Eleven years after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, the company which owns the ill-fated Mercedes has demanded it back in a bid to exploit the vehicle’s history.
The wreckage of the black S280 Mercedes, which hit an underpass wall in Paris, killing Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed and their driver Henri Paul, still bears blood stains from the night of August 31, 1997, and is currently in custody of the Metropolitan Police in London.
But now the Paris-based Etoile Limousines has demanded that the wreckage of the car be returned to it. “It’s worth a great deal of money,” Manager Jean-Francois Musa was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
The company has also offered to sell the car to Dodi’s father Mohammed Al-Fayed. But the Harrods boss has turned down the offer, saying the idea “is disgusting”.
However, the Royal Family has condemned the idea of publicly selling of the car. “The Princes (William and Harry) want a line drawn under the affair. Their view is that the car should be disposed of privately and discreetly,” a senior aide was quoted as saying.
But the French company has clearly ruled out the Royal Family’s suggestion of destroying the car. “We have never received anything financially following this dreadful accident. The authorities involved seem to have no conception of property rights. Nobody has the right to dispose of the car except us. “We have never claimed on the insurance policy covering this vehicle, and see no reason why we should simply forget about it,” Musa said.