Paul Burrell let off perjury charge

Princess Diana’s former butler will not be investigated on allegations he committed perjury during the inquest into her death, it has been confirmed.

Paul Burrell was due to be investigated by the Metropolitan Police after they received a complaint last month that Burrell had not been telling the truth during the inquest of Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris, France, in 1997.

However, the police said they will now not be pursuing the investigation after reviewing the evidence and consulting the Crown Prosecution Service and Lord Justice Scott Baker, who presided over the inquest.

In the statement, a spokesperson said: “As a result we have reached the decision that there is insufficient admissible evidence to prove that an offence of perjury has occurred and therefore do not believe it to be appropriate to instigate a police investigation.”

During the inquest, Baker claimed Burrell – who was filmed on secret video tape boasting he had told included a few “red herrings” in his testimony – had not been telling the truth while he was giving evidence.

He said: “It was blindingly obvious wasn’t it, that the evidence that he gave in this courtroom was not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

The inquest found that Diana and her lover, Dodi Fayed, were unlawfully killed by the grossly negligent driving of their chauffeur and paparazzi photographers pursuing them in the tunnel in Paris.