British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information’s “relevance and credibility.”
“This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget,” it said, referring to an investigation by a former head of the Metropolitan police, John Stevens.
The information, thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and their driver were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.
London’s Metropolitan Police did not elaborate on the information or its source. The decision to examine the new claims suggests that officers believe they must be looked at by detectives to assess whether they have any weight.
As the Telegraph reports, they come from the estranged parents-in-law of “Soldier N”, an SAS soldier who was a key witness in the successful prosecution of Sgt. Nightingale. He was himself convicted of illegal weapons possession.
His estranged wife’s parents wrote to the SAS’s commanding officer claiming the soldier had told his wife that the unit had “arranged” the Princess’s death and that this had been “covered up”.
The information was in turn given to the Metropolitan Police through the Royal Military Police, the British news organization reports.
Scotland Yard’s new information also includes references to something known as Diana’s diary, Sky News reported.
Conspiracy theories popped up practically from the moment the Princess of Wales’ death was announced to a stunned nation, sending much of the United Kingdom prostrate with unprecedented public grieving.
Mohamed Fayed, the Egyptian-born tycoon who is Dodi’s father, accused the royal family of ordering the British secret services to kill Diana in order to prevent her from marrying a Muslim and giving birth to a Muslim half-brother to a future king, Prince William.
The deaths of Princess Diana and Mr. al Fayed in Paris in 1997 were investigated and examined during a 90-day inquest led by Lord Justice Scott Baker at the Royal Court of Justice in 2007.
In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana, the Princess of Wales, and her companion, Fayed, were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.
Former Met Police commissioner Lord Stevens published his report in December 2006, rejecting claims that Princess Diana and Mr al Fayed had been murdered.
After the inquest, the Metropolitan Police said it had spent £8m on services arising from it and the Operation Paget investigation from 2004 to 2006.
Diana was 36 at the time of her death and Mr al Fayed, the son of former Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed, 42. Their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was also killed when the black Mercedes he was driving crashed in the Pont de l’alma Tunnel as they departed from the Ritz Hotel.
Palace press officials representing Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, declined to comment.
A spokesman for Mr. Al Fayed said he had no comment to make, but said he will be “interested in seeing the outcome”, adding that he trusted the Met to investigate the information “with vigour”.
Interest in the late princess has piqued in recent months due in part to the biopic “Diana,” that is due out in September. Naomi Watts plays the shyly smiling princess in the film, write the NY Daily News.