LONDON (AP) _ Despite an appeal to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell has been told to leave his rent-free house in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace said Sunday.

In a letter last week, Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Michael Peat, who is responsible for the queen's accounts, informed Burrell he must leave by the end of July, as agreed after Diana's death in a car crash on Aug. 31.

Burrell, who travels widely as fund-raising manager for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, had asked the queen to allow him and his family to remain at their London base.

Burrell, 39, says he has found it difficult to obtain affordable family accommodation in London.

Now his wife, Maria, and their two young children will move to the house the family bought recently in Mrs. Burrell's hometown of Wrexham, north Wales. Burrell, who spends much of his time in London, will visit them at weekends.

``Paul Burrell has known since late last year that he would have to leave. Everybody who leaves royal employment has to leave the free accommodation provided in connection with it,'' a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

``He was told that he could stay until the end of July, after the end of the school year,'' said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.