Diana inquest set for January
Last Updated Thu, 18 Dec 2003 14:17:16
LONDON - An inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be held in January, a British coroner announced Thursday.
Feyed's wrecked car
Michael Burgess, coroner of the Queen's Household, said the inquest into Diana's death will begin on Jan. 6. A separate inquest into the death of Dodi Fayed, who died with her in a 1997 Paris car crash, will also be held that month.
Under British law an inquest must be held when a citizen dies abroad and the body is returned home.
British officials had said an inquest would be held in that country once legal proceedings in France were completed.
On Nov. 28, three photographers who took pictures of the couple at the scene of their deadly crash were acquitted of invading the couple's privacy.
Mohammed Fayed, Dodi's father, filed a criminal complaint against the photographers for invasion of privacy, but a Paris court decided Friday that a crashed vehicle on a public highway is not a private area.
The photos taken by the three photographers were confiscated and never published.
Diana and Fayed died on Aug. 31, 1997, when the car being driven by their inebriated chauffeur, Henri Paul, smashed into a concrete pillar in a traffic tunnel, then spun around and hit the tunnel wall.
Barnes and Noble bookstore has a great new photo book about Diana. It is $9.98 and has 500 pictures from the Daily Mail. THe author is Alison Gauntlett, and it is entitled "Diana, Unseen Archives." There are definitely quite a few great pictures that have never been published before. It looks like it is available only at the store, not on the website.
1.LONDON - NOVEMBER 16: Diana Princess of Wales at the arrival of Queen Beatrix of Holland on November 16, 1982 at Westminster Pier in London for a State Visit. Her hat is a John Boyd design.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
2,3.BARMOUTH - NOVEMBER 25: Diana Princess of Wales during a visit on November 25, 1982 to Barmouth, Wales. Diana wore a dress designed by Arabella Pollen.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
4.LONDON - DECEMBER 2: Diana Princess of Wales attends the Film Premiere of Gandhi on December 2, 1982 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. Standing to the left of her, is the star of the film Ben Kingsley, who plays Gandhi. Diana wore a dress designed by Bellville Sassoon. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
5,6.BRISBANE - APRIL 10: Diana Princess of Wales arrives at the Crest Hotel in Brisbane, Australia on April 10, 1983 for a reception during the Royal Tour of Australia. Diana wore a dress designed by Victor Edelstein with Saudi Arabian sapphires. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
7.MANUKAU - APRIL 19: Diana Princess of Wales meets firemen during a visit to Manukau, near Auckland, New Zealand during the Royal Tour of New Zealand on April 19, 1983. Princess Diana wore a suit designed by Jan Van Velden, with a hat by John Boyd. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
8.AUCKLAND - APRIL 29: Diana Princess of Wales at the farewell State Banquet on April 29,1983 in Auckland, New Zealand at the end of the Royal tour of New Zealand. Diana wore a gown designed by Gina Fratini, the Queen Mary tiara, and the Queen's Family Order decoration.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
9.ST. JOHN'S - JUNE 23: Diana Princess of Wales visits St.John's, Newfoundland in Canada on June 23, 1983 during the Royal Tour of Canada. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
10.SUMMERSIDE - JUNE 28: Diana Princess of Wales on a visit to Summerside, Prince Edward Island in Canada on June 28, 1983 during the Royal Tour of Canada. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
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"Appeal in Diana photographer case
The public prosecutor in Paris has appealed against the acquittal of three photographers who took photos of Princess Diana on the night she died.
The appeal should come to court in the coming weeks, said a lawyer for Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi also died.
The photographers were acquitted in November of invading the couple's privacy by snapping them in their car.
The appeal could coincide with a British inquest into the death of Diana which will open on 6 January.
It was not clear why the prosecutor's office decided to appeal.
Mr Al Fayed's lawyer Fabrice Dubest told Reuters news agency: "The Paris prosecutor first waited to see whether Mohamed Al Fayed would appeal or not.
"He lodged an appeal at the end of November. The prosecutor decided at the beginning of December to follow."
The photographers - Jacques Langevin of the Sygma Corbis agency, Christian Martinez of the Angelis agency and freelancer Eric Chassery - were among eight paparazzi who followed the couple as they left the Paris Ritz on 31 August 1997.
The Paris court acquitted the men on the grounds that it did not consider the inside of a car to be a private space.
An earlier French investigation into charging all eight paparazzi for endangering the couple by chasing their car and failing to assist after an accident came to nothing.
Mohamed Al Fayed, the Egyptian-born owner of London's Harrods department store, launched a civil case instead, leading to the charge against three of the photographers.
He has repeatedly called for a British inquiry into the incident, alleging that British security services were involved in the deaths of the princess and his son.
After failures so far in French and English courts, the businessman has been trying to persuade Scottish courts to hold an inquiry, based on the fact that he has a Scottish home in Easter Ross.
A judge in Edinburgh heard the final submissions in the legal bid this week and will announce his decision next year."
1.EDMONTON - JUNE 29: Diana Princess of Wales dressed up in Edwardian fashion for a Klondike evening barbeque, on June 29, 1983 at Ford Edmonton in Edmonton, Canada during the Royal Tour of Canada in 1983. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
2.EDMONTON - JUNE 29: Diana Princess of Wales on June 29, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during the Royal Tour of Canada. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
3.COATBRIDGE - SEPTEMBER 9: Diana Princess of Wales during a visit to Coatbridge on September 9, 1983 in Lanarkshire, Scotland. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
4.LONDON - DECEMBER 19: Diana Princess of Wales visits victims of the Harrods bomb explosion on December 19, 1983 in London. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
5.LONDON - NOVEMBER 19: Diana Princess of Wales arrives at the Royal Variety Performance on November 19, 1984 in London. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
6.DERBY - FEBRUARY 19: Diana Princess of Wales arrives at East Midlands airport on February 19, 1985 for a visit to Derby. She wore a coat designed by Caroline Charles. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
7.SWINDON - FEBRUARY 25: Diana Princess of Wales arrives during a visit to Swindon, Wiltshire. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
8.LONDON - MARCH 26: Diana Princess of Wales arrives at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 26, 1985 in London for a Fashion show in a aid of Dr. Barnado's Homes. Diana wore a dress by Bruce Oldfield. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
9.SARDINIA - APRIL: Diana Princess of Wales arrives in Sardinia in April 1985, at the beginning of the Royal Tour of Italy. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
10.MILAN - APRIL: Diana Princess of Wales watches a display of Tornado jet fighters, at an air base outside Milan, Italy in April 1985 during the Royal Tour of Italy. Diana wore a dress by Bruce Oldfield. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
1.ANZIO - APRIL: Diana Princess of Wales visits the Commonwealth War Graves in April 1985 in Anzio, Italy, during the Royal Tour of Italy. Diana wore a dress designed by Victor Edlstein and a hat designed by Frederick Fox. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
2.REDRUTH - APRIL 3: Diana Princess of Wales on a visit to Redruth in Cornwall on April 3, 1985. Diana wore a suit designed by Catherine Walker. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
3,4.HEREFORD - APRIL 9: Diana Princess of Wales on a visit to Hereford Cathedral on April 9, 1985 in Hereford, Herfordshire. Her outfit was designed by Bellville Sassoon. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
5,6.ROME - APRIL 26: Diana Princess of Wales visits the Children's Hospital on April 26, 1985 in Rome, Italy during a Royal Tour of Italy. Diana wore an outfit by Bruce Oldfield with a fez style hat by Viv Knowland.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
7.SICILY - APRIL 30: Diana Princess of Wales arrives in Sicily on April 30, 1985 during the Royal Tour of Italy. Diana wore a dress designed by Catherine Walker and a hat by John Boyd. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
8.NEWCASTLE - MAY 21: Diana Princess of Wales during a visit to Newcastle on May 21, 1985. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty images)
9.TETBURY - JUNE 19: Diana Princess of Wales visits Westonbirt School on June 19, 1985 in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
10.WASHINGTON DC - NOVEMBER 11: Diana Princess of Wales at Arlington cemetery on November 11, 1985 in Washington DC, USA. Diana wore a dress designed by Bruce Oldfield. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
1.BYFLEET - MARCH 11: Diana Princess of Wales greets the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey on a visit to St. Mary's Day Centre on March 11, 1986 in Byfleet, Surrey. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
2.MADRID - APRIL: Diana Princess of Wales attends a fashion show in Madrid, Spain in April 1987, during the Royal Tour of Spain. Diana wore an outfit designed by Rifat Ozbek. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Image)
3.GERMANY - NOVEMBER: Diana Princess of Wales in Germany in November, 1987 during the Royal Tour of Germany. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
4.BERLIN - NOVEMBER: Diana Princess of Wales in Berlin in November, 1987 during the Royal Tour of Germany. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
5.COLOGNE - NOVEMBER: Diana Princess of Wales at a fashion show at the Cologne Museum of Art in Cologne, Germany in November 1987, during the Royal Tour of Germany. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
6.DUBAI - MARCH: Diana Princess of Wales arrives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during the Royal Tour of the Gulf in March 1989. Diana wore a dress by Catherine Walker. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
7.BORNEO - MARCH 01: Diana Princess of Wales visits the Molai Centre, a leprosy hospital in March 1990 in Borno, Nigeria during the Royal Tour of Nigeria. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
8.LAGOS - MARCH: Diana Princess of Wales in Lagos, Nigeria during the Royal Tour of Nigeria in March1990. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
According to some newspapers in Great Britain Diana was pregnant at the time of her death:
Diana was pregnant at time of her death, says top policeman
By John Lichfield in Paris
21 December 2003
A senior police source in France has told The Independent on Sunday that Diana, Princess of Wales, was pregnant at the time of her death following a road accident in Paris six years ago.
The source - who saw all the documents relating to the case surrounding the Princess's death - dismisses suggestions that there was any murder conspiracy before the death of Diana, her friend Dodi al-Fayed and their driver in a car crash on 31 August 1997.
He was speaking after a British coroner announced that he would hold inquests into the cause of the deaths of Diana and Dodi, beginning on 6 January.
However, the source revealed to The Independent on Sunday that there was "a cover-up of sorts" in the days following the crash. Medical reports, which have never been made public, showed that Diana was pregnant at the time of her death. "I can tell you that she was pregnant," the source said.
Friends of Diana and her butler, Paul Burrell, have strenuously denied in the past suggestions that the Princess was expecting a third child at the time of her death.
The source implied that Diana's pregnancy was hushed up to spare the embarrassment of her family. Since it was not regarded as relevant to the causes of the accident, or her death, it was not mentioned at the end of the two-year judicial investigation into the crash by a French judge, Hervé Stephan.
Medical reports from the hospital where Diana died may, however, be included among the 6,000 pages of documents from the French investigation which will be delivered to the British coroner, Michael Burgess, next month.
Reports that Diana was pregnant - first alleged by Mohammed al-Fayed soon after her death - have been seized on by the wilder conspiracy theorists as a possible motive for an assassination plot by the Royal Family and British government.
The same police source in France rejected all these theories and said the investigation file points clearly to an accident, caused in part by the fact that chauffeur Henri Paul had been drinking heavily.
There has also been speculation about the time it has taken to call a British inquest, now routine when a British citizen dies abroad. The coroner has said that he could not open the hearings until he received the French file once legal proceedings were completed in France.
These proceedings have been prolonged mostly by Mr Fayed, who appealed against the original decision by French authorities to bring no action against the photographers who pursued Diana and Dodi's car. When that appeal was lost, Mr Fayed brought another action against three photographers for invading his son's privacy. The case was thrown out by a French court last month.
The royal coroner, Mr Burgess, announced on Thursday that he would begin separate inquests into Diana and Dodi's deaths next month, but indicated that the full hearings will be delayed until the whole French file has been translated and studied.
Mr Burgess said last week: "At neither hearing will I be receiving evidence from witnesses in person. I will, however, make a statement which will cover the purpose of the inquests, how they may be expected to be conducted and the nature and scope of the evidence I expect to receive."
Has somebody recorded the christening of Ingrid Alexandra?It was so nice to see all of them together as a happy family...
I BELIVE THIS IS A NEW PIC. I9 JUST POST HER IN OTHER TOPICS (DIANA HATS; DIANA SHOSES AND DIANA AND SONS) BUT I BELIVE THAT SHE STAY FINE HERE TO. I LOVE THE CLOSE. VERY ORIGINAL, LIKE ALWYAS. :flower:
PRINCE Charles is the person Princess Diana claimed in a letter wanted to kill her, the Mirror sensationally reveals today.
Before she died in a car crash, Diana wrote: "My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury...to make the path clear for him to marry."
She gave the note to butler Paul Burrell who revealed its existence in the Mirror last year. Charles's name was blanked out. Burrell has been asked to hand the document to the coroner who today opens the inquest into Diana's death.
Burrell said: "It has fulfilled its purpose. I wanted to give force to the argument that an inquest must be held."
Originally posted by royal_sophietje@Jan 6th, 2004 - 8:40 am I hadn't expected prince Charles to do this, more prince Philip. But anyway, he is a real bastard if this is true (and I think it is true)
Oh, boy! If this is true, I'll be very disappointed. Yes, Charles was in part "cruel" to Diana but she, in turn, returned his vollies out of sheer frustration. However, this massive lie regarding their fairytale wedding was also a shock to me. Maybe Charles could/would have been the initial igniter of such a heinous deed as to devise a car accident which would incapacitate Diana , but I'm sure he expected one of his 'ole chronies to do the "dirty work". I do remember reading that he said, after she had been buried, that he "was relieved". Relieved from what?
Last night, for the first time, I saw on Fox News that this "new" investigation was really just now beginning. Could anyone tell me exactly "who" spurred this "new" investigation to take place? Mohammed Al Fayed ?, the French government ?, the British people? I imagine her body will have to exhumed. Could it have anything to do with this "white fiat" by any chance? By now, I bet that Fiat does not even exist or at least someone painted it a different color.
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"Could anyone tell me exactly "who" spurred this "new" investigation to take place? Mohammed Al Fayed ?, the French government ?,"
"Surrey coroner Michael Burgess has opened and adjourned for a year the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed pending the results of a police inquiry into the crash that killed them.
BBC News Online looks at the issues surrounding the inquests.
Q: What are the questions to be answered about the circumstances of the deaths?
A: Inquests in England and Wales are limited fact-finding affairs.
They focus on who the deceased were; when and where the death occurred; and how the cause of death arose.
Expressions of opinion as to who might be to blame are not allowed.
But Mr Burgess has asked Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens to lead an inquiry into the crash, to examine whether any findings may have a bearing on the inquest.
The move came as the Daily Mirror reported Princess Diana had written a letter before her death claiming Prince Charles was behind a plot to kill her.
Q: Will the coroner take the letter by Princess Diana into account?
A: BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: "The coroner has said he wants to see any material that could be significant to the inquiry, and that letter could be such a document.
"But the fact that evidently Prince Charles is named... I think most people would find to be incredible and it would reduce the credibility of that letter."
Q: Is the inquest likely to end speculation over Princess Diana and Dodi's death?
A: Nicholas Witchell said: "This coroner.. is very aware that this inquest needs to be comprehensive and definitive.
"He is facing head on the speculation and conspiracy theories, and he has turned to the Metropolitan Police to investigate if there are any grounds for these suggestions."
Q: Is an inquest likely to satisfy all Mohamed Al Fayed's concerns?
A:Mr Al Fayed, Dodi's father, has said of the inquest: "This is what we have been waiting for six years... At last, I hope we can see the light."
But he has called for a public inquiry into the Paris crash, saying the remit of the coroner's inquest is far too narrow.
Q: Will the inquest re-open old wounds for the Royal Family?
A: The Daily Mirror's story and the intense speculation surrounding the death of Diana and Dodi will put Prince Charles under pressure.
It is also likely to prove very distressing for Princes William and Harry.
Q: Why has it taken six years to open inquests?
A: Before the coroner began, he had to take into account the findings of the investigations and proceedings in France. These have been going on for years.
Only last month a court in Paris cleared three press photographers of breaching strict privacy rules on the night Diana and Dodi died.
About 6,000 pages of documents have been sent from France to the coroner"
Former royal butler Paul Burrell carries a delivery outside his flower shop in Holt, England, Tuesday Jan. 6, 2004. The British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror said the Prince of Wales was the person named in a letter that Diana purportedly wrote to Paul Burrell the year before she died . In it, she expressed fear that someone would tamper with the brakes of her car. (AP Photo/PA, Phil Noble)