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No foul play in Diana's death: Inquiry

An interim report has laid to rest myriad conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious death of Britain's late Princess.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 17:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Laying to rest myriad conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious death of Britain's late Princess Diana, an official inquiry has found the enigmatic princess to have died in an accidental car crash.

The interim report, lifting the shroud of mystery surrounding Diana's death in the 1997 car crash in a Paris underpass, has apparently found no foul play and will conclude that she died in a simple car crash, a report in the Daily Mail on Monday said.

Britain's former top policeman is to state publicly for the first time that he believes Diana was killed in an accident.

The report will go to the royal coroner in the next few months and will form part of the inquest into Diana's death, the Mail said.

The former Met Commissioner Lord Stevens leading a team of 10 detectives have reportedly entered the final stages of the probe and found no evidence to contradict the French findings that Diana died in a tragic road traffic accident caused by excessive speeding.

Believed to have been fleeing the paparazzi, even a skilled racing driver would have had difficulty controlling the Mercedes she died in as it hurtled through the Pont d'Alma tunnel, the Mail said quoting the findings.

The official French inquiry revealed Chauffeur Henri Paul was three or four times over the drink-drive limit when he left the Ritz hotel in Paris with Diana, her lover Dodi Fayed and bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, closely followed by the French paparazzi.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 17:56 IST