Princess Diana's longtime butler and confidant, Paul Burrell, was initially arrested on suspicion of theft in January of 2001, following a pre-dawn raid of his home in northwestern England. The police searched Burrell's residence for more than 12 hours and seized 342 items that they believe were stolen from Diana's apartment in Kensington Palace.
Burrell denies the charges against him. His attorney, Andrew Shaw, claims that Diana, trusting no one else, asked Burrell to store the seized items for her. The many photographs and letters found on the list seem to support that notion. Other items, like a letter opener (item 3) might well be a Royal hand-me-down.
It is in theory possible that Diana asked Burrell to store a Versace gown (item 234) and a Cartier clock (item 197) (for her). But what about an Indiana Jones whip (Schedule A, item 5 ) or a framed photo of Prince William with model Naomi Campbell (schedule C, item 20)? Included in the stash are two dozen items belonging to Prince Charles and Prince William.
Burrell will have much to explain when his trial begins on Oct. 14.
The official tally of the royal belongings allegedly pilfered by Burrell was made public and is listed below.
Staff and Agencies — Friday August 17, 2001
The full list of charges against Paul Burrell is as follows:
1. On or before June 30, 1998, at Kensington Palace, you did steal property as detailed in the attached schedule A belonging to HRH The Prince of Wales. Contrary to Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968.
2. On or before June 30, 1998, at Kensington Palace, you did steal property as detailed in the attached schedule B belonging to the estate of Diana, Princess of Wales. Contrary to Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968.
3. On or before June 30, 1998, at Kensington Palace, you did steal property as detailed in the attached Schedule C belonging to HRH Prince William of Wales. Contrary to Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968.
Schedule A — Prince Charles’ Belongings
1. One wooden plaque with white metal relief portrait of Elizabeth, Duchess of York.
2. One silver salver, inscribed HRH The Duchess of Clarence, Christmas 1826.
3. One white metal pepper grinder.
4. One black book entitled Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
5. One Indiana Jones whip.
6. One letter addressed to St James' Palace re: Indiana Jones bullwhip.
Schedule B — Princess Diana’s Belongings
1. One inventory for apartments 8 and 9.
2. One letter opener in case.
3. One framed photograph of the Prince of Wales.
4. One framed photograph and photo frame.
5. Five plates in green box (Blue Peter collection).
6. One pencil drawing of Prince William in frame.
7. One box containing nightwear.
8. One family album (Spencer).
9. One large red leather bound photograph album with the word "Diana" hand-written on inside cover.
10. One box crockery and three miniatures.
11. One book entitled "British Music Hall".
12. One box of Stuart crystal.
13. One jewellery box.
14. One box of crockery.
15. One box of crockery.
16. One plate with Prince of Wales Crest.
17. One rug in Versace carrier bag.
18. Three hats in a box.
19. One box with two oval pictures inside.
20. One writing case.
21. One butterfly handbag.
22. One hat in black hat box.
23. One hat in Selfridges hat box.
24. Eight photoframes.
25. Four inventories.
26. One colour photograph signed "Charles 1988".
27. One colour photograph signed "Diana".
28. Two colour photographs.