- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

LONDON (AP) — The man who claims Princess Diana and his son were killed in a wide-ranging conspiracy led by Britain’s royal family said yesterday that dark forces within the country’s establishment would not accept a marriage between a princess and a Muslim.

Mohamed Al Fayed, chairman of Harrods, testified yesterday at a coroner’s inquest that the cast of conspirators involved in the 1997 deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed included Prince Philip, Prince Charles, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Diana’s sister, Sarah McCorquodale.

He also accused as being part of the purported plot and cover-up Diana’s brother-in-law Robert Fellowes; two former chiefs of London police; driver Henri Paul; the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; Diana’s attorney, the late Lord Mishcon; two French toxicologists; members of the French medical service; and three bodyguards he once employed.

Lengthy investigations by French and British police concluded that the Aug. 31, 1997, crash was an accident, and Mr. Paul was drunk and speeding.

Mr. Al Fayed said he had been thwarted in attempts to prove his theory that the deaths were actually part of a plot led by Prince Philip.

“How can you want me to get the proof?” Mr. Al Fayed said. “I am facing a steel wall of the security service, Official Secrets Act. How can you tell me?”

Asked whether Queen Elizabeth II was in on the plot, he said: “I do not think the queen is important in that.”

Richard Horwell, representing the Metropolitan Police, ridiculed key parts of Mr. Al Fayed’s theory — that Diana was pregnant, that she and Dodi Fayed were victims of a complex conspiracy and that James Andanson, a paparazzi photographer, was purportedly dispatched as the assassin.

“Do you ever pay any attention whatsoever to the evidence, Mr. Al Fayed?” Mr. Horwell said.

Mr. Horwell asked why, if the conspirators couldn’t stand a princess marrying a Muslim, Diana was not killed during her relationship of at least 18 months with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

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