Late British royal DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES died as a result of the gross negligence of driver HENRI PAUL and the paparazzi, a London jury has decided.
The Princess and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a Paris, France car crash in 1997.
The inquest aimed to establish whether Diana and Dodi were the victims of an accident, or if they were the targets of an assassination plot headed by the British royal family - as claimed by tycoon, and Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed.
But the six-month inquest came to a close on Monday (07Apr08) after three-and-a-half days of deliberations.
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The jury at the inquest into the death of DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES has heard how her chauffeur HENRI PAUL appeared to be responsible for tipping off the paparazzi as to the British royal's whereabouts.
The inquest aims to establish whether Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, who were killed in a 1997 Paris car crash, were simply the victims of a tragic accident, or if they were the targets of an assassination plot headed by the royal family - as claimed by Fayed's father, tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed.
In the third day of proceedings at London's High Court on Thursday (04Oct07), the jury was told about one particular theory - that driver Paul had been receiving cash from photographers in return for information on Diana and Fayed's location.
Paul - who also died in the crash - was found to be two-and-a-half times over the French drink-driving limit, and a search of his body uncovered $2,400 (GBP1,200) in his pocket, leading to speculation over his involvement with the paparazzi.
The 11-strong jury was shown CCTV footage of Paul as the princess and Fayed were preparing to leave their suite at The Ritz Hotel in the French capital on 30 August 1997.
The security video shows Paul chatting to paparazzi on three separate occasions outside the hotel's main entrance on Place Vendome, and, just after midnight on 31 August, appearing to signal to four waiting snappers at the building's back door, allegedly indicating Diana and Fayed's impending exit.
Lord Justice Scott Baker, the judge presiding over the inquest, has asked the jury to consider the possibility of Paul's betrayal and determine whether he accidentally helped to cause the couple's death after being chased by paparazzi.
The case continues.
British royals Prince William and Prince Harry could receive at least GBP10 million ($19.6 million) in compensation for their mother DIANA, Princess Of Wales' tragic death.
Last month's (DEC06) report into the car crash that killed the Princess, her lover DODI AL FAYED and their chauffeur HENRI PAUL has fuelled the possibility of civil compensation actions being taken to the French courts, where there is no upper limit for financial awards.
The bereaved family of Paul have reportedly spoken to lawyers about launching a civil compensation action to clear his name, and the Princes could be eligible for compensation for their mother's untimely death.
STEPHANE COTTIN, chief registrar at France's Constitutional Council, confirms, "Under article 1382 of France's civil code, it is up to the judge to decide the level of compensation and there is no maximum limit."
A judge yesterday (08JAN07) ruled that a jury comprising members of the public should decide whether DIANA, Princess Of Wales was murdered or died in a car accident.
Judge BARONESS ELIZABETH BUTLER-SLOSS decided in London's High Court at a hearing that a jury should be used at the inquest into the British royal's 1997 death as it would be "inappropriate" for royal staff to hear the case.
The inquest is likely to start in May (07) and run concurrently with that of Diana's lover Dodi Fayed's.
The decision to use a public jury breaks with tradition, and comes after the court heard separate requests from both Queen Elizabeth II and MOHAMMAD AL FAYED, Dodi's father, to not use a royal jury.
Diana and Dodi died alongside driver HENRI PAUL in a high-speed car crash in Paris, France in August 1997.
Mohamed Al Fayed has requested that British Royals Prince Charles and Prince Philip are called as witnesses at the inquest into the death of DIANA, Princess Of Wales .
The Harrods boss, whose son Dodi Fayed also died in the 1997 Paris car crash along with driver HENRI PAUL, insists having the two royals give evidence in person would give his lawyers the chance to question them about his belief Diana and his son were murdered.
Al Fayed's spokesman MICHAEL COLE, says, "We would want Prince Charles and Prince Philip to be called as witnesses but this is at the discretion of the coroner.
"The only person who is above the law is the Queen but there's nothing to prevent Prince Charles or the Duke of Edinburgh being called."
In addition, Al Fayed has asked that the statement Prince Charles gave to LORD STEVENS - who lead the three-year investigation into the crash - is made public at the inquest.
Cole adds, "Why should these papers be denied? All the parties have the right to see the papers, not just us."
LATEST: Egyptian tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed has blasted British police over their investigation into the 1997 deaths of his son Dodi Fayed and British royal DIANA, Princess Of Wales, insisting he knows the couple were "murdered".
Al Fayed, 73, has always claimed the Princess, his son and driver HENRI PAUL, died in a planned "murder" in a Paris road tunnel at the request of "senior members" of the British royal family.
The official UK police inquiry, which was released yesterday (14DEC06) disputed Fayed's allegations of a cover-up over her death and also his claims that the princess was engaged and pregnant at the time of the accident.
LORD STEVENS, who lead the investigation, said, "This was a tragic accident. Our conclusion is that, on all the evidence available, there was no conspiracy to murder any of the occupants of the car."
However, Al Fayed, who owns London department store Harrods, says, "I am 100 per cent that leading members of the royal family have planned the whole plot.
"I am a father who lost his son and close friend.
"He (Lord Stevens) is himself a mental case."
In response, Lord Stevens says, "He is genuinely grieving parent, like others."
The death of British royal DIANA, Princess Of Wales, was a "tragic accident" and not a murder conspiracy according to the official UK police inquiry.
The report out today (14DEC06) concludes the 1997 Paris car crash that killed her alongside Dodi Fayed and chauffeur HENRI PAUL was the result of speeding, and that Paul was over the legal drink-drive limit.
LORD STEVENS, who led the three-year investigation, says, "There was no conspiracy to murder any of the occupants of that car."
He added, "I have no doubt that speculation as to what happened that night will continue and that there are some matters, as in many other investigations, about which we may never find a definitive answer."
Fielding questions about her alleged engagement and pregnancy at the time of the accident, Lord Stevens insisted evidence seemed to disprove both rumours.
He said, "We have spoken to many of her family and closest friends and none of them have indicated to us that she was either about to or wished to get engaged.
"Prince William has confirmed to me that his mother had not given him the slightest indication about such plans for the future."
Around 400 people, including Diana's ex-husband Prince Charles, the DUKE OF EDINBURGH and the heads of British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, were interviewed or contacted by the inquiry. It forms part of the inquest, due to resume next year (07), into the Paris deaths.
Lawyers for security man TREVOR REES, the sole survivor of the crash, refused to comment on the report's findings.
American secret service agents reportedly bugged late British royal DIANA, Princess Of Wales' telephone conversations on the night she died - without permission from their British counterparts.
British newspaper The Observer claims the forthcoming British police report on the 1997 death of the princess will feature an admission from US agents that they compiled secret recordings of her final telephone calls when she stayed at the Ritz in Paris, France.
The conclusion of the investigation, headed by LORD STEVENS, will also reportedly find her driver HENRI PAUL was not entirely to blame for the fatal car accident, despite being three times over the French drink-driving limit.
The report is due to be published on Thursday (14DEC06).
The British police investigation into the 1997 death of DIANA, Princess Of Wales will reportedly find her driver HENRI PAUL was not entirely to blame for the fatal car accident, despite being three times over the French drink-driving limit.
According to British newspaper the Daily Express, former police chief LORD STEVENS will conclude that French paparazzi photographers chasing Diana's car were also partly responsible for the Paris, France tragedy, which also killed her lover Dodi Fayed and Paul.
The report, due out on Thursday (14DEC06), is expected to accept Paul was drunk, had taken tranquilliser drugs and was driving at "excessive speed" when he lost control of the Mercedes car.
Stevens' findings differ to the official French investigation, which claimed paparazzi on motorbikes bore little responsibility for the accident.
It is thought he will conclude that the princess, Fayed and Paul died in a road accident.
"Witnesses" have come forward to reveal a mysterious light that caused Princess Diana's driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Since the tragic passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, there have been numerous conspiracy theories and claims about the death, suggesting that it was more than an accident. In fact, the accident has been the basis of many weary theories over the years; a new suggestion in circulation is that Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed when a laser beam was flashed into the eyes of their driver, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash.
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Apparently, a supposed witness has come forward to speak to British detectives about the incident in August 1997. The witness allegedly saw a motorcyclist point a laser directly into the eyes of Diana's chauffeur, HENRI PAUL, from a distance, leading the Mercedes to crash inside the Parisian tunnel, Pont De L'Alma.
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