Magazine article The Spectator

Witty Rejoinder

Magazine article The Spectator

Witty Rejoinder

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Sir: Being attacked by Mohamed Fayed comes with the territory of attempting to establish evidence of how Princess Diana died on the Fayed watch (Letters, 3 November). He has spoken only two words to me since Diana died and they have both been identical -- 'bastard'. I would hope, however, that no Spectator reader would believe the statement of his press officer, Katharine Witty, that I have 'rarely appeared at the inquest'.

I attended all eight day-long preinquest hearings this year. Since the inquests themselves started on 2 October, I have missed only a handful of sessions.

(Of 22 days sitting with the jury present I have been present on 16 occasions. ) Witty's former colleagues on Sky News, for whom I now work as the channel's inquests expert, would confirm this. On my few days' absence in October I was writing for The Spectator and the Independent on Sunday. This leads Witty to characterise my empirical quest as a 'fanatical obsession' with criticising her boss, Mohammed. …

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