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Diana May Have Still Been Alive Says Former Police Chief

By Michelle Duffy     Jan 17, 2008 in World
As the inquest of the century continues, the court hear today how if Diana, the Princess of Wales had retained her police protection, she may well still have been alive today.
Former chief of the London Metropolitan police, Lord Condon, has given evidence this week in the inquest into the deaths of Diana, the Princess of Wales and her companion, Dodi al Fayed.
Condon, who was still acting as chief of police when she and Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris, said that he personally, had "begged" her to keep her police protection after she had told him she did not want it anymore. There were, as the court heard this week, many meetings between Lord Condon and Diana herself, but she had always refused to change her mind.
The meetings took place after Diana had come to Lord Condon in the October of 1994, and spoke of a concern that her car was bugged to the head of royal and diplomatic protection at the Met. She told the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, David Meynell, in the meeting that she had felt sure the police had been spying on her and her phone calls were being recorded.
Condon said that he felt sure she would have still been alive today had she kept her guards around her. He said in court,
As the BBC reports:"If, as my wish, she would've had police protection in Paris, I'm absolutely convinced those three lives would not have been tragically lost. Her problem with protection was, sadly, that she did not have police protection. I wish she had."There had been a battle between the former commissioner and the Princess of Wales which started when she had made her feelings clear in December 1993 about dropping her protection.
As the BBC reports, he said:"I have often thought back, if that had not been the sequence of events I might have demanded face-to-face meetings with her..."Lord Condon, himself was involved in an accident the day after his last meeting with Diana on the 14 of December 1994, and he had spoke of his true concern for the Princess's welfare after the police protection was going to be removed. After his accident, he did not recover for almost a month.
Mr Mohamed al Fayed had been convinced that Diana did not trust the police to be on her side, particularly after she was divorced from Prince Charles. As the BBC reports, Lord Condon said:"Clearly she had decided in her own mind, sadly, that the police, if they were on anyone's side, were not on her side. That was wrong, but I think it was a view that I think I would have found it very hard to change her mind about."The case continues on it's shaky ground after former butler to the Royal Family, Paul Burrell, spent the last few days in court having his own evidence thrown out and labelled "irrelevant" by Lord Justice Scott Baker.
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