Channel 4 ordered to pull footage of Di's last moments

Conservatives in the UK are calling for Channel 4 to cancel a documentary featuring graphic pictures of the car crash that killed Princess Diana.

Conservatives in the UK are calling for Channel 4 to cancel a documentary featuring graphic pictures of the car crash that killed Princess Diana.

Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel includes the first public airing of images taken by French photographers immediately after the collision in Paris in 1997.

The film, to be broadcast on June 6, shows one picture of Diana receiving oxygen from a French doctor and other explicit images of the interior of her car, the Observer reported.

It also features new interviews with photographers and other witnesses to the crash.

Shadow culture secretary Hugo Swire last night urged Channel 4 to reconsider whether to show the programme.

He pointed out that the broadcaster’s editorial policy came under scrutiny last week when Ofcom ordered it to apologise publicly for mishandling the Celebrity Big Brother race row.

Mr Swire said: “It should be remembered that Diana, as well was being a public figure, was a mother.

“This kind of coverage must be deeply distressing to Princes William and Harry.

“We would expect more from a public service broadcaster than showing sensationalist material in this way. It is difficult to see who will be served from broadcasting such sensational and private material.

“The best thing Channel 4 can do for the British public and Diana’s family is simply not to broadcast this programme.”

A Channel 4 spokesman told the Observer there was a “genuine public interest” in the events that followed the crash.

He went on: “We don’t think the pictures are intrusive and we have thought very carefully about the sensitivities of the families involved.

“Appropriate action has been taken to avoid unwanted intrusion into the privacy of the families.”

Diana, 36, and her lover Dodi al Fayed, 42, were killed when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31 1997 as they sped away from pursuing paparazzi after leaving the Ritz Hotel.

A Metropolitan Police investigation, Operation Paget, concluded they died in a tragic accident and that their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was drunk and driving too fast.

An inquest into Diana and Dodi’s deaths is due to begin fully in October.

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