Queen, Duke Won't Testify at Lady Di Inquest

Fayed fails to make them testify as inquiry hears last witness
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 7:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will not testify at an inquiry into Princess Diana's death, the BBC reports. Mohamed al Fayed, who accuses the royals of killing his son, Dodi, and Diana, failed today in a bid to make them testify. Fayed himself was a witness, turning heated over earlier testimony. "I would like an apology," he said. "It is not acceptable to call me a liar in front of the jury."

The inquest likely saw its last witness today, leaving Lord Justice Scott Baker 2 weeks to delve through a mountain of evidence, the London Times reports. Critics question whether the UK inquiry, which cost about  £10 million, will find anything missed by two earlier probes—which both called Diana's death a tragic accident.