Former Royal butler Paul Burrell has claimed the Queen warned him his closeness to Diana, Princess of Wales, could put his safety at risk.
He says the dramatic comments were made during the same three-hour meeting that, when eventually recalled by the Queen, triggered the collapse of his trial for theft last week.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, for which he was paid £300,000, he says she told him: "There are powers at work in this country about which we have no knowledge."
Mr Burrell also claims that the Queen tried to build bridges with Diana before she died.
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