Bodyguard: Diana Needed More Security

He blames al-Fayed family for small team and a lack of trust
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 5:30 PM CST
This image made available Tuesday Oct. 2, 2007, shows Diana, back seat, with bodyguard Trevor Rees left, and driver Henri Paul shortly before the fatal car crash. (AP Photo/H.M. Coroner, HO)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of the bodyguards protecting Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed says a lack of manpower and trust hamstrung the security team in the days preceding the fatal crash, Reuters reports. Kieran Wingfield testified at the Diana inquest that Dodi’s father repeatedly rejected his requests for more guards and that Dodi himself refused to divulge details of the couple's plans.

"You need to have the trust of your principal," Wingfield said. "If you don't get it, your job becomes very, very difficult." He added that he quit working for the al-Fayeds after being asked to appear in a TV program supporting their view that the royal family orchestrated Diana's death. "I had no doubt in my mind that it was a tragic accident so I refused to take part," he said.