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Royals inspecting butler's book

Philip offered sympathy for Diana, Daily Mirror reported.
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LONDON, England -- Buckingham Palace is scrutinizing parts of a book written by a former royal butler in relation to letters exchanged between the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Diana.

The alleged letters, published in Paul Burrell's book "A Royal Duty" and serialized in a UK tabloid newspaper, reveal Prince Philip's sympathy towards Diana during her troubled marriage.

The Daily Mirror reported that Philip wrote in a 1992 letter: "I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla." (Full Story)

The report goes on to say that the duke wrote: "We do not approve of either of you having lovers. Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position.

But palace advisers wanted an advance copy of Burrell's book to assess its impact on the Royal Family. It is due out in the U.S. Monday.

The sections were delivered by hand by publisher Penguin Tuesday.

Penguin spokeswoman Joanna Prior did not wish to discuss suggestions there might be concerns over the copyright of the duke's letters.

Prior told the UK's Press Association: "The Palace was in touch earlier today on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"We have to protect our commercial interests, serialization rights and so on, and it did not seem appropriate to hand over the whole book.

"We did however deliver, by hand, sections of the book referring to the duke and sought to clarify the situation."

The news comes on the third day of revelations from the book. On Wednesday, letters from Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, show how the siblings had drifted apart after a close childhood.

Earl Spencer's letters reportedly reveal a concern for the princesses' health. He is also alleged to have acknowledged in the April 1986 letter that they had lost touch over the years in the letter.

Other extracts have revealed the Princess of Wales' fear of a plot to kill her by tampering with her car brakes -- 10 months before she died in a car accident in a Paris tunnel.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has rejected a call for a full public inquiry into the death of Princess Diana after renewed calls by Mohamed al Fayed, whose son Dodi also died in the Paris crash. (Full story)

Downing Street justified the refusal by pointing to the "exhaustive" investigations carried out by French authorities.

Diana's former sister in law, Sarah Ferguson, told CNN's Larry King it was time to let the princess rest in peace. "It's very sad really. God bless her and rest in peace. It's so sad without her ... I really miss her ... We were so close."

The Duchess of York said Burrell's book was distasteful. "Here he is writing another book, making money from memories. But she was such a great person ... we don't need to know any more.

"It's so sad we're still discussing it Larry because yet again it means somebody is profiting from her death."


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