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Diana inquest: Key events

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Princess Diana died after the crash in the Pont de l'Alma Tunnel

More than a decade after her fatal car crash, a jury at an inquest into the death of Princess Diana has reached its long-awaited verdict.

The six-month inquest at London's High Court, overseen by coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker, began on 2 October 2007.

The following are some of the key pieces of evidence that have been heard:

7 APRIL 2008

The jury returns a majority verdict that Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of their driver, Henri Paul, and the paparazzi.

The jury also specifies that Mr Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their deaths.

1 APRIL 2008

Lord Justice Scott Baker continues his summing up. He says the jury should "proceed with caution" when considering the evidence of former royal butler Paul Burrell.

"It was blindingly obvious that the evidence that he gave in this court was not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," he says.

31 MARCH 2008

Lord Justice Scott Baker begins his summing up. He tells the inquest jury that there is "no evidence" that the Duke of Edinburgh ordered Princess Diana's death or that it was organised by MI6.

The jury is given five options for a verdict.

20 MARCH 2008

Figures released on the coroner's website show that the inquest cost 2,885,618.66 - paid for by the Ministry of Justice.

A three-year inquiry by the Metropolitan Police cost just under 3.7m.

18 MARCH 2008

The inquest finishes calling witnesses.

10 MARCH 2008

  • Paparazzi photographer Serge Benhamou says the driver of the car in which Diana was killed, Henri Paul, appeared to be drunk.

    Mr Benhamou, who was taking pictures on the night, refuses to give evidence in court but provides a written statement.

    He says driver Henri Paul was cheerful, thumbing his nose at photographers and smiling.

  • 7 MARCH 2008

  • The coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, says both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen would not be called to give evidence.

    A spokesman says Mohamed Al Fayed is "extremely disappointed" and is considering the possibility of a judicial review of the ruling.

  • Mr Al Fayed's former spokesman Michael Cole denies that he was part of an alleged plot to embellish details of Diana and Dodi's relationship.

  • The Metropolitan Police says it will not launch a perjury investigation into ex-royal butler Paul Burrell until the inquest concludes.

  • 6 MARCH 2008

  • Diana's former butler Paul Burrell refuses to return to the inquest to explain discrepancies between his evidence and comments reported in the Sun newspaper.

    In a video recording obtained by the Sun, Mr Burrell apparently claims he introduced "red herrings" during his evidence and held back facts.

    The coroner says he cannot compel Mr Burrell to give evidence because he is outside the court's jurisdiction in the US.

  • 4 MARCH 2008

  • Michael Mansfield QC says former head of royal protection David Meynell lied over how seriously he took claims that Princess Diana was being bugged

    Mr Meynell steered clear of a full inquiry into publication of the so-called Squidgygate tapes - conversations between Diana and her former lover James Gilbey - over fears secret services were involved, Mr Mansfield adds.

    Mr Meynell dismisses the accusation as ridiculous.

  • 3 MARCH 2008

  • Heart surgeon Hasnat Khan gives his first detailed account of his two-year relationship with Diana, during which he says he often stayed at Kensington Palace and met the princess's sons.

    He describes how the princess broke up with him after she got back from a holiday with Mohammed Al Fayed and his family, after which she told him she was not seeing anyone else but did not seem "her normal self".

    Mr Khan says he and Diana had discussed the subject of marriage but that he believed the press intrusion would make his life hell.

    Their only chance of a normal life would have been to move to his home country, Pakistan, which the princess did not consider to be an option, he says.

  • Mr Khan tells the court he believes her death was a "tragic accident".

    28 FEBRUARY 2008

  • Sir John Adye, ex-head of the UK electronic intelligence agency GCHQ, tells the court that Princess Diana's phone was not bugged and neither was permission sought to do so.

  • He also told her inquest that GCHQ had not been involved in producing the "Squidgygate" and "Camillagate" tapes of conversations between royals.

    Sir John said a warrant signed by the foreign secretary would have been required in order to bug royal phones, and that it was not within the scope of GCHQ to bug the Royal Family.

    26 FEBRUARY 2008

  • A female MI6 manager, named only as Miss X, tells the court that MI6 were not keeping files on Princess Diana or Dodi Al Fayed.

  • Miss X acknowledged that MI6 kept a card on Dodi Al Fayed's father, Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, but nothing more detailed than that.

    She said there was "absolutely no plan whatsoever" involving Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed.

    22 FEBRUARY 2008

  • Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell is recalled to the inquest to explain apparent discrepancies between his evidence and comments published in the Sun newspaper.

    The Sun reported that Mr Burrell admitted on video that he had introduced "red herrings" into his evidence and deliberately held back facts.

    Mr Burrell's lawyers denied that he concealed evidence.

    21 FEBRUARY 2008

  • The coroner issues a terse warning to those publicly criticising the value of the inquest.

    Lord Justice Scott Baker said the jury needed to base its conclusions on evidence heard in court, not from outside sources.

    20 FEBRUARY 2008

  • The former head of intelligence for MI6 takes to the witness stand to deny that the spy agency had any role in the death of the princess.

    Sir Richard Dearlove told the inquest that the theory that MI6 somehow staged the fatal Paris car crash on the order of Prince Philip is "absurd".

  • Sir Richard questioned the relevance of some of the questions, prompting Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker to concede that he was allowing more "latitude" in the evidence presented than might be expected.

    Lord Justice Baker said allowing "marginal" evidence would help to address public suspicion surrounding the deaths.

    19 FEBRUARY 2008

  • A former assistant to Dodi Al Fayed tells the inquest that Princess Diana feared for her safety.

    Melissa Henning said Mr Al Fayed relayed the Princess's fears to her and that Diana worried there was a Royal family plot to murder her while she was away from her sons.

    Ms Henning said she dismissed the idea as far-fetched until the fatal accident two weeks later, after which, she contacted Mohamed Al Fayed to relay the conversation.

    18 FEBRUARY 2008

    Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were murdered, Mohamed Al Fayed insists as he gives evidence before the coroner.

    The Harrods owner tells the inquest that Diana informed him that she was pregnant. "I am the only person they told," he says.

    Mr Al Fayed adds that the Princess "knew Prince Philip and Prince Charles were trying to get rid of her".

    He also brands Prince Philip a "Nazi" and a "racist".

  • 14 FEBRUARY 2008

  • Former Met police chief Lord Stevens demands an apology for criticisms of his report into Princess Diana's death which ruled it had been a "tragic accident".

    Lord Stevens told the jury he had accused of being negligent and of being influenced by other parties.

    He did not name anyone, but looked at Mohamed Al Fayed's legal team while saying he was "looking for an apology".

    Mohamed Al Fayed's former head of security says he lied when he told US TV Henri Paul had only drank pineapple juice on the night of the crash.

    He also said claims that Diana was pregnant when she died were based on what a journalist told him.

  • 13 FEBRUARY 2008

  • A former MI6 officer, Richard Tomlinson, tells the inquest he saw details of an MI6 plot to assassinate a Balkan leader by causing his car to crash.

    The aim of the plan, in 1993, was to prevent the unnamed political leader from coming to power, he said.

    But the inquest jury was told the plan was dismissed by his superiors and Mr Tomlinson added that he may have got the details of the alleged plot confused.

    Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Diana, has alleged that the crash which killed them was an MI6 plot.

  • 12 FEBRUARY 2008

  • An MI6 team had been based in the British embassy to "liaise with the French authorities" at the time of the crash, the then British ambassador in Paris, Lord Jay tells the jury.

    Lord Jay said if MI6 had been involved in a major operation in Paris he would have expected to have been told, and he had not been aware of anything significant going on.

  • Mr Al Fayed's lawyer Stuart Benson told the jury he was "pretty sure" the couple had got engaged days before the crash.

    Mr Benson said he had received a brief call from Dodi Al Fayed who had spoken of "very exciting news" to share later.

  • 7 FEBRUARY 2008

  • An investigator who said he was acting for police, but in fact worked for Mohamed Al Fayed, tried to buy a battered white Fiat Uno previously owned by photographer James Andanson, the court hears.

    The vehicle had been bought by car dealer Jean-Francois Langlois from Mr Andanson nine weeks after the crash in August 1997.

    Via video-link, Mr Langlois told jurors investigator Michel Kerbois had called at his garage saying he was acting on behalf of the police.

    He said he refused to let him take away the car, which was later seized by police, because he did not think it was roadworthy.

  • The court also hears from former Paris Match journalist Christophe Lafaille who arranged to meet Mr Andanson for lunch on 4 May 2000, only to find he had died.

    Mr Andanson's burned remains were discovered in a car in a forest in the south of France.

    Mr Lafaille said he had come to the same conclusion as the police, that Mr Andanson had committed suicide.

  • 6 FEBRUARY 2008

  • Dodi Al Fayed was wooing Diana during the day and bedding another woman, Kelly Fisher, at night, the inquest hears.

    A transcript of a final phone call between the underwear model and Dodi about two weeks before he died was heard by jurors.

  • A photographer - who has since died in mysterious circumstances - claimed he was at the scene of the Paris crash, but was not seen, the inquest is told.

    James Andanson is said to have bragged that he took secret photographs of the accident.

  • 5 FEBRUARY 2008

  • The jury is told that the owner of a white Fiat Uno believed to have been involved in the crash, told police damage done to the car was the result of "someone hitting me on a roundabout".

  • The inquest also hears that seven payments each of 40,000 French francs (around 4,000) into driver Henri Paul's bank account were "unexplained."

    Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Al Fayed, believes Mr Paul was secretly in the pay of spies who ordered him to drive on the night of the fatal crash even though it was not his usual job.

    Mr Paul's parents have dismissed this idea, saying their son occasionally received "large one-off tips" from wealthy Ritz guests.

    4 FEBRUARY 2008

  • The parents of the driver of the car, Henri Paul, say they had never seen their son drink to excess. The inquest hears a large cache of alcohol was found in Mr Paul's flat, but Jean and Gisele Paul's lawyer says bottles may have been planted there.

  • The jury also hears that despite a massive operation, police never tracked down a white Fiat Uno, believed to have been involved in the crash.

    31 JANUARY 2008

  • A pharmacologist says tests indicating driver Henri Paul was drinking before the crash may have been "cooked". Prof Atholl Johnston - acting for Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed - said a blood sample appearing to show Mr Paul had been drinking was probably "someone else's".

    Harrods owner Mr Al Fayed believes samples may have been switched at the Paris mortuary to cover up a murder plot orchestrated by intelligence services.

  • Jurors also hear from Claude Garrec who says Henri Paul, his best friend, had a history of drinking and driving but had a "very high" tolerance to alcohol.

    30 JANUARY 2008

  • An expert hired by Mohamed Al Fayed agrees there may be "compelling evidence" that the driver of the car, Henri Paul, had been drinking before the crash.

    Professor Peter Vanezis, of Barts and the London Hospital, told the jury that the "chain of custody" for the blood samples was chaotic and "virtually non-existent".

    Duncan Macleod, representing the Metropolitan Police, said the amount of alcohol in Mr Paul's blood sample matched the amount detected in a sample of fluid, known as vitreous humour, taken from inside his eyeball during his post mortem.

    Mr Macleod asked Professor Vanezis: "It is the case, is it not, that the sequence of evidence I've just outlined to you is compelling evidence that that vitreous humour is likely to have come from Henri Paul and is virtually conclusive of the alcohol level in his body?"

    Professor Vanezis replied: "Providing the toxicology has been carried out correctly, that would seem to be the case."

    28 JANUARY 2008

  • Princess Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, says she entrusted a "Pandora's box" of secrets to butler Paul Burrell after the fatal Paris car crash - but that the sensitive documents, including Diana's divorce papers, have never been seen since.

    The large wooden box is at the centre of claims that it contained "nasty" letters from the Duke of Edinburgh to Diana, and other embarrassing material that Lady Sarah destroyed to stop it causing distress to members of the Royal Family.

    But Lady Sarah told the court she was "100%" confident there were no letters from Prince Philip in the box.

    She also said there was a "strong possibility" the Princess's relationship with her former lover, heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, could have ended in marriage, but her later romance with Dodi did not "have much longer to go".

    23 JANUARY 2008

  • The sole survivor of the crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, bodyguard Trevor Rees, denies he was part of a murder cover-up.

    Giving evidence, he said his "last true memory" was leaving the Ritz Hotel.

    The ex-bodyguard, the only person in the car wearing a seatbelt, denied the allegations from Mohamed Al Fayed that he had not lost his memory, and that he was appointed to a UN post to ensure his continued silence.

  • Mr Rees, known as Rees-Jones at the time of the crash, says Dodi Al Fayed insisted on the ill-fated decoy plan to dodge waiting paparazzi.

    22 JANUARY 2008

  • Problems with the blood samples from the body of Princess Diana's driver suggested a "conspiracy or a cock-up", toxicologist Professor Robert Forrest tells her inquest.

    "Biologically inexplicable" levels of carbon monoxide in Henri Paul's blood were "analytical error or a mystery", he said.

    He said if the Ritz security chief had been exposed to that level of the gas, he would have appeared ill.

    21 JANUARY 2008

  • Princess Diana's chauffeur Henri Paul may have had eight alcoholic drinks the night he died, the inquest hears.

    His blood alcohol level - 1.74g of alcohol per litre of blood - was twice the drink-drive limit for UK motorists.

    Pathologist Professor Robert Forrest said this was consistent with eight drinks, not the two 50ml liqueurs bar staff at Paris's Ritz hotel said he drank that night.

    16 JANUARY 2008

  • Diana's ex-butler Paul Burrell, continuing his evidence for a third and last day, says the Queen had voiced concern at the princess's relationship with Dodi Al Fayed.

    Mr Burrell said he had met the Queen weeks after the princess died, and she had said Diana had been "over-excited" about her relationship.

    But he denied a suggestion from Michael Mansfield QC that the Duke of Edinburgh had called Dodi an "oily bedhopper".

  • Lord Condon - Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time of Diana's death - states his belief that the deaths had resulted from a "tragic accident" and to deny that there was a police cover-up. "It would be an absolute betrayal of everything I stood for," he said.

    15 JANUARY 2008

  • Princess Diana's former lawyer Maggie Rae says Diana told her legal team in October 1995 that the Queen would stand aside for Prince Charles in April 1996.

  • Ms Rae also told the hearing that the princess spoke of plans to sideline her through an accident where she would be seriously injured.

  • Diana's ex-butler Paul Burrell returns to the inquest for a second day after having being previously sent home to retrieve documents, which he claimed contained secrets about Diana.

    However, coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said the information - that Diana was considering moving abroad - was already in the public domain.

    14 JANUARY 2008

  • It is "impossible" that Princess Diana was murdered on the orders of the Royal Family, her former butler says.

  • "I could not possibly see the father of her children murdering her," said Paul Burrell when asked if Prince Charles could have planned Diana's death.

    Mr Burrell, her butler of 10 years, also told the court Diana had considered marrying heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

    He revealed the princess's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, had disapproved of her relationships and called Diana a "whore".

    10 JANUARY 2008

  • Prince Philip wrote "cruel and disparaging" letters to Princess Diana, a witness tells the inquest.

  • Alternative therapist Simone Simmons said the princess had shown her two letters dating from 1994 or 1995, in which Prince Philip made observations about the propriety of Diana's behaviour.

  • Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were engaged, Mohamed Al Fayed's press spokesman insists.

  • Michael Cole said Dodi had given him "the strongest indication that he was going to marry Diana".

    9 JANUARY 2008

  • The intelligence services were recording Princess Diana's conversations, a former bodyguard says.

  • Ken Wharfe, who served Diana for six years, said the "Squidgygate" tapes of her speaking intimately to a friend in 1989 were probably made by GCHQ.

    7 JANUARY 2008

  • A suspected bugging device may have been found in the home of Princess Diana, a security expert says.

  • Grahame Harding, who said Diana talked of "dark forces", told the inquest he had searched her palace rooms four times in four months in 1994, and on one occasion a signal had been found.

    But he added, under cross-examination, the signal could have come from a number of things, including a mobile phone or a radio.

    20 DECEMBER 2007

  • Driver Henri Paul was drunk just hours before the fatal crash, a barman says.

  • Alain Willaumez, who worked at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, said Mr Paul was "walking like a clown".

    19 DECEMBER 2007

  • Diana had contraceptive pills in her possession while she was with Dodi Al Fayed, a witness says.

  • Deborah Gribble, who worked on the yacht owned by the Al Fayed family, said she saw the tablets during a cruise the couple took together.

    Mr Al Fayed's father maintains that the princess was pregnant with Dodi's baby at the time of her death.

    18 DECEMBER 2007

  • A holistic healer says driver Henri Paul was a "maniac" behind the wheel.

  • Myriah Daniels said she was convinced she would die from his "reckless" driving on a journey through Paris in August 1997.

    17 DECEMBER 2007

  • A retired Scotland Yard detective says French police never suggested Diana's death was anything other than a tragic accident.

  • Former Chief Superintendent Jeff Rees said he repeatedly asked about the possibility of foul play, but "the answer was always an unequivocal 'no'".

  • Diana's friend Lady Annabel Goldsmith says the princess told her she needed marriage to Dodi Al Fayed "like a rash on my face".

    14 DECEMBER 2007

  • Details of letters written from Princess Diana to Dodi Al Fayed are revealed.

  • In one of them, she wrote: "This comes with all the love in the world and as always a million heart-felt thanks at bringing such joy into this particular chick's life."

    In another, she describes a gift to Mr Al Fayed - cufflinks which belonged to her father.

    13 DECEMBER 2007

  • Letters between Princess Diana and the Duke of Edinburgh are shown to the jury.

    In one, Prince Philip said he would do his best to help Prince Charles and Diana but admitted he had "no talents" as a marriage counsellor.

    The princess replied that she disagreed and wrote that Philip was "very modest" about his marriage guidance skills.

    12 DECEMBER 2007

  • Diana's stepmother says the princess was "deeply and blissfully" in love with Dodi Al Fayed.

    Their relationship was so "profound" that they were likely to get married, Raine, Countess Spencer said, but she dismissed claims Diana was pregnant.

    Diana was raised in an "old-fashioned way" and it would have been "out of the question for her" to let herself become pregnant outside of marriage, she said.

    11 DECEMBER 2007

  • Princess Diana's driver Henri Paul did not appear to be drunk just hours before the fatal car crash, a barman says.

    Sebastien Trotte, a former barman at the Ritz in Paris where Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were staying, said he served Mr Paul in the hotel's Bar Vendome.

    He said Mr Paul drank two 4cl measures of Ricard - aniseed spirit - but did not appear to be "in any sense drunk".

    6 DECEMBER 2007

  • Claims that Dodi Al Fayed had bought an engagement ring hours before he and Princess Diana died are denied.

    Claude Roulet, a former employee of the Al Fayed family, said he had helped Mr Al Fayed select a ring from Alberto Repossi's shop in the French capital.

    But he disputed Mr Repossi's claims that the couple chose the ring together, and that it was an engagement ring.

    3 DECEMBER 2007

  • Henri Paul should not have been driving on the night of their fatal crash, the inquest hears.

    He was acting head of security at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, when he drove the couple. Mr Al Fayed's usual driver, Philippe Dorneau, remained at the front of the building acting as a decoy.

    Night security manager Francois Tendil said the ill-fated plan was devised to evade the paparazzi.

    29 NOVEMBER 2007

    Mohamed Al Fayed said his son had been the victim of a plot or an assassination within seconds of being told of his death, according to Frank Klein, boss of the Ritz hotel in Paris, who broke the news of the death to him.

    Mr Klein says that Mr Fayed had told him: "This is not an accident, this is a plot or an assassination."

    27 NOVEMBER 2007

    Romuald Rat, the first photographer on the scene of the car crash, notifies the inquest that he will not give evidence.

    26 NOVEMBER 2007

    Dr Robert Chapman, who carried out Diana's post-mortem, tells her inquest that her womb and ovaries did not show the tell-tale signs of pregnancy. But he says these would not necessarily be visible very soon after conception.

    Also, the coroner loses his bid to have testimony from paparazzi involved in the case read to the jury.

    23 NOVEMBER 2007

    The coroner appeals against a High Court ruling that he could not allow paparazzi evidence at the inquest. That court had backed a legal challenge by the parents of Diana's driver, Henri Paul, over allowing the evidence to be read to jurors.

    21 NOVEMBER 2007

    Diana's former private secretary Michael Gibbins says it was "clear" that the princess feared her calls were being monitored in the months before her death. He says she changed her phone number because of her concerns.

    16 NOVEMBER 2007

    Lawyers object to the statements from paparazzi present at the death of Diana and Dodi being read to her inquest without challenge. The coroner has ruled the statements could be read to the jury, even though the photographers refused to give evidence in person by video link.

    15 NOVEMBER 2007

  • Suggestions that medics should have carried out a pregnancy test on the princess are dismissed by the doctor who fought to save her.

    Professor Bruno Riou said checking for signs of pregnancy would have amounted to a "disastrous loss of time".

    He also told the inquest her chances of survival after her car crash were "almost nil".

    14 NOVEMBER 2007

  • Doctors recount the decision to give up on the fight to save the life of Princess Diana.

    Anaesthetist Daniel Eyraud said medics agreed "by common consent" to abandon attempts to restart her heart after surgery to stem internal bleeding.

    He said staff at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital had treated her for "a few hours" when the decision was taken.

    12 NOVEMBER 2007

  • The inquest hears that a passer-by held the princess's hand as she lay dying in the back of her black Mercedes.

    A statement from Abdelatif Redjil read in court said he opened a back door and comforted the princess, who he said looked unconscious. "She repeated words like 'my God, my God'," Mr Redjil said.

    7 NOVEMBER 2007

  • An accident expert says the crash was probably caused by Diana's driver's "over-reaction" in avoiding a mystery white car.

    Tony Read said driver Henri Paul swerved left, then right, then left again before crashing at 60-70 miles per hour in a Paris tunnel.

    Speed, presence of the paparazzi, and Mr Paul's intake of alcohol and drugs would also have contributed, he said.

    6 NOVEMBER 2007

  • French authorities refuse to force the paparazzi who pursued Princess Diana to give evidence.

    Lord Justice Scott Baker said he was "disappointed" after previously vowing to leave "no stone unturned" in his bid to have the photographers appear.

    31 OCTOBER 2007

    Michael Mansfield QC calls on Justice Secretary Jack Straw to intervene over the French court's decision not to force the paparazzi to give evidence.

    30 OCTOBER 2007

  • Paparazzo Romuald Rat rang UK newspaper the Sun from the Paris tunnel to offer exclusive pictures of the injured princess for 300,000, the inquest hears.

    The coroner obtained a transcript of one of the newspaper's staff Kenneth Lennox saying he received the "slightly panicked" call.

  • Lord Justice Scott Baker says a decision had been taken not to force paparazzi to give evidence.

    29 OCTOBER 2007

  • Paparazzi photographer Stephane Darmon tells the jury Princess Diana's driver, Henri Paul, taunted photographers on the night she died and looked as if he wanted to be "centre stage". He said Mr Paul had the telltale signs of being an alcoholic.

  • Witness Georges Dauzonne, who saw a white Fiat Uno coming out of the Paris tunnel thought the driver was drunk, the inquest hears. Mr Dauzonne said the driver swerved as he adjusted his mirror and appeared to be bothered by something behind him.

  • Mr Dauzonne and his wife, Sabine, both picked out Le Van Thanh as the driver of the Fiat from a line-up of photographs of possible drivers, the inquest hears.

    25 OCTOBER 2007

  • Witness Damian Dalby, a volunteer firefighter, tells the jury Princess Diana repeated the words "Oh my God" as she lay hurt in the wreckage of the car while photographers took pictures.

    24 OCTOBER 2007

  • Witness Olivier Partouche tells the jury a dark vehicle attempted to slow down Princess Diana's Mercedes just before it crashed. Mr Partouche, who was working as a chauffeur at the time, said the vehicle was trying to help the paparazzi get pictures.

    18 OCTOBER 2007

    Dodi Al Fayed in jewellery store (Handout/PA Wire)
    The jewellery store footage had never been shown before

  • The jury is shown a copy of a receipt for an 11,600 ring, which Dodi Al Fayed's family says may have been an engagement ring, bought by Dodi hours before the fatal car crash.

  • The jury is shown new CCTV footage of Dodi Al Fayed picking up the ring. Hours before the crash he had paid a visit to the Paris branch of jewellery store, Alberto Repossi.

    17 OCTOBER 2007

  • A photographer says in a statement that on the night the princess and Mr Al Fayed died, paparazzi outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris were told to expect an imminent announcement, possibly regarding an engagement or pregnancy.

  • Witnesses tell of seeing a second car in the tunnel, as well as a motorcycle accelerating away from the crashed car.

    16 OCTOBER 2007

  • One of the first people on the scene, James Huth, tells the jury he was unable to see the princess because she was trapped so low in the car's footwell and was obscured by Dodi Al Fayed's body. Mr Huth said he tried to calm the princess's bodyguard, Trevor Rees, who was injured in the car and "panicking".

    15 OCTOBER 2007

  • The jury listens to a motorist and pedestrians who heard and saw the princess's car and another car in the tunnel.

  • Francois Levistre, who was driving in front of the princess's car, described how her car was overtaken by a motorbike inside the underpass. Other witnesses said the Mercedes might have suffered a "bump" with another large, dark car.

    11 OCTOBER 2007

  • The jury is shown pictures of the dying Diana taken by paparazzi in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. The coroner said the pictures, in which the princess's face was digitally obscured, would not be released to the public.

  • Witnesses tell the inquest that photographers began taking shots of the princess seconds after the crash and made no move to assist the injured.

    10 OCTOBER 2007

  • The inquest resumes in London with testimony from two eyewitnesses to the fatal crash who said they thought they had stumbled upon a terrorist attack or a film set just moments after the collision.

  • Speaking via videolink from Paris, Antonio Lopes-Borges and his passenger Ana Simao say they saw two photographers in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel taking pictures of the crash. Ms Simao said they were physically on the car.

    9 OCTOBER 2007

  • At the beginning of the second day of their two-day trip to Paris to retrace the final movements of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, jurors are taken on a tour of the rooms of the Ritz Hotel where the couple spent their final evening together.

  • They see the rooms where the couple and their body guards were caught by the hotel's CCTV, and visit the hotel bar where driver Henri Paul bought two alcoholic drinks.

  • They are then driven along a number of alternative routes to Mr Al Fayed's apartment, the destination the couple were driving towards at the time of the crash.

  • 8 OCTOBER 2007

  • Jurors are flown to Paris to retrace the final movements of Diana and Dodi Al Fayed. They are driven by coach along the route the couple took from the Ritz Hotel, and through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel where their car crashed.

  • French police stop traffic through the tunnel and jurors walk down into the underpass to see the site of the car crash. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker pointed out details relevant to the inquest, such as the slope of the road and the flow of traffic.

  • The jurors are taken on the route a second time at night, to show them how the journey would have appeared on the evening of the crash and they are taken to the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital where Princess Diana died.

    4 OCTOBER 2007

  • New CCTV footage, showing the final moments of the princess and Mr Al Fayed before they left the Ritz Hotel, is shown to the inquest jury. The couple are seen cuddling at the rear exit as they attempt to escape the paparazzi camped outside the front of the hotel.

  • An Australian tourist's seven-minute home video is also revealed in court. It captured the "dummy run" of a decoy plan, hatched to allow Princess Diana and Dodi to leave by the back door.

  • The court is also shown footage of driver Henri Paul visiting the hotel bar about two hours before the fatal crash.

  • 3 OCTOBER 2007

  • Dramatic new footage compiled from 20 security cameras inside the Ritz hotel in Paris reveals the final comings and goings of the princess and Dodi, including a smiling Princess Diana inside a hotel lift.

  • Lord Justice Baker says scientific evidence might not be able to demonstrate either way whether or not Princess Diana was pregnant.

  • The inquest hears how members of MI6 were in Paris during the summer Diana and Dodi Al Fayed both died, but Lord Justice Baker says they had "bigger fish to fry" than tracking Diana.

  • 2 OCTOBER 2007

    Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in lift
    Diana smiles in the Paris Ritz lift along with Dodi Al Fayed
  • On the opening day of the inquest, coroner Lord Justice Baker says the process would result in a "vigorous and searching inquiry".

  • The jury is shown a picture of the princess in a leopard-print swimsuit taken in the summer of 1997, often cited as evidence that she was pregnant with Dodi's child. But Lord Justice Baker pointed out that the photograph had been taken shortly before Princess Diana met Dodi.

  • Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed tells reporters before the start of the hearing that he hoped the inquest would "reach the decision, which I believe, that my son and Princess Diana have been murdered by the Royal Family".





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