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Diana coroner en route to Paris
Diana and Dodi
The princess and Dodi Al Fayed died in 1997
The coroner conducting the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is travelling to France on Thursday accompanied by senior detectives.

Michael Burgess is due to speak to the French officials who investigated the crash in which Diana died in 1997.

He will also visit the crash scene at the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris.

Mr Burgess has asked Scotland Yard to establish whether there is any truth in the rumours the princess died as a result of foul play.

Charles interview

The inquiry is being overseen by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens.

He has said they will look at every single part of the allegations and, if necessary, they will interview Prince Charles about the death of his former wife.

Last month, ex-police chief John Stalker said Prince Charles should be quizzed over a letter in which Diana reportedly said he was plotting to kill her.

The ex-deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester Police said the prince ought to be given the chance to deny the claim, apparently made in a letter Diana wrote about 10 months before she died.

Conspiracy theories surrounding the deaths include royal fears that Diana was to marry Muslim Dodi Fayed, who also died, and that an alleged pregnancy was a motive behind "plots" to kill her.

Former royal coroner Dr John Burton, who was present at the princess's post-mortem, has dismissed the pregnancy claims.


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