of stealing hundreds of her belongings after Queen Elizabeth intervened in his trial, has sold his story to a British tabloid newspaper.
Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan told Sky News television that his paper had paid Paul Burrell, Diana’s “rock”, between £250,000 and £500,000 for the “sensational” story of his arrest and trial
“I don’t think he’s ever going to betray Diana and I don’t think he’s ever going to betray the queen,” Morgan said. “But I think there are other people who are going to be trembling in their boots tonight.”
Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair leapt to the defence of the queen who came under fire over her role in Burrell’s trial, which collapsed on Friday.
The collapse meant Burrell was cleared stealing over 300 personal items belonging to Diana following her death in 1997.
Burrell’s agent today said he was being lined up to present a television gameshow called “What the Butler Saw”.
Burrell agreed to host the show — which will focus on royal and social scandals — in the wake of his acquittal. “It will be called ‘What the Butler Saw’ and Paul will present it,” the former royal butler’s agent Dave Warwick said.
British gameshow creator Stephen Leahy, dubbed “Mr Quiz Show” in the British press, is the brainchild behind the show.
Leahy, chairman of TV firm Ludus Entertainment, said he was due to begin talks with US studios next Wednesday.
“We were creating a quiz already and then with Paul’s acquittal it fitted like a glove,” Leahy said. “Royalty will feature in every show. Paul is urbane and sharp-witted and I think the public will warm to him immediately.”