Britain’s Princess Diana’s former butler could face a prison sentence after he admitted to lying at the inquest into her death.

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Paul Burrell – who worked for the princess for 10 years until her death in August 1997 – was caught on tape boasting to a friend about the lies he told the jury at London’s High Court.

He said: “When you swear an oath, you have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

“I told the truth as far as I could – but I don’t tell the whole truth. Perjury is not a nice thing to have to contemplate.

“I was very naughty and I made a couple of red herrings, and I couldn’t help doing it. I know you shouldn’t play with justice and I know it’s illegal and I realise how serious it is.”

Burrell is also heard in the video – which was shot at a New York hotel and obtained by Britain’s The Sun newspaper – telling his acquaintance: “Do you honestly think I’ve told everything I know? Of course I haven’t. I didn’t tell the whole truth.”

Meanwhile, Mohamed Al fayed – whose son Dodi was Diana’s lover and also killed in the Paris car crash – is set to give evidence at the inquest today (18.02.08).

The Harrods owner has always insisted Diana and Dodi were killed by the British establishment because the couple were about to announce their engagement and the princess was pregnant.

He said: “This is the moment for me to say exactly what I feel happened.”

Al Fayed said he had been “fighting for 10 years” and added: “With God’s help I hope the truth will come out.”