News stories in support of Diana's fears:
Diana 'feared being bugged by dark forces'
Nick Allen – Telegraph.co.uk January 8, 2008
An electronic surveillance expert found what may have been a listening bug in the apartments of Diana, Princess of
Wales at Kensington Palace, the inquest into her death heard.
A signal from the device was detected coming from a wall which divided the Princess's apartments from a room used
by the Prince of Wales.
It was picked up during a series of electronic sweeps in 1994 by security expert Grahame Harding, who was called in
by the Princess to look for surveillance equipment.
Asked about the signal he picked up, Mr Harding told the inquest: "It's very hard to say, it could be a number of
things. Anything that concerns oscillators, that would give off radiation or transmission, the equipment could pick
that up. At that time I believe it was a particular device."
There was no evidence the wall had been tampered with but access to the room behind the wall could not be
gained, Mr Harding said.
When he carried out another electronic sweep a day or two later at the same spot, the transmission had gone.
Mr Harding subsequently supplied the Princess with mobile phones to allay her fears that her calls were also being
He said the Princess had talked of "dark forces" when she discussed her belief that she was being monitored.
"They were words she used to me - 'There are dark forces' - and never really expanded on that in any way," he said.
Mr Harding, the founder of a surveillance and security firm, made four sweeps in all of the Princess's home over a
four month period. He was recommended to her by the Duchess of York, whom he knew through charity work.
The Princess had been told by well placed "friends" that surveillance of her was being carried out by a five-strong
team of people in an "organisation", the inquest heard.
Her suspicions were recorded in a note of an October 1994 meeting she had with a senior royal protection officer.
The note stated: "She had been told, without any doubt, that five people from an organisation had been assigned
full time to oversee her activities including listening to her private telephone conversations."
Colin Haywood-Trimming, a former protection officer who guarded the Princess, her husband and sons, told the
inquest: "Certainly over the years I was aware she had this feeling she was being listened to."
The inquest into the deaths of the Princess and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, also heard that their relationship was "all
over" at least two weeks before they both died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
Rodney Turner, a personal friend of the Princess, told the hearing she had enjoyed her time with Mr Fayed but they
were no longer together in early August 1997.
Mr Turner said: "What she said to me was that it was all over, which was really a shock to me."
He said the Princess told him: "Don't fuss, don't fuss. It's all over. I've had a wonderful time."
Mr Turner, a director of luxury car dealer HR Owen, became friends with the Princess after he started supplying her
with BMW cars in 1995.
The inquest, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, had previously heard the Princess sent a handwritten note to
her butler Paul Burrell in October 1993, saying she believed her husband wanted her dead so he could marry Tiggy
Legge-Bourke, a nanny to their sons. But Mr Turner said she had "never discussed" that.
Talking about a period in the mid-1990s when there was a heightened threat of attacks from the IRA, Mr Turner said
the Princess had once joked: "If it's not the IRA, it's my husband."
Diana Sensation: ‘I Saw Hitmen Cause Crash’
Richard Palmer – Daily Express October 16, 2007
Two hit men on a motorcycle shone a powerful flashlight at Princess Diana’s car before it crashed, her inquest was
Francois Levistre was driving in front of the Mercedes when it crashed, killing Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed.
He told the jury the bike stopped and the pillion passenger walked over to the wrecked car, inspected it then
signalled like a referee when a boxer is out for the count.
The passenger, dressed like the rider all in black, then signalled that they needed to move quickly out of the Alma
tunnel in Paris, the inquest in London heard.
Asked why he had not left his car to help those in the crash, Mr Levistre answered: “Fear.” Asked what he had been
afraid of, he replied: “Just like I said, I thought they were hit men.”
Mr Levistre, giving his evidence via video link from Paris, told how he saw the “major white flash” from the motorbike
in his rear view mirror as the bike overtook Diana’s car.
The Mercedes began immediately careering across the road before crashing into the concrete pillars in the central
reservation of the dual carriageway in the tunnel, he said.
He told the jury in court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice it was like the bright flash from a speed camera.
“The light was as if you are caught by police radar,” he said. “The light was very powerful. It came into my car. The
light was not directed towards me. It was directed towards the car which was behind.”
The inquest, which is expected to hear evidence for six months before deciding how Diana and Dodi died, heard that
after the crash the self-employed businessman had performed tests with different kinds of lights in the Alma tunnel.
He concluded that the intensity of the flash was much greater than that produced by a normal photographer’s flash.
He also told the court that he had not seen any photographers in the tunnel in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Mr Levistre, 63, from Rennes in Normandy, told the inquest he was driving through the French capital in a rented
black Ford Ka after spending the day in the city with his wife and 10-year-old son.
He entered the riverside expressway from a slip road near the entrance to the Alma tunnel after midnight on August
31 1997. A second later he saw in his mirror the motorbike overtake the car behind him and then the bright flash.
“When I saw this light I looked through the mirror in my car,” he said. “There I saw the car going from left to right to
left again within the pillars. And then the car had no lights any more. Everything was switched off.”
As he reached the end of the tunnel and viewed the mangled wreckage in his mirror, he brought his car to a halt but
left the engine running. He was frightened, fearing it might have been a type of gangland hit.
“I thought it could be as in the south of France when you have gangs and bands fighting together,” he told the court.
“They were dressed in all black with helmets. And the passenger went to the car, looked into the car – because from
my mirror I could see everything that was happening – and the passenger he made a gesture with his hands,” the
witness said, demonstrating a sign to indicate that it was over.
He told how the passenger then signalled that they should move straight ahead out of the tunnel and got back on
the bike before the pair sped off, staring at the car’s occupants as they went by.
Ian Burnett, QC for the coroner, asked him: “Was there any reason you didn’t get out of the car?”
“Fear,” replied Mr Levistre. “It’s just like I said to the magistrates before, I thought they were hitmen.”
Mr Levistre also said he saw a small white car in the tunnel, but maintained there was no contact between that and
the Mercedes. He could not confirm it was a Fiat Uno.
The first he heard that the crash victims were Diana and Dodi was when he was watching the television news at 1pm
the next afternoon.
He and his family did not immediately report what they had seen to the police because they were scared, he told the
“We were in the situation in which we thought these two motorcyclists had gone to kill the other people in the car.
And we were just scared.”
He told the court that after the crash he had remained in his car for between two and five minutes before driving off
without getting out.
When he saw television coverage of the crash, however, he decided to speak out.
“I could hear the word ‘paparazzi, paparazzi,’ but actually I knew that there were no photographers, I knew that there
was nobody else up there,” he said.
By the time they arrived he had left the scene, according to his evidence. He got in touch with the Ritz Hotel, which
passed his details on to police who soon asked him for an interview.
He reluctantly gave them a statement on September 1 1997 and in April 1998 he also gave a statement to Judge
Herve Stephen, the examining magistrate leading the French investigation into the crash.
He told Mr Burnett that French police “looked down on him” when he gave his deposition.
During a long period of questioning Mr Burnett raised several examples where the witness had contradicted himself
in statements he had given to police, magistrates and the media as well as yesterday’s inquest.
He had changed his story about whether he had seen the Mercedes actually hit the pillar and had also contradicted
himself about the speed he was doing when he got onto the expressway, the court was told.
But Mr Levistre insisted that the French authorities had made up parts of his statements – which he had never read
properly – in an attempt to discredit him and that what he had told the court yesterday was the truth
The above testimony is corroborated perfectly by Richard Tomlinson given to Judge Herve Stephan's inquiry into
Princess Diana's death. A former MI6 officer, Tomlinson says he saw plans to assassinate Slobodan Milosovic which
bore a strong resemblance to Princess Diana's fatal crash.
According to Tomlinson: "This third scenario suggested that Milosevic could be assassinated by causing his
personal limousine to crash. Dr Fishwick proposed to arrange the crash in a tunnel, because the proximity of
concrete close to the road would ensure that the crash would be sufficiently violent to cause death or serious injury,
and would also reduce the possibility that there might be independent, casual witnesses. Dr Fishwick suggested that
one way to cause the crash might be to disorientate the chauffeur using a strobe flash gun, a device which is
occasionally deployed by special forces to, for example, disorientate helicopter pilots or terrorists, and about which
MI6 officers are briefed about during their training. In short, this scenario bore remarkable similarities to the
circumstances and witness accounts of the crash that killed the Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed, and Henri - Paul. I
firmly believe that this document should be yielded by MI6 to the Judge investigating these deaths, and would
provide further leads that he could follow."