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Di's Butler 'Sings Like A Canary'

The butler's done it again.

Paul Burrell, the butler whom Princess Diana called her "rock" and who was once charged with hoarding hundreds of her personal items, is at the center of another Diana-connected controversy. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.

Tuesday's revelation in London's "Daily Mirror," which is excerpting Burrell's new book on the princess, is a letter to Diana purportedly from her father-in-law Prince Philip, in which the prince at least partially blames her for the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

Referring to Charles' longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Philip writes: "Can you honestly look into your heart and say that Charles relationship with Camilla had nothing to do with your behavior toward him in your marriage?"

The editor of the paper running the excerpts is, not surprisingly, hyping the letter for all it's worth.

In it, the prince expresses the royal family's amazement at the breakup of her marriage. "I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla," Philip wrote, according to Burrell's book "A Royal Duty."

Piers Morgan, editor of the "Daily Mirror" says, "Everybody assumed that Prince Philip was vile to Diana that he wrote a vile letter to her calling her a trollop and a harlot and all these kinds of things, when the reality, and I've seen the material, is very different."

Tuesday's revelation about Diana comes on the heels of Monday's claim by Burrell that Diana had written him a letter expressing fears that she would be killed in car accident beacuse she thought someone was trying to kill her by tampering with the brakes on her car.

She was killed, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

A French judge has ruled that the driver's use of drugs and alcohol, and the car's high speed, caused the accident.

Dodi Fayed's father Mohammed al Fayed, who has never accepted that the crash was an accident, called for a public inquiry into the deaths.

Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman ruled out an inquiry.

He said there eventually would be a coroner's inquest into Diana's death once French legal processes have been completed. An inquest also will be held into Dodi Fayed's death, although a date has not been set.

Neither Prince Charles' office nor a spokeswoman for Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, would comment on Burrell's claims.

The former butler stood trial last year for allegedly stealing hundreds of items from the princess's estate. The trial collapsed after the queen confirmed that Burrell had told her he was holding some of Diana's items for safekeeping.

Some people in Britain, though, are worrying that Burrell, by writing his book, is tampering with Diana's legacy and for one reason: "Money, very simple," says royal watcher Victoria Mather.

"I was completely wrong about Paul Burrell. I thought he'd always be loyal to the princess, that he would be the perfect butler. Would never say anything. How wrong was that? He's singing like a canary."

What's it all prove? That Diana, six years after her death, can still make news. And for those who claim to have had particular access to her, that her story still sells papers and maybe books.

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