We are all invited to support or condemn a man on the strength of unconfirmed gossip and anti-gay prejudice
Whenever the Queen opens a new session of parliament, it is a regal occasion. Today's, however, took place against a backdrop of scandal and calls for a "palace inquisition. One member of Parliament, Tony Wright, said the royals need to figure out how to handle their place in a modern society.
All the fallout is the result of the collapse of the trial of Paul Burrell, Princess Diana's longtime butler. Burrell had been charged with stealing over of Diana's belongings, but the court case fell apart just before Burrell took the stand, when the Queen sensationally revealed he had told her what was going on.
In the tabloid frenzy that followed, the allegations flew. An aide to Prince Charles has been accused of sexually assaulting another staff member.
Former royal servant George Smith says he was raped by the aide in and that the man tried to assault him again in The charge is it was a homosexual assault and that there was a cover-up. Burrell told Vargas the princess had no plans for the tape, even though she never disposed of it.
The inquiry, annouced Tuesday, hasn't even started yet, but the lead investigator, Sir Michael Peat, Prince Charles's Private Secretary, is already being accused of a whitewash.
And that's the instruction that I've been given by the Prince of Wales," he said. Burrell said the palace's public relations fiasco is typical of the House of Windsor because the royals are not great communicators.
So they rely on their advisers to tell them the truth. Someone has been telling lies, someone has been giving bad advice.
And they should find out who it is. This could happen again," Burrell said. Prince Charles says the plan is to find out who is telling the truth and who is not.
Meanwhile, the butler, whose court case started this spectacle, watches it all from New York, from a seemingly safe distance. Excerpts from the interview will air daily on Good Morning America next week.
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