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Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 15:43 GMT
'Distasteful' Diana leaflet withdrawn
The car in which Diana died in 1997

An anti drink-driving leaflet featuring a photograph of the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, has been withdrawn by the Ministry of Defence police.

The photocopied leaflet was handed to visitors to RAF Alconbury, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, with the warning: "Unfortunately, even a princess isn't safe with a drink driver."

Diana: Leaflet said "even a princess isn't safe with a drink driver"
It featured a grainy picture of the wreckage of a car, and the MoD could not rule out that the vehicle was the Mercedes limousine in which Diana met her death in Paris.

A Ministry of Defence police spokesman said the flyer had been designed by MoD police officers on a computer as support for the government's millennium anti-drink drive campaign.

But he added: "It was just distasteful. It was a small, silly mistake that has come out and hopefully won't deflect people from following the campaign throughout the country."

He said only a few of the 50 photocopies of the leaflet had been handed out by police guarding the entry to the airbase, which is home to hundreds of married quarters.

Diana, her friend Dodi Fayed and their drunk French chauffeur Henri Paul died in August 1997 when their Mercedes crashed in a Paris underpass.

A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Transport and The Regions, which launched its seasonal anti drink-drive campaign on Wednesday, said the leaflet had nothing to do with its campaign.

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