The Princess Diana Inquest *updates*

  1. The public inquest into Princess Diana's death began last week in the UK. Below is a website that has transcripts of the hearings that is updated daily, plus a lot of other information.

    http://www.scottbaker-inquests.gov.uk/
     
  2. Fascinating! Thank you so much for the link!
     
  3. I'm sure the inquest will establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the assassination was an accident.
     
  4. I hope so too!
     
  5. Poor Diana, & how stressful for her boys for this to still be going on 10 years + later!

    I never believed it was an accident!
     
  6. Update...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1424821020080114

    Diana's mother called her a whore: court

    Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:54pm EST
    By Paul Majendie

    LONDON (Reuters) - Princess Diana's former butler told the inquest into her death on Monday that her mother had called her a whore for dating Muslim men.

    Paul Burrell said Diana broke off relations with her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, after she had "expressed herself in extremely forceful terms about Diana's consorts, especially if they were Muslim".

    Burrell, revealing the contents of a call Diana asked him to listen into, said Shand Kydd, who died in 2004, "called the Princess a whore and she said that she was messing around with f-ing Muslim men and she was disgraceful and said some very nasty things".

    Diana was killed in a high-speed Paris car crash in August 1997 with her lover Dodi al-Fayed. She had previously had a relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

    Burrell has written two books about his time as the princess's butler and his memoirs have been serialized extensively in the tabloid press.

    Speaking to a packed court, Burrell said he was convinced Britain's Royal family did not plot to kill her, an accusation leveled at the House of Windsor by Dodi's father, Harrods department store owner Mohamed al-Fayed.

    He said Diana had been considering "a private marriage" to Khan before they broke up and disputed claims she was getting engaged to Dodi al-Fayed.

    Dodi's father alleges that Dodi and Diana were killed by British security services on the orders of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband and Diana's former father-in-law.

    Fayed believes her killing was ordered because the royal family did not want the mother of the future king having a child with his son. He alleges that Diana's body was embalmed to cover up evidence she was expecting a baby.

    But in extensive testimony to the inquest into Dodi and Diana's deaths, the butler who has described himself as "Diana's rock" consistently refuted all conspiracy theories.

    Asked about accusations that her father-in-law could have plotted Diana's death, Burrell told the court: "Prince Philip is not a nasty man."

    "The princess was the mother of his grandchildren. Why would he want to harm her? It's not possible."

    Asked about letters between Philip and Diana when her marriage to Prince Charles was crumbling, Burrell said: "Prince Philip is not known for diplomacy but he certainly wouldn't have written nasty notes to the princess. He was fond of the princess."

    HEART SPECIALIST

    A handwritten note from Diana was produced in court in which she expressed fears that heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles was "planning an accident in my car, brake failure and serious head injury".

    Burrell said: "I don't believe that Prince Charles was capable of murdering the princess."

    Asked if Diana had contemplated marriage to Hasnat Khan, Burrell said: "Yes, she did."

    "She asked me if it was possible to arrange a private marriage between her and Hasnat Khan," Burrell said. He approached a Roman Catholic priest in London about the possible arrangements.

    But Diana's affair with Khan ended with the surgeon unable to cope with the possibility of living under a remorseless media spotlight with the world's most photographed woman.

    Asked about her summer romance with Dodi al-Fayed, Burrell said: "I think the princess was still burning a candle for Mr Khan."

    "The princess said he (Khan) was her soul mate. This was the man she loved more than any other," Burrell told the court.

    Burrell said Dodi had given Diana a gold Bulgari ring -- but it was a friendship ring and not an engagement ring.

    Asked if he thought the couple had engagement plans, Burrell said: "I find that difficult to believe. This was only a 30-day relationship and the princess had just finished a long-term relationship with someone she cared very deeply about."

    (Editing by Giles Elgood)
     
  7. I'll never believe it was anything more than just a tragic accident. Her driver was drunk and speeding. He lost control of the car. End of story.

    I cannot imagine what it's like to have to live your life with your mother's fidelity and love life exposed for all to see like the young princes do. Their mother was a saint in my book, and all this media carp is just trying to smear her memory.
     
  8. Paul Burrell is just hideous, I wouldn't believe a word that came out of his mouth
     
  9. I really dont understand the point of all this. are they trying to find out what killed her?

    what does it matter what Diana did when she was alive? the woman is at peace and I think for the sake of her children, people should leave her and her death alone.

    nothing good will come out for finding out these alleged answers.
     
  10. The guy is such a worm!


    Butler Back For Another 'Ghastly' Time

    By Sarah Hughes SKY.COM
    Royal correspondent
    Updated:11:42, Wednesday January 16, 2008
    Diana's former butler Paul Burrell is back in the witness box for a third day today and he's unlikely to be looking forward to the experience.

    [​IMG] Paul Burrell faced tricky time in court



    He squirmed under robust cross-examination yesterday as it emerged the "big secret" he'd pledged to take with him to the grave wasn't a secret at all.
    When pressed, Mr Burrell finally admitted it concerned a possible move by the Princess to either the United States or South Africa.
    But as the coroner told the jury, that information was already in the public domain, part of it in Mr Burrell's book no less.


    Mr Burrell looked smart in a handmade suit although he was a little bleary-eyed after a 400-mile round trip overnight to collect documents that turned out to be irrelevant.
    He said giving evidence was "ghastly" and "horrid".
    "It's not easy sitting up here with the pressure on, with an eminent QC like yourself," he told Mohamed al Fayed's barrister, Michael Mansfield.
    But if he was hoping flattery would get him an easier ride he'd have been sorely disappointed.


    [​IMG] Princess Diana and her butler



    Mr Mansfield accused Mr Burrell of being "all over the place" and of changing his story.
    "It's very confusing to be put on the spot to remember a lifetime of memories," the butler protested.
    "I've never been compelled to reveal things that I did not want to before."
    His complaints elicited little sympathy.
    There was laughter in court as Mr Mansfield reminded Mr Burrell he'd been more than happy to tell all about his life with the Princess in two very lucrative books.
    It's thought the butler-turned-reality-TV-star, who now lives in Florida, is worth around £5m.
    But he's assured those involved in the inquest that he has no plans to write any further books or reveal any more of the Princess' secrets.
     
  11. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008


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    Lady Sarah McCorquodale arrives at London's High Court to give evidence for the inquest into the deaths of her sister Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed, Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Princess Diana feared her boyfriend's father was spying on her as the couple took a Mediterranean cruise, Diana's sister said Monday. The princess feared the yacht she and Dodi Fayed were vacationing aboard had been bugged by Dodi's father, Mohammed Al Fayed, her sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale told an inquest investigating Diana and Dodi's death. "She thought the boat was being bugged by Mr. Al Fayed senior," McCorquodale said, telling the court Diana shared her concern during a phone conversation from the yacht. McCorquodale said she assumed the princess was talking over a mobile phone. Diana, Dodi, and their driver Henri Paul died after their car slammed into a pillar in the Pont d'Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997. (AP Photo/Cathal McNaughton/PA)


    Diana's Sister Testifies at Inquest


    By William Lee Adams/London

    In the photograph shown to jurors, Princess Diana sits between her two sisters in the backseat of a car, the three of them doubled over in laughter. Perhaps you can't remember the joke, the attorney suggests to the witness, Diana's eldest sister, the Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Aloof and understated throughout the day's proceedings, she breaks into a naughty grin: "I'm afraid I can."

    Some moments are shared only among sisters. So when Lady Sarah took the stand at the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed on Monday, attorneys hoped to unearth some of the secrets that Lady Sarah may have been privy to — particularly those regarding Diana's relationship with Dodi and the Royals. She didn't disappoint. She claimed that on August 29, 1997, just two days before the Princess's death, Diana phoned her from the Al Fayeds's luxury yacht to express her fear that she was under surveillance. "She thought the boat was being bugged by Mr. Al Fayed senior," Lady Sarah said.

    And what of Diana's relationship with Al Fayed junior? Lady Sarah questioned its significance and dismissed any talk of engagement and pregnancy. She could not recall Diana ever mentioning that Dodi gave her gifts — let alone a big diamond ring. And during the August 29 phone conversation, Lady Sarah told the inquest, Diana suggested that Dodi was unsympathetic to her problems. She was "distraught" that the French newspaper Le Monde had misquoted her on the subject of land mines, making her seem critical of the government. Lady Sarah suggested that Diana speak to Dodi, but the Princess snapped that it would be "a waste of time." "From that I just did not think that the relationship had much longer to go," she testified.

    Michael Mansfield, the acid-tongued attorney representing Harrods tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, apologized to the Lady in advance for reigniting "painful memories" and promised to be "careful" with his words. Then he attempted to dismantle the sisterly bond. Diana, he argued, withheld many of her plans from Lady Sarah — for instance, that she was assembling information to expose companies involved in the deployment of mines in areas like Angola, and that she supplied Andrew Morton with third-party recordings for his tell-all book Diana. "[Our relationship] was fine," Lady Sarah snapped. "I am not saying it was not fine," Mansfield responded. "I am suggesting to you — 'fine' is one thing, 'close' another." So much for being careful.

    Courtesies aside, Mansfield's main goal was to extract from Lady Sarah the whereabouts of missing letters between Diana and Prince Philip, Diana's former father-in-law, which he believes could explain Diana's death — or, as he sees it, murder. Previously in the inquest, Diana's confidant Simone Simmons, a self-described natural healer and clairvoyant, testified that Diana had shown her the letters, in which she said Prince Philip described Diana as a "harlot and trollop." Lady Sarah has denied ever seeing them. However, a detective investigating Diana's former butler Paul Burrell on suspicion of theft claims that Lady Sarah told him the letters had been stored in a mahogany box in Diana's study — a box that she opened and gave to Burrell. That chest, since returned to Lady Sarah, is now empty — and its contents missing.

    Lady Sarah admits that following Diana's death, she and her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, shredded "sensitive" documents that might be "distressing" to Princes Harry and William, including thank-you notes and pamphlets from "soothsayers." But she maintains that no "historical" documents, such as correspondence with Prince Philip, were ever shredded: "My conscience is clear on what I destroyed." Still, prying open the wooden chest — and potentially unleashing those letters onto the world — may have been akin to opening Pandora's box. For a mythic figure like Diana, it's a fitting comparison.
     
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    From The Times
    January 30, 2008

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3273526.ece

    ‘Dodi said his father approved escape plan’

    Alan Hamilton

    Mohamed Al Fayed personally approved the plan that resulted in the deaths of his son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales, their inquests were told yesterday.

    Kes Wingfield, one of two bodyguards assigned to the couple, told the jury that he and his colleague Trevor Rees had remonstrated with Dodi that his scheme for the couple to leave by the back door of the Ritz Hotel in Paris was “a terrible plan” because there would be no back-up car and no security guards.

    But in response to their pleas over his proposed escape from paparazzi at the front of the hotel, Dodi told them: “It’s been approved by MF, approved by my father.”
    Mr Rees has already given similar evidence to the hearing at the High Court in Central London, but he admitted to having memory loss after suffering severe injuries when the Mercedes in which he was the front-seat passenger crashed in the Alma Tunnel. Mr Al Fayed has consistently claimed that the accident was planned by the Duke of Edinburgh and engineered by British security services.

    The jury have seen the closed-circuit television footage of Dodi sticking his head out of the door of the Imperial Suite of the hotel, where he and the Princess had spent part of the evening after being subjected to too much attention in the restaurant. During the conversation, lasting less than half a minute, Mr Wingfield said that Dodi had made one concession – to have a bodyguard with them on their planned journey to his apartment near the Arc de Triomphe.

    “If the name of ‘the boss’ was mentioned, there was no further argument,” Mr Wingfield said. “Any member of his staff just had to say ‘MF wants it done’, and it would be done, although sometimes they took his name in vain when he had not actually said it.”

    The bodyguards had told Dodi that it was not sensible to have just one of them in the getaway car, but they did not press the point. “The last thing we wanted was to have any sort of argument or head-to-head with Dodi in front of the Princess,” Mr Wingfield said. Dodi had replied that there was no room in the car for a second guard.

    Challenged by Michael Mansfield, QC, for Mr Al Fayed, why they did not knock on the suite door and raise their objections when they learnt of the plan, Mr Wingfield said they did not dare to disturb the couple.

    Why had the bodyguards not checked with Mr Al Fayed, Mr Mansfield asked. Mr Wingfield replied: “Dodi said his father had approved it. The alternative would have been to ring up Mohamed and ask: ‘Is your son lying?’.”

    Questioned by Richard Horwell, QC, for the Metropolitan Police, Mr Wingfield said: “Throughout the whole Fayed organisation, when you join, it’s made very clear to you that there’s only one boss.”

    Mr Wingfield, a former Royal Marine, said that he had resigned after “the boss” had summoned him to a tent on the lawn of his Scottish castle and asked him to take part in a documentary about the crash. “He ranted a lot about Prince Philip, the Royal Family and the British Government. I assured him I was a loyal worker but wouldn’t take part in something I didn’t believe in.”

    The hearings continue.
     
  13. I do believe that she was murdered. Mohammed Al Fayed was a very formidable employer, I will never believe that one of his employees would dare to drive his son & the princess while drunk!

    However, I also believe that she was not pregnant with Dodi's child & that he was merely someone she was with to get over the heartbreak of the demise of her relationship with Hasnet Khan!
     
  14. ITA!
     
  15. No matter what happened with the crash the car was speeding to get away and NO seatbelts were worn. So how much of this could have been avoided if the people in the car wore seat belts and did not speed.