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– Deutsche Press Agentur (DPA), August, 1988
Yorkshire Post | Oct 3, 2007
By Andrew Vine
SENSATIONAL claims that Princess Diana was murdered on the instructions of the Duke of Edinburgh after she expressed fears of an attempt on her life dominated the opening of the inquest into her death yesterday.
The jury heard allegations that Prince Philip was at the heart of a conspiracy to murder Diana and her lover, Dodi Fayed, after ordering MI6 to prepare a report on them for the Royal Family. The car crash that killed them both in Paris on August 31, 1997 was then engineered, the jury heard.
The claim of murder by Dodi’s father, Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, was at the heart of coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker’s opening statement to the jury at the inquest at the High Court in London yesterday.
And the jury was told how Diana had expressed fears that she would be the victim of an arranged accident if, as she believed, the Queen abdicated and Prince Charles succeeded to the throne, saying that would create a need to “get rid of her, via some accident in her car such as prepared brake failure”.
The judge told the jury of six women and five men that many had come to believe something “sinister” may lie behind the crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in which Diana, 36, and 42-year-old Dodi were killed with their driver, Henri Paul.
He added that Mr al-Fayed also believes MI6 had been commissioned to write a special report on his family to be presented to the Royal Family.
The judge said: “It is his belief that a decision was taken at that time to kill Diana and Dodi. He places Prince Philip at the heart of the conspiracy, you will have to listen carefully to the witnesses you hear to see whether there is any evidence to support this assertion.”
Mr al-Fayed believes that Diana was carrying Dodi’s child and that they would have announced their engagement on September 1 that year, the day after the crash, but the Royal Family “could not accept that an Egyptian Muslim could eventually be stepfather to the future King of England”.
He is convinced that Henri Paul was in the pay of MI6 and French secret services, and the crash was caused by a combination of a collision with a mystery white Fiat Uno and a blinding flash from a stun gun deliberately fired. Two official inquiries concluded that Paul had been drinking and lost control of the car whilst driving too fast. But the inquest heard that Diana had written a note to her ex-butler, Paul Burrell, saying Prince Charles wanted her dead so he could marry their nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke. Diana also claimed Ms Legge-Bourke had undergone an abortion.
The jury was told of a note written by one of Diana’s lawyers, Lord Mishcon, following a meeting at Kensington Palace in October 1995.
In the note, Lord Mishcon said: “Her Royal Highness said that she had been informed by reliable sources whom she did not wish to reveal … that (a) The Queen would be abdicating in April and the Prince of Wales would then assume the throne and (b) efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car such as prepared brake failure or whatever) between now and then.”
Lord Justice Scott Baker also said Mr al-Fayed had claimed Diana had told him she believed her life was in danger.
He said: “Mohamed al-Fayed says during the summer holiday she often told him she would be
murdered by the Royal Family.
“She would go up in a helicopter and never come down alive.”
He went on: “It is clear that there are many members of the public who are concerned that something sinister may have caused the collision in which Diana and two others died.
“One of the purposes of the inquest is to investigate the incident thoroughly so that the public suspicion is either dispelled or substantiated.”
He said there would be a “vigorous and searching” investigation of the evidence to find the truth.
Lord Justice Scott Baker told the jury: “Most, if not all, of you will remember where you were when you heard about the subsequent death of the Princess of Wales.
“None of you would for a moment have thought that over 10 years later you might be in a jury investigating the events related to that tragic August night.”
The inquest is set to continue for up to six months.
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MI6 and Princess Diana: Unpublished document pertaining to the “Car Accident Plot”
Text of sworn testimony of former MI6 Agent Richard Tomlinson
The 1999 sworn testimony of MI6 Agent Richard Tomlininson made available to French police investigators and judicial authorities was first posted on Global Research in October 2003. This testimony which was never made public, reveals certain circumstances pertaining to the death of the Princess of Wales ten years ago in late August 1997.
Lord Goldsmith moves to gag spy giving evidence in Diana case
The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, has used a gagging order against former MI6 agent, Richard Tomlinson, to stop him from giving evidence by video link to the Diana inquest. It is the second time in the past ten days Lord Goldsmith has become involved in a gagging order controversy. Like his attempt to silence the BBC over its report on the cash-for-honours scandal, the order against Tomlinson is also surrounded by secrecy. A surprised senior lawyer at the French bar, maitre Clotele Normand, who is acting for the government to enforce the gagging order because Tomlinson now lives near Nice, said: “I am astonished you have learned of this. I am not authorised to answer your questions on the matter. I cannot discuss how English law can be enforced in France against Mr Tomlinson. My instructions are that nothing can be publicly said on this matter”, said the lawyer in Paris. Tomlinson’s own lawyer, Yves Rousarie, says the gagging order raised “disturbing questions”.
DRIVER ‘MET MI6 SPY’ ON CRASH NIGHT
Renegade spy Richard Tomlinson will tell the Princess Diana inquest that he believes Ritz hotel security chief Henri Paul met an MI6 handler on the night she died. Today we also reveal a French spy chief allegedly seen chatting to Paul on the night of the crash is refusing to give evidence at the inquest. Mr Tomlinson, a former MI6 officer once jailed for leaking Government secrets, will make sensational claims via a videolink from his bolthole in France to the inquest in London. He is refusing to return to Britain to give evidence in person because he fears he will be arrested and jailed. Cambridge-educated Mr Tomlinson, 40, will give evidence supporting the claim by Harrods tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed that there was an Establishment plot to kill Diana to stop her marrying his son, Dodi, a Muslim.
Ousted spook to finger MI6 for Diana’s death
Richard Tomlinson says the way the Princess and her boyfriend died closely resembles a British secret service plan to eliminate Slobodan Milosevic. A New Zealander’s evidence could form a crucial piece of the puzzle as the world waits to hear the true story behind the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Richard Tomlinson, a renegade British secret service spy who was born in Ngaruawahia, is due to give evidence to the Royal Courts of Justice in London during the inquests into the 1997 deaths of the Princess and Dodi Al Fayed. Lord Justice Scott Baker, who is heading the inquests, has listed 20 key issues that he will focus on. And one of those is whether Mr Tomlinson’s evidence throws any light on the collision. Mr Tomlinson, a highly controversial figure who worked for MI6 and was later sacked by the organisation, claims the Princess’ death was curiously similar to a fate planned by MI6 for Serbian leader President Slobodan Milosevic in the early 1990s. He also claims the Princess and Al Fayed’s driver, Henri Paul, who was also killed in the crash, worked for MI6.