Fayed lawyers to ask for Queen’s evidence

Jamie Doward
The Observer

Lawyers acting for Harrods chairman Mohamed al-Fayed want the Queen to give evidence at this week’s inquest into the death of Princess Diana.By law, the Queen cannot be forced to testify, but she could choose to do so. Fayed’s lawyers say her evidence is crucial to establishing the truth about the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed, which an extensive investigation has already concluded were the result of a ‘tragic accident’. Lawyers want to ask about a conversation after the 1997 Paris crash in which the Queen is alleged to have told Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell there were ‘powers at work about which we have no knowledge’. Fayed’s press director, Katharine Witty, said that it was important that the coroner called all witnesses.