‘Diana pregnant when she died’

The investigation into the death of Diana took a new turn with Mohammed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, insisting that Diana was pregnant when she died, reports Vijay Dutt.
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Updated on Feb 19, 2008 02:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVijay Dutt, London

The investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, took a new turn on Monday, with Mohammed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, who was killed along with Diana in the car crash in August 1997, insisting that Diana was indeed pregnant when she died. He also claimed she had told him that Prince Charles and Prince Philip — her ex husband and ex father in law, respectively — were trying to eliminate her.

Deposing at the Royal Courts of Justice, where the fresh inquest into Diana's death is being held, Fayed declared: "Diana told me on the telephone she was pregnant. I am the only person she told."

Insisting he would not make allegations, he nonetheless went on to add: "She told me she knew Prince Charles and Prince Philip were trying to get rid of her." He further claimed that French intelligence services had helped their British counterparts carry out Diana's murder.

Fayed maintained that his relationship with the royal family soured once Diana's relationship with his son became known.

After Fayed finished, the coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, summed up to the jurors. "It's his belief that a decision was taken to kill both Diana and Dodi. He places Prince Philip at the heart of the conspiracy," he stated. He added, " You will have to listen carefully to the witnesses you hear to see whether there is any evidence to support this assertion."

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