Diana, Dodi, Trevor Rhys-Jones & Henri-Paul captured on CCTV Camera in the small lift in the Rift Hotel
Diana photographed moments before getting into the fateful Limousine
Possibly the last photo of Diana as she nervously looks over her shoulder at the Paparazzi pursuing her that night
The inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and her companion Dodi Fayed opened on 2nd October 2007 in Court 73, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, and sat on Mondays to Thursdays.

Lord Justice Scott Baker was appointed as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London for the purposes of hearing the Inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (Mr Dodi Al Fayed).

A list of likely issues was read out to be investigated and discussed, these were, in order:-

1. Whether driver error on the part of Henri Paul caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
2. Whether Henri Paul's ability to drive was impaired through drink or drugs
3. Whether a Fiat Uno or any other vehicle caused or contributed to the collision
4. Whether the actions of the Paparazzi caused or contributed to the cause of the collision
5. Whether the road/tunnel layout and construction were inherently dangerous and if so whether this contributed to the collision
6. Whether any bright/flashing lights contributed to or caused the collision and, if so, their source
7. Whose decision it was that the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed should leave from the rear entrance to the Ritz and that Henri Paul should drive the vehicle
8. Henri Paul's movements between 7 and 10 pm on 30 August 1997
9. The explanation for the money in Henri Paul's possession on 30 August 1997 and in his bank account
10. Whether Andanson was in Paris on the night of the collision.

Mohammed Al-Fayed gives a press statement
Paul Burrell leaving court

The verdict of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed deaths were that they were unlawfully killed due to the "gross negligence" of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.

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

Princes William and Harry said they "agreed" with the verdicts and thanked the jury for the "thorough way" in which they considered the evidence. But Dodi's father Mohamed has refused to accept the verdict.

A jury of six women and five men returned joint verdicts of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving - or gross negligence manslaughter, by majorities of nine to two.
Diana's close friend, Rosa Monkton, with whom she holidayed
shortly before she died, was also a witness

It is said that the total cost to British taxpayers of investigating Princess Diana's death has topped £10 million.

In a statement read on behalf of Mohamed Al Fayed, it said:-

"Diana predicted she would be murdered and how it would happen so I am disappointed",
"I have always believed the Prince Philip and the Queen hold valuable evidence that only they know. They were not even questioned but they should have been."
"For 10 years I have endured two police investigations. The French and the Scotland Yard inquiries were wrong. These inquests prove it. They said it was an accident and their findings are now dismissed."
"The most important thing is it is murder."
Members of the Jury travelled to the fatal Pont D'Alma tunnel to investigate
Trevor Rhys, the onky survivor of the crash attends the hearing
Lady Sarah McCorquodale leaves court

Princes William and Harry at the memorial
service for their mother, 31st August 2007

After sitting through evidence from 278 witnesses from across the world, the jury took four days to reach the majority decisions.

The coroner told them that this was a defining moment in history, he then thanked them for their dedication.

Princes William and Harry released a statement following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of their mother and Dodi Fayed
The statement reads:-

"We should like to thank the members of the Jury at the Inquests into the deaths of our mother and Dodi Al Fayed for the thorough way in which they have considered the evidence.
"We agree with their verdicts, and are both hugely grateful to each and every one of them for the forbearance they have shown in accepting such significant disruption to their lives over the past six months.
"Both of us are much indebted to the Coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, for his unfailing courtesy, and for all the consideration shown by him and his staff not only to us but to all those involved in this hearing.
"We are particularly grateful to Trevor Rees, and to others who came forward to give evidence - in many cases reawakening their painful and personal memories.
Finally, the two of us would like to express our most profound gratitude to all those who fought so desperately to save our mother's life on that tragic night."

My own personal final thought is that I just hope that this can bring closure to what has been such a traumatic event to so many people.


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