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Al-Fayed rejects Bishop of London's peace plea

world Updated: Sep 02, 2007 12:33 IST

Md Al-Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed alongside Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris ten years back, has rejected the Bishop of London's plea to put an end to the conspiracy theories which have shrouded her memory.

The Harrods owner dismissed Bishop Richard Chartres as a "stuffed shirt" after he urged a congregation, including the Queen, Prince Charles and members of the Royal Family, at the Princess of Wales' memorial service on Friday, "Let it end here", The Sunday Times reported in London on Sunday.

"Prince Harry had the grace to acknowledge the suffering of other families who lost someone that night... This stuffed shirt of a clergyman should take lessons from the 22-year-old Prince in how to behave.

"He certainly shouldn't have hijacked a memorial service dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, to let us know various of his personal opinions -- for that's all they were.

"He preached at us to let her memory rest, but how can that happen when the truth is still being covered up? As a religious man the Bishop has no right to interfere in the court process which will establish what happened that night," Al-Fayed was quoted as saying.

The newspaper claimed that Al-Fayed's legal team would allege at next month's inquest that Princess Diana, his son Dodi and their driver Henri Paul were murdered in an MI6 plot orchestrated by the Duke of Edinburgh -- a claim rejected by the Royal Family. PRI

In a separate statement issued yesterday to the British media, which agreed with the Bishop's plea in their editorials, Al-Fayed said he could not understand why Chartres, an executor of Diana's will, appeared to want to dismiss his search for the truth.

"That's all I've ever wanted. Anyone who loses a child in such a horrific way should be allowed to know what really happened and I am not resting until I uncover the murderers who took the life of two beautiful people.

"A poll today says 89 per cent of people think their deaths were not an accident. I get hundreds of letters of support each week. We need justice, for my family's sake, and for the sake of the Princes (William and Harry)," he said.

Meanwhile, a Brazilian doctor -- who operated on the Princess of Wales after she was taken to a Paris hospital following the car crash on August 31, 1997 -- has claimed that medical treatment that could have saved her life was delayed because her fame caused the medics to be overcautious.

"They spent 30 to 40 minutes at the place of the accident when she could have been brought directly to the hospital. It was a tragic occurrence and perhaps she paid a price in part for her celebrity," Dr Leonardo Esteves Lima told the British newspaper.