Diana Coroner Dismisses Conspiracy

Duke of Edinburgh, British intelligence not to blame for Princess' death
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 31, 2008 10:48 AM CDT
Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, leaves the High Court in London as the summation into the inquest of the death of Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed begins, Monday, March 31, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Diana wasn't the victim of a murder plot, her coroner told an inquest jury today after six months of testimony. Lord Justice Scott Baker told jurors to decide either that the Princess and Dodi died in an accident, or as result of gross negligence—her driver's or the paparazzi's. But the Duke of Edinburgh and MI6 are in the clear, the Guardian reports.

Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed, who has long claimed a conspiracy involving the British secret service, called for the inquest, but most of his claims "are not being pursued because there is not a shred of evidence to support them," Baker said. Even his lawyers didn't push Fayed's most controversial line—that Diana was embalmed by officials in France to hide a pregnancy. "It's all biased," Fayed said. (Read more Diana inquest stories.)