Prince William (search) has arranged to meet his mother's former butler to try to shame him into silence, now that the ex-palace worker's tell-all memoir has embarrassed the royal family and dragged Princess Diana's (search) name through the mud.
But if Paul Burrell (search) agrees to silence, it may be too late - his book, "A Royal Duty," had an initial press run of 125,000 in Britain, and its U.S. publisher plans to print 1 million copies, London's Mirror newspaper reported.
William, 21 - the eldest of Diana's two sons with Prince Charles (search) - got approval from Queen Elizabeth (search) in a weekend phone call to meet Burrell to persuade him to hand over Diana's personal papers, according to The Times of London.
Burrell appears to have agreed to the meeting, telling a TV interviewer:
"We will talk to each other man to man . . . and nobody will ever know."
Burrell raised British royal hackles last week with the release of his tell-all, in which he dished about the princess's marriage and love life.
The book especially infuriated William and brother Harry, and they have openly criticized Burrell, calling his memoirs a cold and overt betrayal.
One of Burrell's most outrageous claims in the book is the eerie revelation that Diana feared there was a plot to kill her - 10 months before she died in a car crash in France in 1997 - further fueling conspiracy theories.
But while the book has caused a sensation back home in Britain, it barely made a ripple when it hit bookshelves here for the first time yesterday at stores like Rockefeller Center's Barnes & Noble.
Although some shoppers were curious enough to pick it up and flip through the pages, none were seen actually seen buying it.
"That guy's a scumbag. The dead can't talk," said Darrell Evariste, 35, of Manhattan. "I'm not going to read it."