Diana death: No 'credible evidence' SAS was involved
Preliminary investigation by Met finds no basis to suggestion elite unit 'killed' royal after Paris crash
THERE is no "credible evidence" to suggest the SAS was involved in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Metropolitan police has said.
The Met said it had conducted a "scoping exercise" into the sensational claim that the elite army unit played a part in Diana's death in a Paris car crash in August 1997. Its conclusion: there is no basis to open a criminal investigation.
The claim had been made by the former parents-in-law of an ex-SAS sniper identified only as Soldier N. They claimed he had told them that members of his regiment killed Diana "seconds" after the Mercedes in which she was travelling crashed into a pillar in an underpass, the Daily Mail reports.
Although the soldier's claim was greeted with widespread scepticism, the Met carried out a four-month preliminary investigation. Its officers were given access to Special Forces Directorate records and took statements, the Mail says. They also "liaised with colleagues in other forces as well as with the Royal Military Police and the Ministry of Defence".
In a letter sent to the Queen and Prince Charles which has been seen by Sky News, the Met's assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said there were no facts to substantiate rumours of Special Forces involvement. Rowley added that there were "contradictions" over whether the claims had even been made in the first place and it was "not possible to prove conclusively what was or was not said".
Rowley concluded: "Whilst there is a possibility that the alleged comments in relation to the SAS's involvement in the death may have been made, there is no credible or relevant evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact."
The original inquest into Diana's death returned a verdict of "unlawful killing" based on the "grossly negligent" driving of both the driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul and the paparazzi chasing the Princess. ·