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|Posted: Wed May 17, 2006 8:01 pm Post subject: Fayed claims Prince Philip orchestrated Diana's murder
|Fayed claims Prince Philip is 'racist who orchestrated Diana's murder'
FERGUS SHEPPARD MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
MOHAMED al-Fayed yesterday used a BBC radio interview to launch an extraordinary attack on the Duke of Edinburgh, branding him a racist who "grew up with *beep*" and who organised the murder of his son and Princess Diana because he could not tolerate the thought of their marriage.
The Harrods owner also claimed a forthcoming official report into the 1997 Paris accident would confirm that Diana, 36 at the time of her death, was carrying Dodi Fayed's child.
The outburst is the latest chapter in a nine-year battle waged by Mr Fayed against what he claims is a conspiracy organised by Britain's security services at the behest of the Royal Family.
While Mr Fayed has consistently claimed his 42-year-old son Dodi and Diana were murdered, the Egyptian businessman used Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show as a vehicle for a vitriolic attack on Prince Philip.
Referring to his German lineage, Mr Fayed said: "He [Philip] himself is a racist, it is well-known. He grew up with a Nazi, it is well-known."
Prince Philip's four elder sisters all married German aristocracy in the 1930s. One was married to a lieutenant-colonel in the German reserves, while another was married to Prince Christoph of Hesse, a major in the Luftwaffe.
The Harrods owner went on: "A guy who grew up with the *beep*, you think he will accept my son to marry Princess Diana, the mother of the future king, and she was carrying his child? All this will be black and white from the investigation in Paris."
He dismissed Prince Philip as "nothing to do with the country, imported from Germany, half-Russian, grew up with the Hitler people, his aunt was married to Hitler's general".
Mr Fayed's hatred of the Royal Family is well-documented, and claims of a plot to murder Diana and Dodi Fayed have formed part of the canon of conspiracy theories that have circulated since the crash in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris on 31 August, 1997.
Mr Fayed used the BBC interview to claim that Diana had spoken with foreboding of her future while on holiday at the millionaire's home in the south of France.
He said: "Exactly she told me: 'If anything happens to me, Mohamed, be sure what is going to happen to me is going to be a devastating accident'."
An official investigation into the crash was ordered nearly two years ago by the royal coroner, Michael Burgess, as conspiracy theories over the crash refused to abate.
At the start of this year, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner, Lord Stevens, who is heading the investigation, said he believed Mr Fayed had been right to raise some of his concerns about the crash, but did not specify which.
He also said the inquiry was "far more complex than any of us thought".
Mr Fayed and his security adviser, John McNamara, a former Scotland Yard police officer, made a number of specific allegations about what they claimed the forthcoming investigation will conclude.
Little information has been made public about the events leading up to Diana's death. Shortly after midnight, the car entered the underpass, travelling at high speed and pursued by nine French photographers in various vehicles and a motorcycle courier.
Mr Fayed's own investigation contradicts the results of an official French investigation, which concluded that the chauffeur, Henri Paul, was speeding while high on drink and prescription drugs.
Mr McNamara claimed in the radio interview that Mr Paul's blood samples must have been swapped and that the chauffeur had been paid £1,000 following a meeting with security service officers on the night of the crash. It was Mr Paul who persuaded Dodi Fayed that he should drive, according to the Harrods owner.
Mr Fayed also claimed that the driver was blinded by a torch carried by a passenger on a motorbike, and the car was then nudged into a pillar in the underpass by a following Fiat. Mr Fayed began naming MI6 officers he believed had been involved in the alleged plot until a sharp intervention from Jeremy Vine.
An investigation in France concluded that the Mercedes had come into contact with a white Fiat Uno
in the tunnel. However, the driver of that vehicle has never come forward, and the vehicle itself has not been found.
Last July, the car in which the princess died was shipped to London for forensic examination by Lord Stevens's investigators.
The inquiry by the former head of the Met has found new witnesses and has also re-examined other witnesses.
In December, it emerged that the Prince of Wales had met Lord Stevens as part of the investigation.
Lord Stevens saw the prince at Clarence House to question him for several hours about the events that led up to the death of his former wife.
Diana, Princess of Wales is and always will be The People's Princess.