By Tom Hutchison

THE truth about Princess Diana’s death could “spell the ruination of Britain”, it was claimed last night.

The allegation was made by the father of Henri Paul, who was driving Diana’s car on the night of the Paris crash.

Jean Paul says his son is being made a scapegoat by the authorities for the crash that killed him, Diana, 36, and her lover Dodi Fayed, 42.

With the six-month inquest on Diana set to continue today, Mr Paul claimed Henri, 41, had to discreetly eject a mystery intruder at the Ritz minutes before he took to the road — proving he could not have been drunk at the wheel. And he says French police are refusing to hand back some of Henri’s blood-covered possessions because they do not want him to have access to his blood from that night.

Jean Paul also says that claims his son was in the pay of secret services are rubbish as the broke security chief had asked him for a £1,000 loan for a deposit on a flat.

Mr Paul Snr, 76, said a treasured photo ID card his son was carrying in his wallet during the 1997 crash had never been returned.

He suggested the authorities did not want him to have the blood-stained card because he would be able to prove through lab tests that his son was not drunk at the wheel.

He added: “We were also told Henri had no wallet on him. I don’t believe that.”

Mr Paul said a lot of things did not add up about the whole case.

But he said: “In my heart there is a flame of hope that, one day, the truth will come out.

“And it could spell the ruination of Great Britain.”

A spokesman for Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, has urged dad-of-five Mr Paul to address the inquest with his claims.

He said: “Anyone who has relevant information must bring it before the coroner so that the jury can hear it and assess it.”

French police would not comment on his claims last night.