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Diana was pregnant when she died:
December 21, 2003 18:41
Last Updated: December 22, 2003 15:20
Princess Diana was pregnant at the time of her death in a road accident
in Paris six years ago, a media report said in London on Sunday.
"I can tell you that she (Diana) was pregnant," a senior police
official in France told the Independent.
According to the daily, the source dismissed suggestions that there was
any conspiracy before the death of Diana, her friend Dodi al-Fayed and
their driver in a car crash on August 31, 1997.
source, however, claimed that there was 'a cover-up of sorts' in the days
following the crash. The officer said medical reports, which have never
been made public, showed that Diana was pregnant at the time of her
Conspiracy theorists had seized reports that Diana was pregnant - first
alleged by Dodi's father millionaire businessman Mohammed al-Fayed soon
after the accident - as a possible motive for an assassination plot by the
British royal family and government.
The source who, according to the report, saw all documents relating to
the case was speaking after a British coroner announced that he would hold
inquests into the cause of the deaths of Diana and Dodi, beginning on
January 6, 2004.
The source said the investigation points clearly to an accident, caused
in part by the fact that chauffeur Henri Paul had been drinking heavily.
Diana's friends and her butler, Paul Burrell, have, in the past,
strenuously denied suggestions that the princess was expecting a third
child at the time of her death.
The source implied that Diana's pregnancy was hushed up to spare the
embarrassment to her family. Since it was not regarded as relevant to the
cause of the accident, or her death, it was not mentioned at the end of
the two-year judicial investigation into the crash by a French judge,
Medical reports from the hospital where Diana died may, however, be
included among the 6,000 pages of documents from the French investigation,
which will be delivered to the British coroner, Michael Burgess. The
coroner has said that he cannot open the hearings until he received the
investigation file once legal proceedings were completed in France. He
also indicated that the full hearings would be delayed until the whole
file has been translated and studied.
There has also been speculation about the time it has taken to call a
British inquest, now routine when a British citizen dies abroad. The
proceedings have been prolonged mostly by Fayed who appealed against the
original decision by French authorities to bring no action against the
photographers who pursued Diana and Dodi's car.
When he lost the appeal, Fayed filed another case against three
photographers for invading his son's privacy. In November, a French court
dismissed the case.