A long-awaited report by Britain’s top police officer is expected to rule out foul play in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The findings, out today, are likely to back the official French conclusion that it was an accident caused by their chauffeur Henri Paul, who it is claimed was drunk and driving too fast. The Princess and her companion Dodi Al Fayed were killed along with Paul when their Mercedes crashed in Paris in August 1997. Dodi’s father Mohammed Al Fayed has always maintained it was not an accident. Al Fayed claims that Diana and his son were murdered by the British secret services because their relationship was embarrassing the Royal Household.
The inquiry aims to draw a line under such speculation and conspiracy theories, albeit at a cost of six million euros: “It’s a total waste of time and money,” said one man outside Buckingham Palace. “Everybody knows what happened, she was a victim of drunk driving and why they should pander to conspiracy theorists, I don’t know.” In a new twist, however, the report is expected to confirm that the Princess’s mobile was being bugged by the American secret services at the time of the accident. Henri Paul has also been revealed as being a paid informant for the French secret services. However, claims that the Princess was pregnant and the couple was planning to marry have been dismissed.