Before entering the tunnel the Mercedes Diana was in was involved in a collision with a white Fiat Uno

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The Controversial Diana & Dodi Memorial at Harrods in London Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Controversial Diana & Dodi Memorial at Harrods in London Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The probe into the death of Princess Diana was ‘flawed’ by French police

The  Former head of Royal protection at the time of Princess Diana’s death in Paris has attacked French investigators for failing to conclusively identify the driver of a white Fiat Uno involved in the crash.

A permanent memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al-Fayed is pictured in the Harrods store in London, 31 August 2006, on the ninth anniversary of their death. Diana, 36, and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, were killed in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.Getty
A permanent memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al-Fayed is pictured in the Harrods store in London, 31 August 2006, on the ninth anniversary of their death. Diana, 36, and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, were killed in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.Getty

Welshman Dai Davies has spent years combing through evidence related to the crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel 20 years ago and gives talks on the subject aboard cruise ships.

He said: “Before entering the tunnel the Mercedes Diana was in was involved in a collision with a white Fiat Uno, but the vital forensic and police work was not done to correctly identify the vehicle and driver.

“That is the big glaring failure in the whole investigation. I think the collision at the entrance to the tunnel was a total accident but I do think that key car should have been identified.”

Sunday Mirror Front Page 31st August 1997. MIDDAY EDITION. DIANA DEAD. Princess and Dodi killed in crash. Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, fatal car accident, Paris France.
Sunday Mirror Front Page 31st August 1997. MIDDAY EDITION. DIANA DEAD. Princess and Dodi killed in crash. Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, fatal car accident, Paris France.

French-Vietnamese bodybuilder Le Van Thanh owned a white Uno at the time of the crash and had the vehicle re-sprayed red soon after the crash.

He has consistently denied any involvement.

Princess Diana with Dodi Fayed Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana with Dodi Fayed Photo (C) GETTY

The inability of French police to identify the car and its owner has allowed conspiracy theories to flourish, said Mr Davies.

Before entering the tunnel the Mercedes Diana was in was involved in a collision with a white Fiat Uno, but the vital forensic and police work was not done to correctly identify the vehicle and driver
Dai Davies

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: A Canadian tourist reads 31 August in front of Saint-Paul's Cathedral in London, where Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married sixteen years ago, a British newspaper announcing that Diana, Princess of Wales, died earlier in the day in a car crash with Egyptian billionaire Dodi al-Fayed. (Photo credit should read DAVE GAYWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 31: A Canadian tourist reads 31 August in front of Saint-Paul’s Cathedral in London, where Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married sixteen years ago, a British newspaper announcing that Diana, Princess of Wales, died earlier in the day in a car crash with Egyptian billionaire Dodi al-Fayed. (Photo credit should read DAVE GAYWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

He is convinced that the Mercedes’ driver, Henri Paul, bears responsibility for the crash because he had been drinking and was speeding.

Tonight Channel 4 will air a controversial programme about Diana and show excerpts from video taped interviews she gave to her voice coach Peter Settelen.

Even now, 20 years after her death, Princess Diana’s legacy remains undiminished.

Daily News front page dated August 31, 1997 Headlines: DIANA DEAD Princess. boyfriend killed in Paris paparazzi car chase Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed
Daily News front page dated August 31, 1997
Headlines: DIANA DEAD
Princess. boyfriend killed in Paris paparazzi car chase
Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince William, Prince Harry, William and Harry, Mercedes Diana, Collision, Fiat Uno, Viral Forensic, Police WOrk, Correctly, Vehicle Driver, Dai Davies, Welshman Dai Davies, coach Peter Settelen, French investigators

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