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Burrell in bitter attack on palace

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Royal courtiers poisoned the minds of Princes William and Harry, Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell claimed as his war of words with Buckingham Palace escalated.

The ex-servant's latest attack came two days after the princes -- second and third in line to the British throne -- issued a scathing condemnation of his revelations about their mother's life and his controversial new book.

In a separate move, Burrell's wife, Maria, expressed staunch support for her husband while also criticizing those behind the scenes in the royal household.

Burrell has been unrepentant over his novel, A Royal Duty, and his revelations about his former boss Diana, Princess of Wales.

He has refused to apologize for writing it, despite the princes' labelling it a "cold and overt betrayal" of their mother. (Full story)

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Burrell accuses royal courtiers of poisoning the brothers' "little minds."

He claimed the letters, allegedly to and from Diana and serialized in the Daily Mirror tabloid last week, were just the "tip of the iceberg."

More would come out, he said, if Diana's name continued to be besmirched. Describing himself as "the keeper of these secrets," Burrell told the newspaper: "I know where the boundary is and I do not cross that line.

"Anything I reveal is to illustrate a fact. Other books have been rather sad betrayals."

The ex-butler, whose book is published Monday also said he feared "dark forces" are still monitoring him.

William and Harry have said they would be prepared to meet Burrell after appealing for him to end his revelations. A spokeswoman for Clarence House said any meeting would be a private affair and added that she doubted the princes would read the book, but accepted it was going to be published.

However, Maria Burrell said the princes would think differently if they read it and said no one had considered her sons.

She told the Sunday Mirror: "What about my boys? What about my family? No-one gave them any consideration when their dad was dragged to court and threatened with prison when all he did was protect Princess Diana's world."

Describing her husband as the "Princess's greatest protector, she said her family had suffered at the hands of senior royal advisers.

"My family went to hell and back and we almost lost everything because of these people," she told the newspaper.

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Diana and her former butler, Paul Burrell, are seen in this 1997 photo.

The Burrells were back at home in Farndon, Cheshire, Sunday, after staying at a nearby luxury hotel with their two teenage sons.

Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, warned Saturday that Burrell was a "runaway train" who would "dine out" on his meeting with the princes. (Full story)

On Friday, the Daily Mirror published an excerpt of Burrell's book in which he said Princess Diana had nine secret "gentleman friends" including a Hollywood star, a sports legend, a leading musician and a famous politician. (Full story)

The day before he said Diana never wanted a divorce from Prince Charles but said her relationship with him had been poisoned by "envy, jealousy and hatred" from his family and friends. (Full story)

Meanwhile, in an interview with Scotland's Sunday Post, Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed said Diana had told him she feared her life was in danger before she died, which made him immediately suspicious about the crash, which also claimed the life of his son, Dodi.


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