Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It Was an Accident: Now Let Our Mother Rest in Peace; the Diana Inquiery' Royal Princes in Plea after Conspiracy Theories Dismissed One by One by Lord Stevens' Report

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It Was an Accident: Now Let Our Mother Rest in Peace; the Diana Inquiery' Royal Princes in Plea after Conspiracy Theories Dismissed One by One by Lord Stevens' Report

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Byline: By Geoff Johnson

DIANA, Princess of Wales, died in a "tragic accident" and was not murdered, the official investigation into her death concluded last night.

The three-year Metropolitan Police inquiry dismissed the rash of allegations surrounding the car crash which claimed the life of the People's Princess.

Diana was not murdered by MI6 nor the Duke of Edinburgh, nor was she pregnant nor engaged I to lover Dodi Fayed, the probe revealed.

However, Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed branded the investigation by former Met Police chief Lord Stevens "garbage" and a "cover-up". The Harrods boss maintained Diana and Dodi were assassinated on the orders of a member of the Royal Family.

Operation Paget concluded, just like the French investigation in 1999, that driver Henri Paul, who was also killed, was drunk and driving at excessive speed. He had an alcohol level of around 1.74 grams per litre at the time of the crash - about twice the British drink-drive limit.

The black type S280 Mercedes was being driven through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris at around 61mph to 63mph - twice the speed limit for that section of road.

Lord Stevens said allegations that Diana was murdered were "unfounded" and that he found nothing to justify further inquiries with members of the Royal Family.

He told a packed Press conference in central London: "Our conclusion is that, on all the evidence available at this time, there was no conspiracy to murder any of the occupants of the car. This was a tragic accident."

He added: "Three people tragically lost their lives in the accident and one was seriously injured. Many more have suffered from the intense scrutiny, speculation and misinformed judgments in the years that have followed.

"I very much hope that all the work we have done and the publication of this report will help to bring some closure to all who continue to mourn the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and Henri Paul. …

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