By Leezel Tanglao and Nicholas Schifrin
August 18, 2013
Conspiracy theories are back surrounding the deaths of Princess Diana
and her companion Dodi al Fayed, after British media reported
allegations that the couple may have been murdered by British special
Despite a $7 million joint French and British police investigation that
concluded that Diana, al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul's deaths in 1997
were accidents, a report in The Mirror claims they were allegedly murdered
and it was all covered up.
The allegation surfaced at a second court martial of Sgt. Danny
Nightingale, who was found guilty of illegal gun possession, The Mirror
Among the evidence presented at the trial was a
letter from a former soldier's estranged in-laws that makes the claim that
the SAS (Special Air Service),
"was behind Princess Diana's death," the
On Saturday, Scotland Yard said that British
police were looking into new information that has surfaced in connection
with the deaths of Diana and al Fayed, but police declined to say what that
new information was.
"The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping
information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths
and assessing its relevance and credibility," Scotland Yard officials
said in a statement.
"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," the statement said.
Operation Paget looked into conspiracy theories
surrounding Diana's and Al Fayed's death in 1997.
A spokeswoman for Mohammad al Fayed, Dodi al Fayed's father,
spokeswoman has provided a statement to ABC News regarding the new
allegation that his son was murdered.
"Mr. al Fayed has no comment but notes the
Metropolitan Police statement that it is investigating," she said. "He
trusts that their investigation will be thorough and awaits the outcome
Mohammad al Fayed has long claimed that Diana
and his son were murdered and victims of a cover-up, but he has lost every
case he waged trying to prove that.
The car carrying the couple was traveling more than 85 miles per hour when
it hit a concrete pillar head-on in the Place D'Alma underpass, in Paris, on
Aug. 31, 1997.
Both were killed, along with the driver, Henri Paul who was later
proven to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The main probe into Diana's death was conducted in 2007-08, and ended up
with a verdict of "unlawful killing" and "grossly negligent driving" by Paul
and also cited the pursuit of the limo the couple was riding in by
photographers contributed to the princess of Wales and Al Fayed's deaths.
As conspiracy theories continues to emerge, Diana's former private secretary
Patrick Jephson said any new information must be investigated.
"Imagine if somebody came up and said, I
have evidence, new evidence, about the Kennedy assassination, would we
just say, oh, forget about it. It's obviously not true. No, we'd
investigate it," said Jephson.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment and
Scotland Yard was not releasing any more information at the moment.