Inquests are to be held into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and her lover Dodi Al Fayed in Paris six years ago, it has been announced.
No date has been announced for the inquests
Surrey Coroner Michael Burgess will conduct both inquests, it was confirmed on Friday.
But a Surrey County Council spokesman said it was "premature" to say when the inquests would take place.
Princess Diana, 36, and Mr Al Fayed, 42, were killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
The inquests will be the first official public hearings in Britain to examine the circumstances surrounding the Princess's death.
They have been delayed by a lengthy police investigation and other factors.
According to British law, an inquest must happen when a body is returned to Britain following a death abroad.
The inquests will try to establish the facts of their deaths, but will not apportion blame.
A council spokesman said Mr Burgess was conducting the inquest because Mr Fayed was a Surrey resident, not because he is responsible for inquests for the Royal Household.
On the prospect of a date for Diana's inquest, the Mirror newspaper had quoted a Surrey County Council spokesman as saying: "By early next week we should have a date. It is likely to start sooner rather than later.
But on Friday afternoon a council spokesman said: "In time, as the law requires, there will be inquests into the deaths of both the late Dodi Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales but it is premature to outline any arrangements or suggest any dates or timescale."
A joint inquest is thought to be highly unlikely.
A council spokesman said: "Mr Burgess is responsible for inquests for the Royal Household but there has been no mention of the two being combined at this stage."
A spokesman for Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, welcomed to the
news which they said Mr Al Fayed had been pressing for six years.
The Harrods owner has argued Diana's death was a conspiracy.
The Prince of Wales's office said it would be cooperating fully with the
inquest into Dodi's death
Mr Al Fayed's spokesman said: "If it is the coroner's intention to hold a joint inquest with a
jury then Mr Al Fayed would welcome that."
It would be the first inquest into a fatal accident involving a member of the
Royal Family to be held since 1972, when Prince William of Gloucester was killed
in an air crash.
A lengthy investigation into the accident was carried out by a French judge, but the 6,000-page report was never published.