Diana Inquest Headed to Jury

Jurors to decide whether lovers' deaths were accidental or part of a plot
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2008 1:47 PM CDT
From evidence presented at the inquest, the head of Diana Princess of Wales, in the rear seat, her bodyguard Trevor Rees left, and driver Henri Paul are seen shortly before the car crash.   (AP Photo/H.M. Coroner)
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(Newser) – Was Diana, Princess of Wales, pregnant? About to marry Dodi? Murdered by the royal family? The inquest into her death, alternately official investigation and media spectacle, is nearing its conclusion this week after six months and more than 250 witnesses, reports Reuters. The presiding judge will make his summary tomorrow, and the jury will begin deliberations Wednesday to determine whether the deaths were accidental or if there was evidence of a plot.

A 10-year delay and $20 million expense aside, the inquest's high-drama testimony has riveted Britain. Two previous police probes deemed the deaths accidental, but Dodi's father called Prince Philip a “Nazi” and “racist,” and insisted the couple was murdered by the royals. But one friend testified that Diana told her she needed marriage “like a rash to the face.”