The Death of Diana, Princess of Wales – Section 3: Operation Paget


The Official Story

(Inquests into the death of Princess Diana
and Dodi Fayed)


Under English law, an inquest is required in cases of sudden or unexplained death. A French judicial investigation had already been carried out but the 6,000-page report was never published. On 6 January 2004, six years after Diana’s death, an inquest into the crash opened in London held by Michael Burgess, the coroner of the Queen’s Household. The coroner asked the Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sir John Stevens, to make inquiries in response to speculation that the deaths were not an accident. Forensic scientist Angela Gallop was commissioned to examine the forensic evidence. The police investigation reported its findings in Operation Paget in December 2006.

In January 2006, Lord Stevens explained in an interview on GMTV that the case is substantially more complex than once thought. The Sunday Times wrote on 29 January 2006 that agents of the British secret service were cross-examined because they were in Paris at the time of the crash. It was suggested in many journals that these agents might have exchanged the blood test from Henri Paul with another blood sample (although no evidence for this has been forthcoming).

The inquests into the deaths of Diana and Fayed opened on 8 January 2007, with Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss acting as Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household for the Diana inquest and Assistant Deputy Coroner for Surrey in relation to the Fayed inquest. Butler-Sloss originally intended to sit without a jury; this decision was later overturned by the High Court of Justice, as well as the jurisdiction of the coroner of the Queen’s Household. On 24 April 2007, Butler-Sloss stepped down, saying she lacked the experience required to deal with an inquest with a jury. The role of coroner for the inquests was transferred to Lord Justice Scott Baker, who formally took up the role on 13 June as Coroner for Inner West London.

On 27 July 2007, Baker, following representations for the lawyers of the interested parties, issued a list of issues likely to be raised at the inquest, many of which had been dealt with in great detail by Operation Paget:

    1. Whether driver error on the part of Henri Paul caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
    2. Whether Henri Paul’s ability to drive was impaired through drink or drugs
    3. Whether a Fiat Uno or any other vehicle caused or contributed to the collision
    4. Whether the actions of the Paparazzi caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
    5. Whether the road/tunnel layout and construction were inherently dangerous and, if so, whether this contributed to the collision
    6. Whether any bright/flashing lights contributed to or caused the collision and, if so, their source
    7. Whose decision it was that Diana and Dodi Al Fayed should leave from the rear entrance to the Ritz and that Henri Paul should drive the vehicle
    8. Henri Paul’s movements between 7 and 10 pm on 30 August 1997
    9. The explanation for the money in Henri Paul’s possession on 30 August 1997 and in his bank account
    10. Whether Andanson, a photographer who followed the princess in the week before her death, was in Paris on the night of the collision
    11. Whether Diana’s life would have been saved if she had reached hospital sooner or if her medical treatment had been different
    12. Whether Diana was pregnant
    13. Whether Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were about to announce their engagement
    14. Whether and, if so in what circumstances, the Princess of Wales feared for her life
    15. The circumstances relating to the purchase of the ring
    16. The circumstances in which Diana’s body was embalmed
    17. Whether the evidence of Tomlinson throws any light on the collision
    18. Whether the British or any other security services had any involvement in the collision
    19. Whether there was anything sinister about (i) the Cherruault burglary or (ii) the disturbance at the Big Pictures agency
    20. Whether correspondence belonging to Diana (including some from Prince Philip) has disappeared, and if so the circumstances.

The inquests officially began on 2 October 2007 with the swearing of a jury of six women and five men. Lord Justice Baker delivered a lengthy opening statement giving general instructions to the jury and introducing the evidence. The BBC reported that Mohamed Al-Fayed, having earlier reiterated his claim that his son and Diana were murdered by the Royal Family, immediately criticised the opening statement as biased.

The inquest heard evidence from people connected with Diana and the events leading to her death, including Rees-Jones, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Paul Burrell, Diana’s stepmother, and the former head of MI6.

Lord Justice Baker began his summing up to the jury on 31 March 2008. He opened by telling the jury “no-one except you and I and, I think, the gentleman in the public gallery with Diana and Fayed painted on his forehead sat through every word of evidence” and concluded that there was “not a shred of evidence” that Diana’s death had been ordered by Prince Philip or organised by the security services. He concluded his summing up on Wednesday, 2 April 2008. After summing up, the jury retired to consider five verdicts, namely unlawful killing by the negligence of either or both the following vehicles or Paul; accidental death or an open verdict. The jury decided on 7 April 2008 that Diana had been unlawfully killed by the “grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles [the paparazzi] and of the Mercedes driver Henri Paul”. Princes William and Harry released a statement in which they said that they “agree with their verdicts and are both hugely grateful”. Mohamed Al-Fayed also said that he would accept the verdict and “abandon his 10-year campaign to prove that Diana and Dodi were murdered in a conspiracy“.

The cost of the inquiry exceeded £12.5 million, the coroner’s inquest cost £4.5 million; a further £8 million was spent on the Metropolitan Police investigation. It lasted 6 months and heard 250 witnesses, with the cost heavily criticised in the media.

Source: Wikipedia




A false flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.





Death of Princess Diana – 3.8 – David Spedding (Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), 1994-1999)


David Spedding

MI6 Headquarters

The Official Story

(Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), 1994-1999)


Sir David Rolland Spedding KCMG CVO OBE (7 March 1943 – 13 June 2001) was Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1994 to 1999.


David Spedding joined the Secret Intelligence Service in 1967, while a postgraduate student at Oxford. He then attended the Middle East Center for Arabic Studies in Beirut, becoming a specialist on Middle East affairs. He also served in Santiago and Abu Dhabi.

In 1971 Spedding was named as the local SIS station commander in Lebanon, and was later posted to Abu Dhabi in 1977. Following his Middle East Directorate appointment in 1983, he was made the Amman Jordan station head, and was subsequently commended in that position for uncovering an Abu Nidal plan to assassinate the Queen during an upcoming Jordan visit. For this he was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

In 1993, Spedding became Director of Requirements and Operations. In 1994 he became Chief of the Service, becoming the first chief to have never served in the armed forces, and the youngest to have held the position to that date. During Spedding’s tenure the SIS faced some degree of negative publicity due to unauthorized disclosures in the wake of Richard Tomlinson’s dismissal.

Sir David Spedding died of lung cancer on 13 June 2001, aged 58.

Alleged MI6 involvement in the death of Princess Diana

Richard Tomlinson, a former MI6 officer who was dismissed from the intelligence services and later served five months in prison for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989, claimed in a sworn statement to the French inquiry in May 1999 that Britain’s MI6 had been involved in the crash, suggesting that the security service had documentation which would assist Judge Stephan in his inquiry. The previous August, he had been reported by the BBC to have claimed that Paul was working for the security services and that one of Diana’s bodyguards, either Trevor Rees-Jones (now known as Trevor Rees) or Kes Wingfield, was a contact for British intelligence. Tomlinson alleged that MI6 was monitoring Diana before her death, had told Mohamed Al-Fayed that Paul was an MI6 agent, and that her death mirrored plans he saw in 1992 for the assassination of then President of Serbia Slobodan Milošević, using a strobe light to blind his chauffeur.

On 13 February 2008, Tomlinson told the inquest that he may have misremembered and that he had no evidence that Paul was an MI6 agent, but he had said in the previous day’s court session that Paul was supplying MI6 with information. Speaking by video-link from France, Tomlinson conceded that, after the interval of 16 or 17 years, he “could not remember specifically” whether the document he had seen during 1992 had in fact proposed the use of a strobe light to cause a traffic crash as a means of assassinating Milošević, although use of lights for this purpose had been covered in his MI6 training. The Operation Paget Inquiry was given unprecedented access to the offices of both MI5 and MI6 to investigate Tomlinson’s claims. It was later revealed that the mentioned memo was a proposal written in March 1993 to assassinate another Serbian figure if he gained power, not Milošević. Furthermore, the plan did not involve anything about using flashlights.

Further evidence discrediting Tomlinson’s claims was found in drafts of a book he was writing about his time in MI6 before he was jailed in 1998 for breaching the Official Secrets Act. The draft, dating from 1996, referred to the memo and contained none of the detail about a staged car crash with flashlights in a tunnel.

The inquest was later told by an anonymous MI6 manager (referred to during proceedings as “Miss X”) that MI6 were not keeping any file on either the Princess or Dodi, and that there was no plan involving them. The inquiry concluded by dismissing Tomlinson’s claims as an embellishment. It went on to comment that this embellishment was largely responsible for giving rise to the theories Diana was murdered.

Tomlinson was arrested by French authorities in July 2006 as part of their inquiry into the death of Diana. French police were also reported to have seized computer files and personal papers from his home in Cannes.

Source: Wikipedia

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A false flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.



(of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone’s mind without their being aware of it.