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article imageQueen's Offices Were Bugged As Diana's Brother-in-Law Speaks At Inquest

By Michelle Duffy     Feb 12, 2008 in World
The inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi al Fayed has heard today how her majesty, The Queen's private offices were continuously "swept" for bugging devices. The checks, according to her private secretary were only for her majesty's reassurance
According to the Queen's former private secretary, Lord Fellowes, her offices were being swept for bugs all the time but only in her majesty's best interests and for no other reason.
The former secretary who served the Queen during the 1990's said that there was no conspiracy to murder Diana and her companion. Lord Fellowes has denied any other allegations in connection with the deaths.
However, Lord Fellowes was brought into court for questioning after it was alleged my Dodi's father, Mohamed al Fayed, that the former secretary and brother in law to Diana, was involved in the Mi6 plot to kill the Princess of Wales and her friend.
Married to Diana's sister, Lady Jane, Lord Fellowes denied sending messages to GCHQ via the British Embassy in Paris the night Diana died in the car crash. He told the court he couldn't have been involved as he was "listening to a talk by Rumpole of the Bailey creator, John Mortimer," at the point of the crash.
Lord Fellowes was also asked about the series of recorded telephone conversations made by Diana and her former husband, the Prince of Wales in what the press described as the "Squidgy-gate" and "Camilla-gate" tapes. These revolutionary recordings were supposedly sent to MI5 and GCHQ in 1993, who then continued a series of correspondence between the two authorities.
However, like most major stories, there were concerns from the Palace and the Secret Service that any investigation would be leaked to the press and then blown out of all proportion.
Acting as counsel to the inquest, In Burnett QC cross-questioned the peer and former 22 year secretary to the Queen. He asked Lord Fellowes if "eavesdropping" was a common occurrence at the palace, to which Lord Fellowes replied,
"I wouldn't say it was a constant preoccupation but yes, we needed reassurance at regular intervals that there was no bugging going on."
Mr Burnett continued,
"It had been suggested, particularly in a letter from Mr Al Fayed, that it was said that you had been present in the British Embassy at 11 o'clock on the evening of 30 August 1997, commandeering the communications centre to send messages to GCHQ. In other words it was being suggested that you were intimately concerned in the murder of your sister-in-law."
Mr Burnett then asked the peer if he was actually in Paris that night of the fatal crash, to which he said, "no."
Lord Fellowes told the court,
"We were in Norfolk that evening, we had people to stay, we went to an entertainment by Mr John Mortimer in Burnham Market church."
Diana has always insisted that she was the centre of a conspiracy and that her Kensington home was bugged. She had also as one point expressed a "fear" of her brother in law, Lord Fellowes.
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