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Butler: Dodi Wasn't 'the One'

Factotum tells inquest Diana planned to marry ex-flame Khan
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:20 PM CST
Butler: Dodi Wasn't 'the One'
Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion Dodi Fayed, walk on a pontoon in the French Riviera resort of St Tropez in this Aug. 22, 1997, file photo. Rodney Turner, a car dealer and long-standing friend of Diana's family,said Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, that Princess Diana had described her relationship...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Princess Diana had no intention of marrying Dodi al Fayed but had set her sights on Hasnat Khan, says her former butler and confidant extraordinaire. Paul Burrell testified at her inquest today that he met with a Catholic priest to make arrangements for a private ceremony for the princess and her longtime flame. It's an open challenge to Mohamed al Fayed, the Telegraph reports.

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Dodi's father chalks up the pair's death to a royal conspiracy meant to prevent his son from proposing to a pregnant Diana on the night they died. But Burrell—now a reality TV star—said Diana was "on the rebound" and was using Dodi to get Khan, "her soulmate," back. "I know that because I was there and I saw it," he testified. (Read more Princess Diana stories.)

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