- Doctors conducting an autopsy on the
driver of the car in which Princess Diana died may have tested the wrong
blood because it was switched, it has been claimed.
- A TV documentary on Wednesday said Henri
Paul's blood had an implausibly high level of carbon monoxide, twice that
of a 40-a-day smoker.
- Now Nicholas Farrell who worked on the
ITV documentary 'Diana: the Secrets behind the Crash', says the blood could
have been switched.
- He says in The Spectator magazine that
Henri Paul was "seriously dosed up" in the high-speed car crash
in a Paris road tunnel last August.
- "Not only had he drunk more than
three times the French drink-drive limit and taken antidepressants when
he got behind the wheel of the Mercedes, he was also halfway dead from
carbon monoxide poisoning for good measure," he said.
- Mr Farrell discounted the theory that
the high level of carbon monoxide could have been the result of a fault
in M Paul's personal car since an MoT test showed nothing wrong.
- Mr Farrell said: "What about the
Mercedes itself? Again, virtually impossible. M Paul died instantly."
- Another theory considered by Mr Farrell
was that M Paul was attempting suicide since he was, after all, taking
antidepressants, but video footage prior to the accident showed M Paul
- Mr Farrell added: "So if M Paul
was not trying to kill himself there are only two alternatives: either
the French doctors who conducted the autopsy got the wrong answers when
they tested his blood, or else they tested the wrong blood.
- "The implications of this are enormous.
If it was not M Paul's blood which was tested, then it means we do not
know if he was drunk and had been taking antidepressants."
- "And if the wrong blood was tested,
was it a genuine mistake by the doctors, or did someone, MI5 or whoever,
switch the samples?
- "I do not believe in conspiracy
theories, but it makes me wonder."
- The documentary, which had the endorsement
of Mohammed Al Fayed, has been attacked by royal experts and friends of
- Lord St John of Fawsley said: "I
think these programmes are deplorable.
- "It was in the worst possible taste
and is extremely distressing for members of the royal family, especially
Prince William and Prince Harry."
- But Granada Television defended the programme,
saying it was sensitive to the feelings of the two princes.
- Another documentary, Dispatches on Channel
4 on Thursday, unearths a witness who claims to have heard Paul taunting
photographers outside the Fayed-owned Ritz Hotel in Paris with the words:
"Don't try to follow us, you'll never catch us."
- Conspiracy theories
- Dispatches presenter Martyn Gregory said:
"The main problem with the conspiracy theories, many of which have
been propagated by Mohammed Al Fayed, is that there has been no shred of
credible evidence to support them."
- A last bid to establish the full truth
of the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, is being made in
Paris on Friday amid the welter of conspiracy theories and alleged new
- Crash inquiry judge Hervé Stephan
has called all key witnesses together to thrash out inconsistencies in
- Whatever the outcome of the report expected
later this month, it is virtually certain to pin the blame on drink and