— As Princess Diana's former butler gives the media inside information about his time with her — claiming she never wanted to divorce Prince Charles, and that she feared for her safety — her sons say they feel betrayed.
"We cannot believe that Paul who was entrusted with so much could abuse his position in such a cold and overt betrayal," Prince William and Prince Harry said in a joint written statement.
"It is not only deeply painful for the two of us but also for everyone else affected," the statement continued, "and it would mortify our mother if she were alive today and, if we might say so, we feel we are more able to speak for our mother than Paul."
In a statement given to ABCNEWS and later read to the British media, Burrell said he is "saddened" by the princes' reaction to published details from his forthcoming book, A Royal Duty, which "is nothing more than a tribute to their mother." He said he hopes William and Harry will "think differently" upon reading the entire book.
"My only intention in writing this book was to defend the princess and stand in her corner," Burrell said.
However, he added, he would not apologize for the book.
"I would also like to point out that following the collapse of my Old Bailey trial last year, no one from the royal family contacted me or said 'sorry' for the ordeal myself, my wife and my sons were put through," Burrell said. "Neither do I say 'sorry' for writing this book of which I am extremely proud. And I am convinced the princess would be proud of it too. I've told the truth. The British public should know the truth."
Diana Never Wanted Divorce
In his exclusive interview with Barbara Walters for ABCNEWS' 20/20, Diana's former butler and confidant says the princess never wanted to divorce Prince Charles, and hoped for a reconciliation with the prince in spite of Charles' highly publicized relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Burrell says Diana didn't just love Charles, she adored him. "She fell desperately in love with him. … She wrote letters to friends to tell them how in love she was, how much she adored him, and what a lucky lady she was," Burrell says.
Even as their relationship was falling apart, Burrell says, "She still wanted to work with the marriage." Six years after Diana's death, Burrell has released a controversial new book, in which he discloses intimate details about Diana's personal life. "She called me her emotional washing machine," Burrell tells Walters.
Burrell said Diana sent him a handwritten note claiming she "never wanted a divorce" from Prince Charles, and said Diana kept more than 20 photographs of Prince Charles in her room at Kensington Palace. In the prince's own way, Burrell says, Charles also continued to love Diana after their marriage broke up. Charles sent her flowers on her birthday and gifts on Valentine's Day.
"There's a bit of her that always loved the prince until the day she died."
Burrell says that Prince Philip tried to keep Charles and Diana's marriage together, but dispelled widespread rumors that Philip made derogatory remarks about Diana, such as calling her "a harlot." On the contrary, Burrell said Prince Philip said in a letter to Diana, "How could anyone in their right mind leave you for Camilla?"
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