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Monday, 30 July 2007

Parents of Diana driver 'were told he wasn't drunk'

More on Princess Diana's Cover-ups
The parents of Henri Paul, the chauffeur driving Princess Diana on the night she died, have spoken for the first time about fresh claims over whether he had been drunk.

They said Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner who investigated the 1997 Paris crash which killed Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and Mr Paul, had assured them he had not been drunk.

But a month later in his official report into the tragedy Lord Stevens said Mr Paul had been three times over the French drink-drive limit when his Mercedes crashed.

At a preliminary hearing of Diana's inquest in London on Friday, the Paul family's lawyer called for Lord Stevens to be asked to explain the "gross discrepancy".

There have been persistent reports since the crash that the accident was caused by Mr Paul's drunken driving at speed. His father Jean, 76, told how he and his 75-year-old wife Gisele had met with Lord Stevens. UK Daily Mail