A TIME OF MIRACLES BEGIN ... DIANA'S GHOST FILMED IN A GLASGOW CHURCH
activity? Princess Diana's ghost caught
on camera in Glasgow
enthusiast Michael Cohen is investigating whether a
19 January, 2012
A group of Chinese tourists filmed the stained glass window in Scotland without realising that it featured Princess Di from beyond the grave.
The video - which was later passed on to Cohen - appears to show a ghostly-looking image resembling Diana. And Cohen is convinced the short snippet of footage could well be evidence or paranormal activity.
'Scientists tell us that ghosts don't exist, and yet people around the world keep seeing them,' he said. 'While we might not want nothing to do with the dead, perhaps some ghosts have unfinished business with us.'
Cohen goes on to claim the shot as one of the 'clearest' paranormal images he has come across.
'The footage is currently being examined by myself and other researchers to ascertain if it is a genuine ghost capture. It might be a bizarre optical illusion, but then again, it could be a ghost - possibly Princess Diana's. Ghosts often appear in places connected to their lives and families. Ghosts might appear to warn individuals, groups and even entire nations of possible impending danger.'
The Princess of Wales' mother is believed to have spent a lot of time in Scotland, passing away there in 2004.
The footage is being used in an upcoming TV series on Paranormal mysteries.
Princess Diana's ghost filmed in church
Posted on Thursday, 19 January, 2012
A video taken by tourists in a Glasgow church is thought to show the ghost of the late Princess Diana.
The footage taken inside the church shows the stained glass windows at the back with the distinctive form of a woman in the central window that looks exactly like Princess Diana.
Michael Cohen has been investigating the case. "The footage is currently being examined by myself and other researchers to ascertain if it is a genuine ghost capture," he said. "It might be a bizarre optical illusion, but then again, it could be a ghost - possibly Princess Diana's."
A group of Chinese tourists filmed the stained glass window in Scotland without realising that it featured Princess Di from beyond the grave. The video - which was later passed on to Cohen - appears to show a ghostly-looking image resembling Diana.
Tombs of Tut's wife, Mark Antony, Cleopatra could soon be found
By Subir Ghosh
Jan 11, 2011
Luxor - Archaeologists never make predictions. But the world's best known Egyptologist says the tomb of King Tutankhamuns wife, the Great Pyramids secret doors, and the final resting place of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony may well be discovered in 2011.
Dr Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has told Discovery News that these potential discoveries could well be on the cards this year. As of now, the emphasis of Dr Hawass and his team is on the Valley of Kings. In all, 63 tombs have been discovered here since the 18th century, with as many as 26 belonging to kings. Dr Hawass is looking for the 64th, which is being referred to as KV64. This tomb, in all likelihood, will be a burial chamber. Preliminary findings indicate that it could belong to Ankhesenamun, the Queen of Tutankhamun.
Ankhesenamun (1348 1324 BC) was a queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Born Ankhesenpaaten, she was the third of six known daughters of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti. She married her half-brother Tutankhamun. She may have even briefly married Tutankhamun's successor, Ay, possibly her maternal grandfather.
The last of the tombs to be discovered here, in March 2005, was KV63. Though no mummies were found, because of its proximity to the tomb of Tutankhamun's KV62, it is believed that KV63 was erected for Ankhesenamen. Among other objects found were coffins (one with an imprint of a woman on it), women's clothing, and jewellery.
Fragments of pottery bearing the partial name Paaten were also discovered. Since the only royal person known to bear this name was Ankhesenamen, or Ankhesenpaaten, it is conjectured that KV63 was designed for her.
While most of the recent excavation activities have concentrated on the west bank of Luxor, Dr Hawass has also been working on a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings and a buried pyramid in the Dashur area. The search started with the clicking of satellite images over Dashur, whoch is about 50 km from Cairo) to see the possibilities of buried pyramids. Excavation is already under way to unearth this new pyramid, which possibly belonged to a king of the 13th Dynasty (1782-1650 BC). This was a period that was bloodied by intense rivalry between suitors to the throne.
The third quest is the the final resting place of legendary lovers, Roman leader Mark Antony and Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII. Excavations have been going on for a while at the temple near the northern city of Alexandria which was built during the reign of King Ptolemy II. Cleopatra VII was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Diana was murdered says QC as he tells of unanswered questions
Tuesday 27th July 2010
Dodi and Diana together a few days before the crash in 1997 Thursday July 22,2010 By Padraic Flanagan PRINCESS Diana was murdered, the leading barrister who played a key part in the inquest into her death insisted last night.
Many vital questions remain unanswered over the Paris crash which cost her life, he added.
Diana had a credible and understandable basis for her fear that she was being spied on because of the threat she posed to the Royal Family and the Establishment, said Michael Mansfield QC.
Mr Mansfield, who represented tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed at the inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi and the Princess, repeated: I am on record as saying that I believe the deaths were the result of murder.
There are a combination of motives for the desire to see Princess Diana and Dodi killed, many of which have been regularly rehearsed by Mohamed Al Fayed. These include claims that Diana was pregnant with Dodis child andthat she planned to marry him. Mr Al Fayed has previously insisted that the couple were the victims of racism because Dodi was a Muslim.
Public concern over the possibility that a conspiracy lies behind the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed on August 31, 1997, has propelled Mr Mansfields autobiography, Memoirs Of A Radical Lawyer, into the best seller charts. Sales of the book are expected to rise still further when publishers Bloomsbury release the paperback version early in September, a week after the 13th anniversary of Dianas death.
In his book, Mr Mansfield, 68, describes his role at the inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi in a Paris underpass. He said: I found it difficult simply to accept that what happened in Paris was just one of those tragic things. Judging whether a hidden hand is at work is always difficult, but I prefer a healthy and inquisitive assessment of the authorised version.
I have always believed that whatever had caused the crash, it was not an accident. And, as it transpired, that belief was shared by the jury at the inquest.
His book highlights other issues never resolved by evidence, or reflected in the verdict. They include the fate of a box of personal papers belonging to Diana, the mystery driver of a white Fiat said to be involved, what chauffeur Henri Paul was doing before the crash and how he came to have large sums of money paid into his bank accounts before the crash.
GHOSTLY SIGHTINGS IN BRITAIN: WILL DIANA'S PROPHESIED ALTHORP APPARITION BE MUCH LATER TO ARRIVE?
Jade Goody haunts Big Brother house
23rd July 2010
BIG BROTHER is being haunted by Jade Goody and her ghost is to blame for a series of eerie mishaps in the BB house, a psychic claimed last night.
Celebrity medium Sara Etienne, 50, believes the BB3 star has returned to have some fun at the producers expense. And she has volunteered to go on to the studio set to exorcise Jades spirit from the show. Yesterday we told how the programmes bosses believe they are victims of a curse following a sequence of spooky events. They fear they are being punished for Channel 4s decision to axe BB after an 11- year run. Spiritualist Sara says she is receiving vibes and messages from above that point to mischievous Jade being the source of the havoc on BB11. Sara, who counts Coronation Street and Hollyoaks stars among her clients, said Jade had very positive energy. And she said the star, who died last year aged 27 after battling cervical cancer, wanted to make it clear that she was still around. Sara said: I think Jade is there not to cause trouble but to help people.
Its very nurturing, almost motherly. I think Jade realises fame is not all its cracked up to be and wants to warn others. Thats why things are going wrong.
Its a message. I feel shes saying these people can do something with their lives without having to be on TV.
Host Davina McCall, 42, was stranded in France thanks to a strike by air traffic controllers, forcing the cancellation of a live show on Wednesday.
Tonights eviction was also axed after housemate Keeley Johnson, 30, slipped during a task and fractured her ankle. Lovesick student Caoimhe Guilfoyle, 22, walked out after 42 days, saying she missed her boyfriend. That came after Caoimhes admirer, Shabby Katchadourian, 24, decided to call it quits. Last night white witch Deardra Johnson also promised to sort out the spooky problems by breaking the curse. At 9pm last night she lit a candle and chanted a good luck spell, hoping to flood the BB house with good vibes. Deardra, 46, said: This will break the string of bad luck.
Ghost caught on camera at Bodelwyddan Castle
BBC - North East Wales Weblog
10:20 UK time, Thursday, 15 July 2010
Contributor Suzanne Matthews shares this spooky photograph taken at Bodelwyddan Castle, which is reputed to be haunted. And Suzanne wonders if, indeed, she has captured on film a silhouette of one of the castle's spirits that led TV's Most Haunted crew to hold a live vigil on-site earlier this year.
Suzanne tells us: "To me it looks like a young girl kneeling at the side of the bed with her face in her hands. I can clearly see her eyes and nose, some kind of hat and the ringlets in her hair. Please tell me what you think."
This isn't the first time we've received photos of strange images and light anomalies from guests at the castle. Plus, there are plenty more share by members of a Facebook group, Bodelwyddan Castle Paranormal. And there has been no shortage of people sharing stories of their ghost sightings at the castle.
King Tuts DNA is Western European?
2010 07 19
Despite the refusal of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to release any DNA results which might indicate the racial ancestry of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the leaked results reveal that King Tuts DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes.
The DNA test results were inadvertently revealed on a Discovery Channel TV documentary filmed with Hawasss permission but it seems as if the Egyptian failed to spot the giveaway part of the documentary which revealed the test results.
Hawass previously announced that he would not release the racial DNA results of Egyptian mummies obviously because he feared the consequences of such a revelation.
On the Discovery Channel broadcast, which can be seen on the Discovery Channel website here, or if they pull it, on YouTube here, at approximately 1:53 into the video, the camera pans over a printout of DNA test results from King Tut.
Firstly, here is a brief explanation of the results visible in the video. It is a list of what is called Short Tandem Repeats (STRs).
STRs are repeated DNA sequences which are short repeat units whose characteristics make them especially suitable for human identification.
These STR values for 17 markers visible in the video are as follows:
DYS 19 14 (? not clear)
DYS 385a 11
DYS 385b 14
DYS 389i 13
DYS 389ii 30
DYS 390 24
DYS 391 11
DYS 392 13
DYS 393 13
DYS 437 14 (? not clear)
DYS 438 12
DYS 439 10
DYS 448 19
DYS 456 15
DYS 458 16
DYS 635 23
What does this mean? Fortunately, a genius by the name of Whit Athey provides the key to this list. Mr Athey is a retired physicist whose working career was primarily at the Food and Drug Administration where he was chief of one of the medical device labs.
Mr Athey received his doctorate in physics and biochemistry at Tufts University, and undergraduate (engineering) and masters (math) degrees at Auburn University. For several years during the 1980s, he also taught one course each semester in the electrical engineering department of the University of Maryland. Besides his interest in genetic genealogy, he is an amateur astronomer and has his own small observatory near his home in Brookeville, MD.
He also runs a very valuable website called the Haplogroup Predictor which allows users to input STR data and generate the haplogroup which marks those STR data.
For those who want to know what a haplogroup is, here is a simple definition: a haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) mutation.
Still none the wiser? Damn these scientists.
Ok, lets try it this way: a haplotype is a combination of multiple specific locations of a gene or DNA sequence on a chromosome.
Haplogroups are assigned letters of the alphabet, and refinements consist of additional number and letter combinations, for example R1b or R1b1. Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA haplogroups have different haplogroup designations. In essence, haplogroups give an insight into ancestral origins dating back thousands of years.
By entering all the STR data inadvertently shown on the Discovery video, a 99.6 percent fit with the R1b haplogroup is revealed.
The significance is, of course, that R1b is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, western England and the European Atlantic seaboard in other words, European through and through.
The truth about Cleopatra's lethal drugs cocktail
June 30th, 2010
Cleopatra did not kill herself in 30BC by letting an asp sink its poison-laced fangs into her delicate flesh, as everyone thought. Instead she swallowed a lethal cocktail of drugs opium, hemlock and aconitum. At least, that is what Professor Christoph Schaefer of the university of Trier says. He tells a German television programme, Back then this was a well-known mixture that led to a painless death within just a few hours, whereas the snake death could have taken days and been agonising.
Mind you, of those three poisons, I am not sure that either aconitum or hemlock would be bring about an easeful death. Opium just sends you to sleep into the arms of Morpheus and in high doses shuts down respiration; thats how you die. The other two, though, could feel extremely nasty.
Aconitum, aka wolfsbane, stimulates the heart and can kill as a result. Youd feel terrible, with palpitations, fever probably, terrible nausea and angor animi thats the feeling of acute anxiety and fear of death that presages actual death. Aconitum is a flower from the ranunculales (buttercup) family, and an ancient medicine. Medea used it when she attempted to murder Theseus. She mixed it in a bowl of wine. It appealed to the Romantics, or the idea of it did anyway. Keats refers to it in his Ode on Melancholy:
No, no! go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolfs-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kissd
By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrows mysteries;
For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.
Its a common misconception, which the Romantics may have encouraged inadvertently, that all these toxins kill you by sending you into a nice sleep. They dont, usually. Most poisons that kill you do not cause you to doze pleasantly as you expire. You are likely to be wide awake, and suffering. People make this mistake today, Im afraid to say. They take paracetamol thinking itll put them to sleep and instead three days later they find themselves lying in hospital in agony, dying of liver damage.
As for hemlock, this is Conium maculatum, a leafy shrub containing the neurotoxin coniine. It works similarly to curare. When Socrates took it after being condemned to death, he slowly lost sensation in his body as he died, with numbness starting in his feet and moving upwards through his legs. So Plato describes it in the Phaedo. It doesnt sound quite as bad as aconitum, but still hardly instantaneous: plenty of time to work oneself up into a state of high anxiety.
Any one of those drugs on its would be enough to kill, in the right doses. So perhaps the Queen of the Nile was applying a belt and braces principle. In the same way executioners in the USA employ a barbiturate to knock out the victim, then follow up with other drugs such as potassium to stop the heart dead, even though the barbiturate would be enough to kill the patient on its own.
Its certainly no surprise that Cleopatra was familiar with mind-bending substances. The Egyptians were keen on altering their moods with chemicals. Many cultures used chemicals extracted from plants, which I wouldnt recommend because theyre nearly all horribly toxic and produce little discernible benefit.
Egypt, however, was in the early wave of alcohol producers, perhaps 4,000 years or more before Christ. It may have been that grapes stored in jars started fermenting by accident, someone decided to drink the juice and found themselvesfeeling unaccountably more cheerful than before. The ancient Egyptians also developed techniques of brewing beer by malting barley, making a mush with it, boiling it and then fermenting it. They also had a goddess of beer called Menquet, and Hathor the bull, god of wine, had his own day of devotion, a Day of Intoxication.
The Androgynous Pharaoh? Akhenaten had feminine physique
By ALEX DOMINGUEZ
Associated Press Friday, May 2, 2008 2:30 A.M.
(AP) Akhenaten wasn't the most manly pharaoh, even though he had at least a half dozen children. In fact, his form was quite feminine. And he was a bit of an egghead.
That's the conclusion of a Yale University doctor who analyzed images of Akhenaten for an annual conference at the University of Maryland School of Medicine that discusses what ailed some of history's greatest figures. The female form was due to a genetic mutation that caused his body to convert more male hormones to female hormones than needed. And his head was misshapen due to a condition in which skull bones fuse at an early age.
Akhenaten had "an androgynous appearance. He had a female physique with wide hips and breasts, but he was male and he was fertile and he had six daughters," said the Yale professor, Dr. Irwin Braverman. "But nevertheless, he looked like he had a female physique."
Braverman is well acquainted with sizing up the health of individuals based on portraits, teaching a class at Yale's medical school that uses paintings from the university's Center for British Art to teach observation skills to first-year students. For his study of Akhenaten, he used statuary and carvings.
Akhenaten (ah-keh-NAH-ten), who is best known for advocating monotheism, reigned in the mid-1300s B.C. He was married to Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, may have been his brother or son.
Egyptologist and archaeologist Donald B. Redford, a professor of classic and ancient Mediterranean studies at Pennsylvania State University, said he has supported the theory that Akhenaten had Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder marked by lengthened features, including fingers and the face. Visiting clinics that treat those with the condition has strengthened that conviction, "but this is very subjective, I must admit," said Redford, who planned to attend Friday's event.
Other conditions proposed for Akhenaten and other members of his line have been Froehlich's syndrome, which causes feminine fat distribution but also sterility. That doesn't fit Akhenaten, who had at least six daughters, Braverman said.
Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic condition that can also cause gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, has also been suggested, but Braverman said he suspects familial gynecomastia, a hereditary condition that leads to the overproduction of estrogen.
The Yale doctor said determining whether he is right can easily be done if Egyptologists can confirm which mummy is Akhenaten's, and if Egyptian government officials agree to DNA analysis.
Braverman hopes his theory will lead them to do just that. "I'm hoping that after we have this conference and I bring this up, maybe the Egyptologists who work on these things all the time, maybe they will be stimulated to look," Braverman said.
Participants at the conference, which is also sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, have diagnosed the probable ills of historic figures since 1995, including Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander the Great, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Florence Nightingale.
COMMENTS (5/6/08): The significance of this report cannot be overstated when one considers the implications of Nostradamus prophesying the birth of a future "androgynous" leader during the period in between World War III and World War IV. Since Jeane Dixon has identifed a future messiah as being born in a desert to a man and woman she compares to Queen Nefertiti and King Akhenaten, this latest report that Akhenaten was androgynous tells us that it is quite likely the androgyn leader of Nostradamus, the child of the woman of Revelation 12, and the future novus dux envisioned by Jeane Dixon must be one and the same:
Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.45 ~
Too much do the heaven weep at the birth of the Androgyn,
Near the heavens human blood is spilled:
Through death too late for a great nation to be rescued,
Soon, yet late, comes the awaited help.
December 25, 2034. Most commentators assume l'Androgyn is some sort of celestial hermaphrodite or extraterrestrial being. More literary-minded interpreters suggest that the word is an approximation of the mythical Greek figure Androgeus, son of Minos of Crete. However, we can be fairly certain this quatrain is about the World War IV-era messianic leader Nostradamus calls Androgyn who shall be born during or just prior to a time of great war and destruction.
If the Great Pyramid prophecy scholar Max Toth is correct, a miraculous sign emblazoned in the night sky will announce his birth to the world on December 25, 2034. Other prophecies by Toth and bible scholars place his birth (or some other significant event regarding the future king) as either October 21, 2039 or November 17, 2041. These latter dates are more consistent with the outbreak of World War IV and, thus, may tie in with the Nostradamus quatrain more accurately. It is unlikely we shall ever truly understand the enigma of these varied datings until the time for their fulfillment draws near.
If the father of this messiah is anything at all like the Aten-worshipping Akhenaten, then he may resemble the boy king Tutankhamen greatly. This is only logical if we follow along with the reasoning above. A very accurate reconstruction of Tut's mummy was done quite recently (above, right) and gives us a good idea what this future leader may look like.
HARDCORE MARILYN: FBI'S MONROE SEX FLICK SOLD FOR $1.5M
By HASANI GITTENS
New York Post
Monday, April 14, 2008 09:50 PM EDT
Some really like it hot.
In the sordid tradition of peddling raunchy video footage of celebrities a la Paris Hilton, a long-buried sex movie of Marilyn Monroe recently hit the market, a top collector told The Post.
An illicit copy of the steamy, still-FBI-classified reel - 15 minutes of 16mm film footage in which the original blond bombshell performs oral sex on an unidentified man - was just sold to a New York businessman for $1.5 million, said Keya Morgan, the well-known memorabilia collector who discovered the film and brokered its purchase.
The footage appears to have been shot in the 1950s. When it came to light in the mid-'60s, then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had his agents spend two weeks futilely trying to prove that Monroe's sex partner was either John F. Kennedy or Robert F. Kennedy, according to declassified agency documents and interviews, Morgan said.
The silent black-and-white flick shows Monroe on her knees in front of a man whose face is just out of the shot. He never moves into the shot, indicating that he knew the camera was there, but Monroe never looks at the lens, said Morgan, who saw the footage.
Morgan said he discovered the film while doing research for a documentary on Monroe, after talking with a former FBI agent who told him about a confidential informant who tipped G-men to the existence of the film in the mid-'60s. The feds eventually confiscated the original footage - but not before the informant made a copy of it, which is what was just sold by his son, Morgan said.
There are heavily redacted, declassified FBI documents talking about a "French-type" film. They state the informant "exhibited [to agents] a motion picture which depicted deceased actress Marilyn Monroe committing a perverted act upon a unknown male," Morgan said.
The informant was with at least one mobster at the time, the documents state. According to the documents, "Former baseball star Joseph DiMaggio in the past had offered [the informant] $25,000 for this film, it being the only one in existence, but he refused the offer. "Source advised that [redacted name of the mole] informed them that he had obtained this film prior to the time Marilyn Monroe had achieved stardom."
Morgan said he got the deceased informant's name from the former FBI agent who tipped him off to the flick - and was floored after he found the mole's son in Washington, DC, and the man retrieved a film canister from a safe-deposit box and spooled it up.
"You see instantly that it's Marilyn Monroe - she has the famous mole," Morgan said. "She's smiling, she's very charming, she's very radiant, but she's known for being radiant," he said. "She moves away, and then it [the footage] stops."
Last month, he brokered its sale, leading the informant's son to a wealthy New York businessman who wants to keep this unseemly part of Monroe's past buried. "He said he's just going to lock it up," Morgan said. "He said, 'I'm not going to make a Paris Hilton out of her. I'm not going to sell it, out of respect.' "
Pop stars pay tribute to Princess Diana
Mon Jul 2, 2007 6:52 AM IST
By Paul Majendie and Mike Collett-White
LONDON (Reuters) - An international lineup of pop stars paid tribute to Princess Diana on Sunday at a marathon memorial concert watched by her sons William and Harry and a crowd of 60,000 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Elton John, friend of the princess who sang at her funeral, opened with "Your Song" in front of giant photographs of Diana taken by Mario Testino that were beamed on to the stage backdrop, and closed proceedings more than six hours later.
In between came Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry, The Feeling, Fergie, Kanye West, Sean "Diddy" Combs with "I'll Be Missing You", Orson, Lily Allen, crowd pleasers Take That, Pharrell Williams and Diana favourite The English
Sunday would have been Diana's 46th birthday.
Her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997 provoked an unprecedented outpouring of grief from the normally reserved British, reflecting their love of the royal dubbed the "queen of hearts" who was one of the world's most photographed women.
Welsh crooner Tom Jones showed he could still rock at 67, getting the crowd, and the princes, to their feet with "Kiss", and Rod Stewart, at 62, had the audience waving and singing along to "Sailing".
The princes, who danced and joined a Mexican wave during the concert, organised the event to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother's death and celebrate her charity work, which they felt had been forgotten amid negative press.
"For us this has been the most perfect way of remembering her and this is how she would want to be remembered," William, 25, said at the end of the gig, to loud applause.
Fans at the newly refurbished Wembley stadium, touched by sunshine after days of rain, shared memories of the princess. "I camped out in London for her funeral, so I really wanted to be here today. She was a caring person who always thought of others," said Julie Rocks.
HARRY'S TRIBUTE TO TROOPS
Actor Kiefer Sutherland, one of several celebrity presenters along with Dennis Hopper, and sports heros John McEnroe and David Beckham, called Diana a "great icon of giving".
Harry, 22, mentioned his fellow soldiers serving in Iraq. The third in line to the throne had been due to be deployed in Basra this year, but military commanders decided against sending him there, deeming it too dangerous. "I wish I was there with you. I'm sorry I can't be ... stay safe," he said.
Security at the concert was heightened after two car bombs were found on Friday in central London and two men rammed a four-wheel-drive vehicle into Glasgow airport on Saturday. The event also faced competition in a packed pop calendar with fans still scraping mud off after the rain-sodden Glastonbury Festival and Al Gore staging "Live Earth" concerts on July 7 around the world to highlight the climate crisis.
The show, interspersed with video clips from charities Diana supported and footage of her as a child, was broadcast to around 140 countries with a potential audience of 500 million people.
William's ex-girlfriend Kate Middleton was in the audience, amid speculation the couple may have resumed their relationship.
Harry was joined by girlfriend Chelsy Davy, and also in the crowd was Diana's brother Charles Spencer, who gave the oration at her funeral which included a bitter tirade against the media.
Visitors to Britain may find they are caught up in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, writes Rob Dunlop.
July 1, 2007
Summer in London this year will be a summer of commemoration for Diana, Princess of Wales. There will be no escaping the outpouring of images, memorabilia, tributes, memorial services and more grief to mark the 10th anniversary of her passing.
On two occasions, during the first and ninth anniversary, quite by accident, I have found myself immersed in the grieving. But I daren't share this serendipity with the mourners who have travelled the world over to congregate at Diana's former residence, Kensington Palace, to fix photos and personal tributes to the gates.
One elderly woman asked, "How far have you come?"
"God bless you," she said.
It is utterly fascinating and moving to be part of a phenomenon so huge that the world has struggled to comprehend it. More than 2 billion watched the funeral on TV. It's powerful stuff. And emotional.
Polished tributes, school project style placards, and imitation flowers adorn the gates with a mixture of personal, accusatory and bitter messages. Fresh flowers also arrive regularly. As they do in front of Harrods, the lavish department store owned by the father of Diana's boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, who also died in the car crash in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.
While the official private service will take place on August 31 in the Guards' Chapel in Wellington Barracks, London (to be broadcast by the BBC), there are plenty of places where the Princess' people can pause to reflect.
National Portrait Gallery
A display of photographs and more photographs of the world's most photographed woman. The exhibition captures Diana's public and private moments and includes formal portraits by Lord Lichfield, Terence Donovan and David Bailey.St Martin's Place, London, open Saturday to Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-9pm, July 14 to October. Free. http://www.npg.org.uk
The official residence of Princess Diana has become the main unofficial grieving spot. This was the location of that surreal sea of flowers spread deep into the park.
British patriotism is usually on full display in the form of Union Jacks, people dressed in Union Jack clothing, and hiding from the afternoon sun in pitched Union Jack tents. You can easily strike up conversations and spend hours looking at photographs, poems, letters and personal interpretations of the tragic event. Off High Street, Kensington. www.royal.gov.uk/output/page563.asp
Diana Memorial Walk
On an 11-kilometre winding, figure-ofeight path through four of London's Royal parks - Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park - plaques embedded into the walkway direct walkers to palaces, mansions, fountains, a playground and Diana's favourite parts of the parks. They include the Serpentine and the Peter Pan statue. Individual park maps can be downloaded from the Royal Parks website: www.royalparks.org.uk
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
This large, flat, sprawling sculpture of granite cascades water in different directions into a reflection pool. Visitors dangle their feet in the water, or sit on the grassed areas to contemplate a world without Diana. Hyde Park, open every day 10am-8pm during summer. Free. www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens
Memorial Playground Near Kensington Palace is the original playground site provided by the author J. M. Barrie, of Peter Pan fame, which has now been transformed into a memorial to Diana, but still retains its original theme with a huge pirate ship, beach and activities for kids. Kensington Gardens, open 10am-7.45pm during summer. Free. www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens
Head to "the world's most famous department store", Harrods, to see how Mohamed Al-Fayed commemorates the 10th anniversary of the loss of his son, Dodi, and Diana. There is usually a dedicated window along Brompton Road with flowers and photos of the couple; and a steady stream of bouquets from mourners are delivered to the footpath below. Brompton Road, Knightsbridge. www.harrods.com
The official resting place of Diana is 90 minutes from London. Althorp, a 5600-hectare estate in Northamptonshire, is the residence of the Spencer family and is known for its furniture and art collections. Diana's grave is on a small island in an ornamental lake on the property. She lies there in a black designer dress holding rosary beads from Mother Teresa. A special free event is being held on August 31. Althorp, Northamptonshire. Open 11am to 5pm, July 2-September 2. Entry 㾸.50. http://www.althorp.com
Concert for Diana
The sold-out memorial concert takes place today, which would have been Diana's 46th birthday. Princes William and Harry will host the event featuring their mother's favourite artists, who include Elton John, Duran Duran and the English National Ballet. The event will be held in the new Wembley Stadium and will be broadcast around the world. www.concertfordiana.com
- The Sunday Age
Angelina Jolie's Diana Inspiration
Jul 1, 2007 - World Entertainment News Network
Angelina Jolie cites late British royal Diana, Princess Of Wales for inspiring her charity work.
The 32-year-old actress, who became involved in human rights activism after filming a movie in formerly war-stricken Cambodia in 2001, hopes to mirror the Princess' efforts in her quest to help heal the world.
The Mr + Mrs Smith beauty says, "Diana inspired me immensely. I followed the work she undertook very closely, especially the issue of landmines".
"It was fascinating that she chose that cause. No matter what I do, I always want to go to refugee camps and meet with the most unfortunate. I have found it a privilege - a way of making me feel alive."
Exhibit Honoring Diana Opens in London
The Associated Press
Friday, June 29, 2007; 9:38 PM
LONDON -- An exhibit of photographs, film footage and other memorabilia from the life of Diana, Princess of Wales will go on display Saturday at the palace where she lived.
Called "Diana: A Princess Remembered," the exhibit is the largest collection of images of the princess to date, organizers said. It opens with a photograph of the princess as a toddler and follows her through her marriage to Prince Charles. Diana died in August, 1997, after the car in which she was a passenger crashed in a Paris tunnel.
A visitor views pictures, reflected in a mirrored surface, of late Princess Diana, made by photographer Mario Testino, at Kensington Palace in central London, Friday June 29, 2007. 'A Princess Remembered', a commemorative audiovisual exhibition celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales officially opens at her former home, Kensington Palace, on June 30. Marking Diana's life as princess, mother, fashion icon and humanitarian, the exhibition features over two hundred photographs, alongside memorable film footage. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Lefteris Pitarakis - AP)
The exhibit, at Kensington Palace, opens on the eve of what would have been the princess' 46th birthday and just two months before the 10th anniversary of her death.
Exhibitions featuring Diana have been held at Kensington Palace in the past, including a collection of her dresses and photographs from her famous photo shoot with fashion photographer Mario Testino. "This is a more formal exhibition," said Sarah Watson, spokeswoman for Historic Royal Palaces, which is organizing the show. "It brings together previous exhibits and tells the story of her life."
The exhibition focuses on four themes: Diana the princess, Diana the mother, Diana the fashion icon and Diana the humanitarian. Video interviews with various people who worked with the princess are also featured.
Visitors can see the exhibition from July 30 through the beginning of January 2008. Entry to the exhibit is included in the admission price to Kensington Palace.
FBI file links Kennedy to Monroe's death
March 17, 2007
For four decades there have been rumours that Marilyn Monroe's death was not a simple suicide. Now a Los Angeles-based Australian writer and director, Philippe Mora, has uncovered an FBI document that throws up a chilling new scenario.
The screen legend Marilyn Monroe...the FBI report says she "expected to have her stomach pumped out and get sympathy for her suicide attempt", but it suggests she was left to die.
BOBBY KENNEDY'S affair with the screen idol Marilyn Monroe has been documented, but a secret FBI file suggests the late US attorney-general was aware of - and perhaps even a participant in - a plan "to induce" her suicide.
The detailed three-page report implicates the Hollywood actor Peter Lawford, Monroe's psychiatrist, staff and her publicist in the plot.
The allegations suggest the 36-year-old actress, who had a history of staging attention-seeking suicide attempts, was deliberately given the means to fake another suicide on August 4, 1962.
But this time, it is suggested, she was allowed to die as she sought help.
The document, hidden among thousands of pages released under freedom-of-information laws last October, was received by the FBI on October 19, 1964 - two years after her death - and titled simply "ROBERT F KENNEDY".
It was compiled by an unnamed former special agent working for the then Democrat governor of California, Pat Brown, and forwarded to Washington by Curtis Lynum, then head of the San Francisco FBI. Despite a disclaimer that it could not be sourced or authenticated, it was considered important enough to immediately circulate to the FBI's five most senior officers, including director J. Edgar Hoover's right-hand man, Clyde Tolson.
The report was in effect buried for decades as a classified document, and even the released version contains censored sections. Never before mentioned despite thousands of articles, books and documentaries about her death, it details aspects of Kennedy's on-and-off affair with the movie star, including sex parties and a lesbian dalliance, as well as her emotional departure from 20th Century Fox and descent into depression.
Critically, it raises an alleged conspiracy, apparently overseen by Lawford, for Monroe to unwittingly commit suicide with the drug Seconal, a barbiturate used to treat insomnia and relieve anxiety. The document gives no precise reason why she would be killed but hints it may be linked to her threats to make public her affair with Kennedy, as other conspiracy theories have previously claimed. It states in part: "Peter Lawford, [censored words blacked out] knew from Marilyn's friends that she often made suicide attempts and that she was inclined to fake a suicide attempt in order to arouse sympathy.
"Lawford is reported as having made 'special arrangements' with Marilyn's psychiatrist, Dr Ralph Greenson, from Beverley Hills. The psychiatrist was treating Marilyn for emotional problems and getting her off the use of barbiturates.
On her last visit to him he prescribed Seconal tablets and gave her a prescription for 60 of them, which was unusual in quantity especially since he saw her frequently. On the date of her death her housekeeper put the bottle of pills on the night table. It is reported that the housekeeper and Marilyn's personal secretary and press agent, Pat Newcomb, were co-operating in the plan to induce suicide."
It goes on to say that on the same day, Kennedy had booked out of the Beverley Hills Hotel and flown to San Francisco where he booked into the St Charles Hotel, owned by a friend. "Robert Kennedy made a telephone call from St Charles Hotel, San Francisco, to Peter Lawford to find out if Marilyn was dead yet." Lawford called and spoke to Monroe "then checked again later to make sure she did not answer". The document claims the housekeeper, Eunice Murray, who had been hired by the actress on the advice of Dr Greenson, then called the psychiatrist.
"Marilyn expected to have her stomach pumped out and get sympathy for her suicide attempt. The psychiatrist left word for Marilyn to take a drive in the fresh air but did not come to see her until after she was known to be dead."
Officially, the actress was found by Murray in the early hours of August 5, naked on her bed lying on top of her telephone. The others are now dead, too. The FBI report says Kennedy had promised Monroe he would divorce his wife and marry her, but the actress eventually realised he had no intention of doing so.
About this time, he had told her not to worry about 20th Century Fox cancelling her contract - "he would take care of everything". When nothing happened, she called him at work and they had "unpleasant words. She was reported to have threatened to make public their affair."
Hoover, keeper of America's secrets, was obsessed with the private life of celebrities, particularly those with leftist leanings. The files show the FBI tracked Monroe from the Cold War mid-1950s to her death in 1962, but particularly after she met and married the playwright Arthur Miller, who was being watched as a possible communist.
COMMENTS (3/20/07): If this report is correct, and I suspect that at last we have a document that can stand up in any court, then Robert F. Kennedy got what he deserved in June 1968. If his brother, President John F. Kennedy, had any knowledge of this plot and gave his approval, he too got what he deserved in November 1963.
For all we know the conspired plot to kill actress Marilyn Monroe, if both JFK and RFK were indeed implicated, may have reflected so badly on the Kennedy administration had word of it leaked out to the media, or any future Kennedy administration under RFK, that it may have been the real reason behind both assassinations. If so, both Sirhan Sirhan and Lee Harvey Oswald may have been working directly for the FBI under the instructions of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, or else they were innocent patsies. Hoover then reportedly hid all the documentation related to this case, including this October 19, 1964 report, hopefully not to be seen until at least the year 2020, if ever.
One can understand now why the US government wanted to keep this a secret until well into the 21st Century: a scandal of this magnitude breaking in the 1960s would have destroyed all public faith in the office of the president, in the American system of government, and also would have empowered millions of disillusioned citizens to take action against the leadership in order to bring an end to the war in Vietnam.
History books would look very different today if the truth had ever gotten out.
Diana inquest: Royals on the stand?
POSTED: 0018 GMT (0818 HKT), March 4, 2007
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The judge investigating Princess Diana's death looks set on Monday to decide who will be witnesses at the inquest, raising the extraordinary possibility of the British royal family being summoned to the stand.
Mohamed al Fayed, whose son Dodi died alongside Diana in a Paris car crash 10 years ago, wants to call Diana's ex-husband Prince Charles and her ex-father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh as witnesses.
The multimillionaire owner of the luxury Harrods department store, who is convinced the couple were murdered, won a major legal challenge last week when London's High Court ruled that the inquest should be heard before a jury.
A three-year British police investigation ruled at the end of last year that the crash was an accident and not part of an elaborate murder plot as Fayed claims.
The British inquiry backed a French probe which concluded that the driver, a Fayed employee, was to blame because he was drunk, under the influence of anti-depressants and driving too fast. Fayed has rejected both British and French findings.
At Monday's pre-inquest hearing, coroner Elizabeth Butler-Sloss will be deciding the venue for the inquest, how the jury is picked and what witnesses will be called.
Lawyers for the royal family are expected to strongly resist any calls for Charles and his father to be called.
If they do have to take the stand at the inquest due to start in May, that could rival the media frenzy that surrounded the trials in the United States of Michael Jackson and O.J. Simpson.
Fayed said in a statement after last week's ruling, "The jury must now be allowed to hear the entirety of the evidence but I fear there will be attempts to keep it from them. If so, that will be yet another battle I will have to fight." But he could still have his day in court creating political dynamite after the London High court ruling.
Appeal court judge Janet Smith, handing out the ruling, said: "Mr Al Fayed has alleged that the Duke of Edinburgh and the Security Services conspired to kill the princess and Dodi Al Fayed. The allegation must be inquired into," she said.
Diana, 36, Dodi, 42, and their chauffeur Henri Paul were killed when their Mercedes limousine smashed at high speed into a pillar in a Paris road tunnel as they sped away from the Ritz Hotel, pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes.
Diana's children, Princes William and Harry had expressed the hope that the long-awaited inquest would be "open, fair and transparent" and completed as fast as possible.
Under British law an inquest is needed to formally determine the cause of death when someone dies unnaturally.
Al Fayed begins challenge on Paris crash
February 20 2007 at 01:43AM
London - The father of Princess Diana's lover on Monday launched a legal challenge against the decision not to hold inquests into their deaths in a Paris car crash almost 10 years ago in front of a jury.
Egyptian-born Mohamed al Fayed, owner of luxury London department store Harrods, wants to overturn a ruling by Britain's former top woman judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss last month to handle the official inquiries on her own.
Diana, 36, Fayed's son Dodi, 42, and their chauffeur Henri Paul were killed when their Mercedes limousine smashed at high speed into a pillar in a Paris road tunnel as they sped away from the Ritz Hotel, pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes.
A three-year British police investigation ruled at the end of last year that the crash was an accident and not part of an elaborate murder plot as Fayed claims.
The British inquiry backed a French probe which concluded that the driver was to blame because he was drunk, under the influence of anti-depressants and driving too fast.
Under British law an inquest is needed to formally determine the cause of death when someone dies unnaturally.
Butler-Sloss decided it would be inappropriate to hold the inquests, scheduled from May, in front of a jury made up of ordinary members of the public saying only a coroner could give a "careful and fully reasoned decision".
On Monday, Fayed, together with the Ritz Hotel and Paul's parents, attempted to reverse that decision at a judicial review held at London's High Court.
Michael Beloff, lawyer for the Ritz, argued that, for intricate legal reasons, Butler-Sloss had no jurisdiction to sit on the case or had to consider it with a jury.
"If she can, she ought not sit, and if she sits she must sit with a jury," he told the court.
Interest in the "People's Princess" Diana - divorced from heir to the British throne Prince Charles and once the world's most photographed woman - remains high.
A host of conspiracy theories has flourished, suggesting the couple were murdered because their relationship embarrassed Britain's royal family.
Diana's children, Princes William and Harry, who are eager to put the speculation behind them, have expressed the hope that the long-awaited inquest will be "open, fair and transparent" and completed as fast as possible.
But as he entered court on Monday, Fayed said he would "never give up" until he had justice.
"I just want to find the truth - who murdered my son," he told reporters.
"Do you think it is fair that I suffered for 10 years to find the truth and now again the new coroner says 'no jury'.
"Why? Because they know they are hiding something they don't want to be in front of the ordinary people of this country."
My God - Diana's last words before dying
By Jo Knowsley in London
December 26, 2006 12:47am
DRAMATIC details of the last hours of Princess Diana's life and her final words have been revealed for the first time.
Lord Stevens' British report into her death on August 31, 1997, provides traumatic details of the desperate efforts to save her after the Paris car crash.
The 36-year-old Princess became agitated as she realised the full horror of the situation - but then seemed to briefly regain consciousness to groan: "My God." French police officer Sebastien Dorzee arrived at the scene with a colleague about 12.30am and described to the Stevens inquiry how he found the Princess.
"Blood was coming out of her mouth and nose," he said. "You could see a deep wound to her forehead ... her head was between the two front seats, facing sideways and she could see her boyfriend just in front of her.
"She moved, her eyes were open, speaking to me in a foreign language. I think she said 'My God' on seeing her boyfriend dying. At the same time, she was rubbing her stomach. She must have been in pain.
"She turned her head towards the front of the car, saw the driver and then I think she had an even better realisation of what was happening.
"She became agitated. A few seconds later she looked at me. Then she put her head down again and closed her eyes."
Two minutes later paramedic Xavier Gourmelon treated Diana and recalled her saying: "My God, what's happened?"
The Stevens report also reveals details of the involvement of Dr Frederic Mailliez, who was one of the first people at the crash scene.
The doctor was off-duty at the time of the crash and was the first to try to give treatment to the fatally injured princess. He made an emergency telephone call to Sapeurs-Pompiers hospital and then began to treat her. "I went back to the car and gave first aid, which consisted of helping the young woman, who I had not recognised, with her breathing," he said. "The young woman was unconscious. She was groaning."
But he said attempts to help her breathing by trying to place an "ambu balloon" on her face were futile. "She would not accept it," he said. "I noted her pulse was weak and rapid."
The dossier reveals for the first time that photographs were taken by emergency services at the scene. Officers involved in the Stevens inquiry were shown previously unseen images of the removal of the Princess of Wales from the vehicle and her medical treatment before she was placed in an ambulance.
There were also pictures of Dodi Fayed receiving medical treatment at the roadside.
But French authorities told the British investigation these pictures were destroyed on May 26, 2005, during their investigation.
There was no other explanation than this was "in line with French procedure".
The Stevens dossier also reveals, in great clarity, that not only was driver Henri Paul drunk at the time of the crash but he had been aware for some time that he was developing a drinking problem.
His doctor Dominique Melo told the inquiry that he had prescribed medicines to assist the 41-year-old defeat what he felt was a growing dependence on alcohol.
He said Mr Paul had revealed feelings of loneliness and isolation which led him to drink outside a social context, namely alone at home. That worried him. "He was afraid he was becoming dependent and was anxious about not being able to manage this on his own," Dr Melo said.
Found: The mystery white Fiat Uno driver in Diana death crash
By DENNIS RICE
The Daily Mail
23 Dec 2006 21:15pm
Exclusive: Mail on Sunday tracks down the missing man in Diana death crash... the only witness identified but not named by Lord Stevens in his report
The father of a man who was driving a white Fiat Uno in Paris the night Princess Diana was killed has sensationally admitted his son had the car painted red just hours after the fatal crash and revealed his suspicions that his son was involved.
Le Van Thanh was questioned by French detectives in 1997 after forensic experts established the white paint on his car matched that found on the wreckage of the Mercedes Diana was travelling in.
At the time, the Paris Criminal Brigade, which led the investigation into the crash that also killed her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul, ruled out Vietnamese-born Le Van because they found no evidence he had replaced a rear tail light - the remains of a Fiat Uno light were found at the crash scene.
But this month's report by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens singled out - but did not name - Le Van as the Fiat Uno driver most likely to have fled the Alma Tunnel on August 31, 1997, after colliding with the Mercedes seconds before it crashed into a concrete pillar.
British scientists commissioned by Scotland Yard's Operation Paget inquiry re-examined forensic evidence collected by French police and contradicted their findings, suggesting Le Van, 31, should not have been eliminated from inquiries.
Following publication of the 833-page dossier, which dismissed conspiracy theories that Diana was murdered and the driver of the Fiat Uno was part of the assassination plot, a Mail on Sunday investigation in Paris has dramatically shed new light on the mystery surrounding the car eyewitnesses reported seeing in the tunnel.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Le Van admits he was driving his car in Paris on the night Diana was killed and, in an exclusive interview, his father Francois has provided the most compelling evidence yet that his son was involved in the crash and took part in a cover-up after fleeing the scene.
He recalls Le Van, then 22, returning home from his job as a night-time security guard in a frightened and bewildered state but unwilling to tell his father what was troubling him.
Instead, he had a whispered conversation with his brother Dung, who worked as a mechanic, which culminated in the brothers rushing off in the middle of the night to radically alter the appearance of Le Van's 15-year-old car. During the next two hours, and with no one else around, the brothers resprayed the white Fiat a bright red.
Breaking a nine-year silence, Francois said: "I do not want to believe that Le Van was in the tunnel that night but I know as a father that he has said things which just do not add up.
"He behaved very strangely at the time and has behaved strangely since.
"Dung helped with the respray of the car but he will not talk to me about it. What I do know is that the Fiat was resprayed very soon after the crash that killed your Princess - only a few hours later.
"Police became involved and everything became very serious afterwards."
When the black Mercedes was examined by French forensic scientists, they found scrapings on the right rear wing of the white paint from the Fiat Uno it struck moments before it crashed.
Analysis subsequently showed that it was most compatible with the Bianco Corfu 224 paint scheme used by Fiat on its Unos between 1983 and September 1987.
This immediately excluded French paparazzi James Andanson, whom Mohamed Al Fayed named as an assassin, because his nine-year-old vehicle was first registered in 1988, a year after Fiat stopped using Bianco Corfu 224.
The Paris Criminal Brigade, however, continued to investigate Andanson - and the Operation Paget report has also pointed out that the Bianco 210 paint on his car was almost indistinguishable from Bianco Corfu 224.
However, inquiries about Andanson ended when it was established that his Fiat Uno was off the road at the time - resting on bricks at his home 170 miles away from Paris.
In his report, Lord Stevens dismissed suggestions Andanson had been part of a murder plot against Princess Diana by pointing out that if he had been, he would hardly have used a vehicle registered in his own name. French police tracked down more than 4,000 white Unos before narrowing the possibilities down to just two - one belonging to Andanson, the other to Le Van.
Le Van told detectives the respray had been done a few hours before the crash, on the afternoon of Saturday, August 30. He was allowed to go free after six hours of questioning - despite the white paint underneath matching that found on the wrecked Mercedes.
In his report, Lord Stevens wrote: "The French experts ruled the car out because they could find no trace of damage at the likely point of impact and the rear light fittings showed a date of manufacture which matched the vehicle." But Lord Stevens suggested the driver could simply have bought a second-hand light. Crucially, Le Van's brother was a mechanic and there was also a two-month gap between the crash and interviewing him - ample time to find an ideal replacement.
The Stevens report also says the Operation Paget team spoke to a friend of Le Van who said the respray took place after the crash - conflicting with what Le Van told them in a brief phone conversation.
Le Van also told French investigators that he could not have been at the Alma Tunnel at the time of the crash because he was working as a security guard at a Renault factory in Gennevilliers, just outside Paris, between 7pm and 7am. But although he gave police the address of the car plant, his family say neither the French nor British police spoke to colleagues to verify his alibi.
he crash also occurred almost half- way through his shift - when he would have been entitled to a break, with his father's home just a short ride away.
Tellingly, he also admitted to detectives that he had his muzzled rottweiler in the rear of his car - eyewitnesses to the devastation in the tunnel described the Fiat Uno as having a large dog wearing a muzzle or bandana in the back.
Parisians Georges and Sabine Dauzonne are quoted in the report saying they joined the westbound carriageway of the embankment expressway after the Alma underpass and saw a white Fiat Uno driving erratically as it emerged from the tunnel.
Mr Dauzonne said: "I noticed that the car was zigzagging as it came out of the tunnel, so that it almost touched my left-hand side as we were travelling side-by-side.
"I said to myself, the driver must be drunk and I was afraid he would hit me, so I sounded my horn.
"The man, who was adjusting his rear-view mirror, slowed down enough for me to overtake him.
"I had the impression he was going to reverse because he was paying so much attention to his rear-view mirror.
"A large dog was on the rear seat and, although it was sitting, I could see its head.
"It must have been an Alsatian or a black Labrador, wearing an orange muzzle or bandana."
When French police finished their investigation, they had not established the identity of the Uno driver. Had they found him, he would almost certainly have been charged, as it is an offence in France to leave the scene of a crash.
Lord Stevens spent nearly three years researching the crash, and it is possible that more of his findings about the Uno will feature in the inquest into Diana's death when it opens next month. Establishing the cause of the crash was not his remit - his report dealt only with allegations made by Mohamed Al Fayed that there had been a conspiracy to murder the Princess and his son.
But it is understood Lord Stevens has sent a 5,000-page report to Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the judge who will preside over the inquest, and that it includes more information about the involvement of the Uno.
His published report gives the names of dozens of witnesses and other parties. Bizarrely, Le Van is the only person referred to but not named - Lord Stevens simply calls him "the second Fiat Uno driver".
Asked why the report did not name Le Van, a Met spokeswoman said: "There is nothing sinister about it - it was just not considered relevant. Our focus was on the actual car."
Of Le Van himself, she said: "We spoke to him but he was not interviewed." Asked to explain, she added: "An interview means sitting someone down and recording what they have to say, and taking a formal statement."
The explanation encapsulates the problem Lord Stevens faced throughout his investigation - despite getting extensive co-operation, his team had no power in France to compel witnesses to be interviewed.
Le Van himself is not keen on seeing anyone. Traced by The Mail on Sunday last week, he said the crash had ruined his life - an odd statement, given that he has vehemently denied ever being there. Now working as a Paris taxi driver, he said: "All kinds of things have happened over the past nine years and I just want the whole thing to go away. "I am a father with children now and have had enough of this saga."
Asked about the night of the crash, he replied: "I don't want to say exactly what happened. "It would cause too many complications. The police have been involved and so have many other powerful people. They have tried to get me to help them, but this is not my job."
After Le Van Thanh's release, private detectives employed by Mr Al Fayed repeatedly tried to contact him - but according to the Harrods owner's own website he refused even to return their calls.
Since Le Van had no connection with the security services or the slightest motive to murder Diana or Dodi, he was dismissed by conspiracy theorists from being the Fiat Uno driver that night.
Mr Al Fayed claims MI6 bought a second-hand Fiat Uno and used it to collide with the Mercedes, then completely destroyed all traces of the car afterwards. Having rubbished the conspiracy theory, Lord Stevens has thrust Le Van back into the spotlight - not a place he wants to be. "Everything happened many years ago and should be forgotten," he said.
"The experience has been hell for me. It almost ruined my life, but I have been strong and pulled through.
"My family and friends have been badly affected. It has to stop now, but I fear that it never will."
Church of England Offers Special Prayer for Princess Diana
by Anne Thomas
Friday, December 15, 2006, 14:08 (GMT)
The Church of England recently announced plans to offer a special prayer for Britain's late Princess Diana.
It is hoped the prayer will be read by clergy all over Britain on the Sunday nearest to the tenth anniversary of Diana's death, which occurred on 31 August 1997.
A Church figure told Britain's The Daily Mail newspaper, "The idea is that the prayer will be issued by Lambeth Palace, but it will be up to individual dioceses and parishes to use it. Reconciliation will be the theme."
A Concert for Diana, for which tickets sold out within minutes, was organised by Princes William and Harry to celebrate their mothers life. It will take place at Wembley Stadium on 1 July 2007.
The Leprosy Mission, an international Christian organisation, will benefit from some of the proceeds of the concert.
From 1990 until her death in 1997, Princess Diana was Patron of The Leprosy Mission. Recognising that the stigma associated with leprosy was ill-founded, she tried to dispel the myths surrounding the disease by visiting hospitals and touching patients.
"We (Prince Harry) both wanted to put our stamp on it. We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted. So therefore the church service alone isn't enough. We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness, which I know she would have wanted," Prince William said.
In other news, The Leprosy Mission is calling on Christians up and down the country to get involved with next years World Leprosy Day on 28 January 2007. The last Sunday in January has been set aside since 1954 to spread the message that leprosy still exists.
Report Finds Diana's Death Wasn't Murder
My Way News
Dec 14, 5:06 PM (ET)
LONDON (AP) - A sweeping police inquiry on Thursday ruled out a murder conspiracy in Princess Diana's death, saying the chauffeur in the 1997 car crash was drunk and driving at a high speed to elude pursuing photographers.
The report also said Diana was not pregnant at the time of the crash in Paris, nor was she about to marry her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, who was also killed.
Lord John Stevens, the former chief of the Metropolitan Police who oversaw the investigation, said police took the unusual step of publishing more than 800 pages of the three-year, $7.3 million inquiry's findings to help end the speculation that has swirled since Diana's death.
"Our conclusion is that, on all the evidence available at this time, there was no conspiracy to murder any of the occupants of the car. This was a tragic accident," Stevens said.
"There was no conspiracy, and no cover-up," he added.
Stevens said he hoped the report, which largely confirmed previous findings by French investigators, would "help bring closure to all who continue to mourn." The front page of London's Evening Standard dubbed his report "The Diana Verdict."
Diana, 36, and Fayed, 42, were killed along with chauffeur Henri Paul when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. The only survivor, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was badly hurt.
The inquiry said samples taken from Paul showed his blood-alcohol level was twice the British legal limit.
"We know that the car traveled at excessive speed during the final part of the journey while being followed by the paparazzi," Stevens said. "We can say with certainty that the car hit the curb just before the 13th pillar of the central reservation in the Alma underpass at a speed of 61 to 63 mph."
Fayed's father, Mohammed al Fayed, rejected the report, calling it "garbage." He claims the couple was killed in a conspiracy plotted by the establishment, including Prince Philip - husband of Queen Elizabeth II - and British intelligence agencies.
The establishment "can cover up anything and they think that the public can be duped," al Fayed, owner of Harrods department store, said at a news conference after the report was released.
Al Fayed said Diana "conveyed to me all her suffering, all the devastation of threats she have in her life in the last 20 years she was living in the royal family environment." When contacted by investigators, "Philip saw no reason to comment on any of these claims," the report said.
The report rejected al Fayed's claims that Diana was pregnant with his son's child and intended to marry him. "We are certain that the Princess of Wales was not pregnant at the time of her death," Stevens said. "Our conclusions were strengthened by forensic tests carried out on blood recovered from the Mercedes car.
"From the evidence of her close friends and associates, she was not engaged and not about to get engaged," Stevens said.
Stevens said he had interviewed Prince Charles, Diana's former husband, and communicated with Philip, Charles' father, and Prince William, Diana's elder son. "I have seen nothing that would justify further inquiries with any member of the royal family," he said.
Diana's sons endorsed the findings. Princes William and Harry "trust that these conclusive findings will end the speculation surrounding the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales," according to a statement from Clarence House, their father's office.
Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, and her sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, also supported Stevens' findings.
A poll commissioned by the BBC, released this month, found that 31 percent of the sample believed the deaths were not an accident, while 43 percent believed they were. The poll of 1,000 adults had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The U.S. National Security Agency said Tuesday it had 39 classified documents containing references to Diana, but that the agency never targeted her communications. Stevens said U.S. officials assured him that secretly recorded conversations in their possession shed no new light on her death.
The investigation also found no evidence that the British Secret Intelligence Service was conducting surveillance on the princess, the report said.
The publication of the report will allow an inquest into Diana's death to get under way. The inquest, convened and then swiftly adjourned in 2004, is due to resume formally next year under a retired senior judge, Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss. Preliminary hearings will be held Jan. 8-9.
NZ scientist disputes Diana accident findings
11 December 2006
Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has an ally in New Zealand scientist Jim Sprott over the death of his son Dodi and Princess Diana.
Princess Diana, Dodi and their French driver Henri Paul died in 1997 when their car hit a pillar in a Paris underpass.
Results of a three-year investigation into the crash and conspiracy theories surrounding it are due to be released this week. It is expected to conclude that the crash was a tragic accident and that Paul was drunk behind the wheel.
Mr al Fayed has repeatedly said Diana and his son were murdered as their relationship was embarrassing to the Royal family.
He and Paul's parents said the driver was sober. They have suggested blood tests might have been swapped to pin the blame on him. That has been refuted by French police, who retested samples to match the DNA with Paul's.
Dr Sprott yesterday wrote to Mr Al Fayed to reiterate his belief that blood alcohol analyses carried out on a person who has suffered a violent death is unreliable. "It is well known that post mortem generation of alcohol by microbiological activity can form ethanol (alcohol) from sugars in the blood, and therefore no meaningful evidence can be drawn," he wrote.
Visual evidence of Paul immediately prior to the tragic accident were in marked contrast to the allegations of intoxication, Dr Sprott said.
Dr Sprott wrote to The Royal coroner in 2004 with his findings. British inquest hearings into the deaths of Diana and Dodi are due to begin next month.
A French official said at the weekend both British and French inquests would show Paul was drunk.
Dr Sprott is known for his work in the Arthur Allen Thomas case, where his analysis of a cartridge case helped get Thomas a pardon for the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe. He is also known for his outspoken views on the cause of cot death.
Princess Diana's driver was drunk: BBC
The Sydney Morning Herald
December 9, 2006 - 10:11PM
New DNA evidence proves the driver of Princess Diana's car was drunk on the night of her fatal crash in a Paris underpass in 1997, the BBC reported.
The tests confirm that original post-mortem blood samples were from driver Henri Paul and that he had three times the French legal limit of alcohol in his blood, the BBC said, quoting from a documentary. Paul, Diana, 36, and her lover Dodi Fayed, 42, were killed when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997 while the couple were being followed by media photographers.
Rumours and conspiracy theories continue to swirl around the death of the former wife of Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, despite a French judge's 1999 ruling that the crash was an accident. An investigation later concluded that Paul had been drinking and was driving at high speed.
Conspiracy theorists have claimed that Paul's blood samples were swapped with blood from someone else - who was drunk - and contended that the driver had not been drinking on the night Diana died. An official British report into the crash, to be published on December 14, is expected to find that her death was an accident. British police offered no comment on the BBC report.
The BBC reported that an unidentified source with access to the French investigation had said that, within the past year, French officials took a DNA profile from Paul's blood samples and matched it with his parents' DNA, proving the samples had not been switched.
Professor Andre Lienhart, who reviewed the emergency services' response for the French investigation, told the program, called The Conspiracy Files, that a key factor in the accident was that Diana had not worn a seat belt.
"What is certain is that she was not wearing a seat belt and this made things worse," Lienhart was quoted as saying in extracts screened Saturday. "We would like to think that if she had been wearing a seat belt, we'd have been able to save her."
This week, a former judge who will preside over Diana's British inquest said preliminary hearings will be held in public and not in private, as had been planned, after a protest from Fayed's father Mohammed, who owns Harrods department store.
The inquest, convened and then swiftly adjourned in 2004, is due to formally resume next year. Preliminary hearings will be held January 8-9 at the Royal Courts of Justice.
COMMENT: Henri Paul "the unknown one from Marne"?
Henri Paul may have been the "unknown one from Marne" in Quatrain 10.35. The last two lines of the quatrain read:
"Women's apparel in the temple of Diana: Going to be murdered by the unknown one from Marne."
If the chauffeur, Henri Paul, had survived the car crash, he would have been charged with manslaughter or second degree murder for driving recklessly under the influence of alcohol.
The Marne River flows into the Seine a few miles north of Paris. The scene of the crash was in a tunnel on an expressway which ran along the river Seine on the north side of the city. Nostradamus often used the Seine and Marne rivers to represent the city of Paris itself. Incognu can mean "unknown," "disguised," or "concealed." Henri Paul participated in a ruse to throw off the ruthless paparazzi. The regular chauffeur supposedly carrying Diana and Dodi Fayed acted as a decoy. Or was Paul, the head of security at the Ritz, the decoy; driving the true car, "disguised" as a different driver.
Perhaps, too, Nostradamus was saying that the killer would be unknown until it was too late. Even armed with Quatrain 10.35, who could have anticipated such a bizarre chain of events?
Warning Diana of a possible assailant coming from France, even if conveying such a warning were possible, would have been utterly useless: she went to her killer. Even he was unaware of the crime he would commit. To succeed in saving her life one would have had to have the wisdom to tell her to avoid France altogether, and everything and everyone French anywhere in the world, especially in August but also throughout the remainder of 1997.
Diana death inquiry to go public
POSTED: 1852 GMT (0252 HKT), December 7, 2006
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British hearings into the deaths of Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al Fayed will be held in public after a decision that they should be conducted in secret was reversed, judicial authorities said on Thursday.
The original decision of presiding judge Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss had been strongly criticized by Fayed's father Mohamed, owner of the exclusive London store Harrods.
The preliminary hearings, scheduled for next month, are the latest step in efforts to get to the bottom of the death of Diana, ex-wife of British heir to the throne Prince Charles. Diana, who was 36, Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul died when their Mercedes limousine smashed into a wall in a Paris road tunnel in 1997.
A two-year French inquiry blamed the crash on Paul, saying he was drunk, under the influence of anti-depressants and driving too fast.
The British inquest was opened in January 2004 and then royal coroner Michael Burgess asked police to hold a top-level investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths. He said he wanted John Stevens, the former head of London police, to examine conspiracy theories that the couple were murdered by British spies to cover royal embarrassment about their relationship.
Diana and Charles had two sons, Princes William and Harry, but their marriage ended in divorce.
Stevens is due to unveil the results of his three-year investigation next week.
The Judicial Communications Office said Butler-Sloss originally decided to hold the hearings on Jan. 8 and 9 in private for practical reasons such as the size of a courtroom available. "She's reconsidered in view of the strong public interest in these particular hearings that they should be held in public," a spokesman said.
The proceedings would consider whether a jury should be present for a full inquest and if so, what form it would take.
A spokesman for Mohamed al Fayed, who remains convinced that the couple were murdered by British spies to prevent his son, a Muslim, from marrying Diana, welcomed the decision. "He doesn't believe that anything should be held behind closed doors. There's no reason for it, nobody has anything to fear from the cold light of day than those who may be guilty," the spokesman told Sky News.
Fayed's outcry over 'private' Diana inquest
Black UK Online
06 Dec 2006
Mohammed Al Fayed is to seek a judicial review over plans to hear the inquest of Princess Diana and his son, Dodie Fayed, behind closed doors. Diana, 36, and Mr Fayed, 42, were killed along with chauffeur Henri Paul when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris nine years ago. The proposed initial hearing is scheduled for January 2007.
A report into the crash by the former Met chief Lord Stevens, is due to be released in just over two weeks time.
Mr Al Fayed claims that Lord Stevens' investigation had failed to take into account the statements from at least 13 eyewitnesses. And he (Mr Al Fayed) has described as 'distasteful' a decision by Lady Butler-Sloss to hold the hearing in private.
Under British law, all inquests into British subjects must be held in public, but initial hearings to discuss procedures need not be.
Mr Al Fayed has always maintained that Princess Diana and his son, Dodie, were murdered in a plot that was organised by the British establishment.
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