Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed came face-to-face with Lord Justice Scott Baker at the inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales, yesterday. Marking the climax of his efforts to convince the world and a jury of the truth of allegations he tore into the British establishment.
Mr Al Fayed, 75, has spent 10 years trying to prove that his son Dodi and Princess Diana were killed in an assaniation orchestrated by British Intelligence on the orders of senior members of the royal household.
Nor did he understate his case. It was not a murder but a “slaughter”, he raged. Diana and Dodi were the victims of “terrorists … gangsters” who just happened to include some of the most prominent figures in the British establishment, he said.
Under cross-examination, the Egyptian-born tycoon explained exactly how Diana was murdered and how his investigations had been frustrated at every stage by secret “stooges” of the British establishment: in the judiciary, the Government and the media, many of whom had been ennobled for their services against him.
The murder was, he said, the result of an audacious plot hatched by Prince Philip, who was not only a member of the Frankenstein family but also the real ruler of Britain and a crypto-Nazi. Philip was assisted by his son Prince Charles, Mr Al Fayed claimed; they were the two principal royal plotters, the senior male members of what he called a “Dracula family”.
Moreover, he alleged, the assassination was staged with the full knowledge of Prime Minister Tony Blair, his chief-of-staff Jonathan Powell. Al Fayed claimed the plot was similar to one hatched by the security services to kill the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, outlined in Richard Tomlinson’s affidavit. The plan, Mr Al Fayed said, was masterminded from a secret communications centre in Paris, linked to the government listening station GCHQ by the Queen’s Private Secretary, Lord Fellowes, who also happened to be Diana’s brother-in-law.
He claimed the plot also involved a paparazzi photographer James Andanson (who was, according to Mr Al Fayed, later murdered) and Diana and Dodi’s chauffeur that night, Henri Paul. Both were part of an intricately coordinated joint operation between M16 and the French security services, with communications support from the CIA.
Central to the whole plot, Mr Al Fayed told the court, was a laser used to temporarily blind Mr Paul, a claim further substantiated by Richard Tomlinson’s affidavit.
According to Tomlinson, Britain’s security services were well acquianted with the device, used to disorientate targeted vehicles, and he had personally been briefed on it use while in MI6.
However, Mr Al Fayed claimed the conspiracy stretched even wider. French agents in the ambulances deliberately delayed the Princess’s arrival at hospital so that she was beyond treatment. Once there, her body was embalmed, possibly on the orders of Lord Jay, then British ambassador to Paris and now head of the Foreign Office, to hide any signs of her pregnancy. Doctors then swapped Henri Paul’s blood with that from another corpse to convince the world the chauffeur was drunk while being pursued by photographers in Paris.
The cover-up, Mr Al Fayed said, involved not only Hervé Stephan, the French judge who led the inquiry in Paris, but also the former Scotland Yard commissioners Lord Stevens and Lord Condon. Also complicit in the cover-up was Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and the Princess’s lawyer, the late Lord Mischcon.
Between them, Mr Al Fayed said, they had suppressed an incriminatig note Diana had written – vital evidence he claimed.
Understandably Al Fayed was bitter in his condemnation of those whom he believed were responsible for the deaths of Diana and Dodi.
“They have no conscience, no courage and have given into the dark forces who want the note to stay secret,” Mr Al Fayed said. “[Diana] said she was going to be killed in a car crash and this is what happened to my son. She told me that if [she] was ever killed or anything happened to her I must make sure the contents of this box were made public.” Mr Al Fayed insisted repeatedly that the case was “black and white”. Those who opposed his version of events were talking “baloney” or part of the conspiracy of “dark forces”, he said.
However, he reserved his most savage criticism for the Royal House of Windsor. Of Prince Charles, he said: “I am sure he knows what is going on to happen because he would like to get on and marry his Camilla, and this is what happened. They cleared the decks. They finished [Diana], they murdered her and now he is happy. He married his crocodile wife and he is happy.”
Mr Al Fayed described Prince Philip as one of the real powers in Britain and the head of an “18th-century autocracy”. “Philip is ruling the country behind the scenes,” he said. “He is a racist as everybody knows, he will not accept us, as a person that grew up with the Nazis.” He added: “You want to have his original name? It ends with Frankenstein.”