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Diana Crash: New Twist
Robert Jobson - London Evening Standard
June 25, 2004
The security services forced
Princess Diana to abandon plans for a holiday
in America weeks before she died, it is revealed today.
on her travel plans meant that instead she took a summer break with Mohamed
al-Fayed. This ultimately led to her going to
Paris with his son Dodi, where they died.
British or US intelligence
had forced Diana to change her plans to stay
with American billionaire Teddy Forstmann in
the summer of 1997, saying it was too dangerous to take her sons there,
it is claimed.
The revelation that
the princess would probably still be alive today if the security services
had not intervened is bound to raise fresh questions about conspiracy
The claims are made
by author Andrew Morton in
his new book, Diana: In Pursuit Of Love. Mohamed
al-Fayed has always insisted that Diana
and Dodi were murdered in a plot involving MI6
agents and US intelligence.
writes: "Diana was looking forward to a
week's holiday with the two young men who had never let her down and whom
she loved unconditionally, William and Harry."
with whom the princess cooperated on his bestseller Diana:
Her True Story, says she had accepted an invitation from "one- time
American boyfriend" Mr Forstmann to stay
with him at his house in the Hamptons. But as she was travelling
with the princes, "she needed security clearance".
He writes: "In
what turned out to be a tragic twist of fate, the security services -
Forstmann's friends are not sure whether it
was the American or the British side - vetoed Diana's
holiday plans. They had doubts about the security surrounding
the billionaire's hideaways or perhaps a possible threat from elsewhere.
decision by the security services, perhaps more than any of their perceived
plotting in Paris, was what led to Diana being
in Paris on 31 August." Scotland Yard detectives carrying out an
inquiry into Diana's death are planning to interview
Morton over the new claims.
also claims that Princess Diana leaked the Duchess
of York's divorce plans in an attempt to stop bad press
He says Diana
betrayed Fergie in February 1992 because she
was anxious that a book by Lady Colin Campbell
hinted she was to blame for the collapse of her marriage to Charles.
suggested that the only thing to keep the princess off the front pages
would be an even bigger story - and she "instantly provided the blockbuster
story we required".
He added: "She
had recently learned that Fergie had visited
the Queen to talk about a separation from Prince
Andrew. After much discussion the Queen
had agreed that a separation was the best option.”