Probe into claim Diana was murdered

Police are examining new information which alleges that Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed were murdered by a member of the British military.

Probe into claim Diana was murdered

Scotland Yard said it is “scoping” the information and “assessing its relevance and credibility”.

The claims were passed to the Metropolitan Police by the Royal Military Police (RMP), which was told of them by the former parents- in-law of a former soldier based on information that the ex-soldier had talked about in the past, according to a military source.

A letter given to the RMP is said to allege that the SAS was “behind Princess Diana’s death”, according to the Sunday People, and to also refer to the princess’s “secret diary”, in which she allegedly made certain allegations.

The newspaper said the letter claimed the soldier was the special forces member who was the former housemate of Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition.

A statement issued by Scotland Yard said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility. The assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command. This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget.”

Police said they are not prepared to discuss the matter further, while a royal spokeswoman said there will be no comment on the matter from the Duke of Cambridge or Prince Harry, or from Clarence House.

Diana, Dodi and chauffeur Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in a Paris tunnel after it left the Ritz Hotel on the morning of Aug 31, 1997.

Diana, mother of William and Harry, was 36 at the time of her death, while Dodi was 42.

The hearing into their deaths lasted more than 90 days with evidence from around 250 witnesses. The inquests concluded on Apr 7, 2008, that the “People’s Princess” and her boyfriend were unlawfully killed.

Former Met Police Commissioner Lord Stevens’s Paget investigation was launched in 2004. He published his report in Dec 2006, rejecting the murder claims voiced by some, including Dodi’s father Mohamed al Fayed.

His investigation found Diana was not murdered. Operation Paget concluded that Paul was drunk and driving at excessive speed. Lord Stevens said allegations that Diana was murdered were “unfounded”.

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