London, Dec. 7 (AFP): Britain’s Princess Diana allowed a close friend to bury her stillborn baby in the grounds of her royal residence, a British newspaper reported today.
The Daily Mail’s front-page revelation is reportedly another twist in the royal butlers’ saga, caused by the recent collapse in controversial circumstances of the trials of two former butlers to Diana, each charged with stealing her valuables.
According to the tabloid, Diana — who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 — invited her friend Rosa Monckton to bury her baby girl Natalia, stillborn following a six-month pregnancy, in the grounds of Kensington palace.
It said that Natalia was buried at Diana’s west London home in April 1994 in an unmarked grave dug by Paul Burrell and Harold Brown, the butlers acquitted of stealing Diana’s possessions at separate trials during the past five weeks.
The burial was a small affair with just Monckton, her husband, Diana and a Catholic priest present, the Mail said.
It added that the revelation came to light because Brown wanted to make clear that Burrell was not the only significant figure in Diana’s life. Burrell claimed during his trial that Diana referred to him as her “Rock”.
An “intimate friend” of Brown told a journalist about the secret burial to prove that Diana had as much faith in him as she had in Burrell, the Mail said.
Monckton and her husband Dominic Lawson — editor of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper — have refused comment on the revelation.