Scotland Yard said Saturday that it is looking into new information regarding the deaths of Princess Diana and companion Dodi Al Fayed in 1997. Reports on Saturday said police are trying to see if it is credible or not.
UPDATE: One of the new allegations that will be probed will be to see if they were murdered by a British military soldier.
ITV reported that the allegation was made by former parents-in-law of an ex-soldier. The parents got the information from claims that the former soldier, who was not named, made in the past.
Sky News reported that the information pertains to allegations as to whether Diana and others in the car were murdered. But it noted that the investigation is still in the very early stages.
“The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility,” reads a statement from Metropolitan Police, published by ITV. “The assessment will be carried out by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.”
It added: “This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget.”
The new information about her death was passed to Metropolitan Police via military sources, reported Sky. The Specialist Crime and Operations Command unit will look into the matter.
It also does not fall under the Operation Paget investigation, which looks at conspiracy theories surrounding her death. It found that those inside the car were not murdered.
In 2004, U.K. police investigated the circumstances of Diana’s death for three years. A jury in 2008 said that the accident was due to “grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes,” according to a statement from Metropolitan Police.
Diana, known as Princess Di, was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma in Paris. Before her death, she was constantly followed around by paparazzi photographers, who attempted to document her every move in public for tabloids.
Driver Henri Paul and companion Dodi Fayed were also killed in the crash.
Her death has been the object of conspiracy theories–including one from Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed, the owner of the Paris Ritz–who said the crash was planned or foul play was involved. Some said that British intelligence services were behind it.
Recently, Vanity Fair reported that Diana was secretly in love with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan in the 1990s, but he ultimately did not want to be in a relationship with her.
“Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan,” Jemima Khan, the ex-wife of Hasnat’s cousin Imran Khan, tolld Vanity Fair. “And that’s one of the reasons we became friends.”
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