Kiss-and-sell frenzy over Diana photographs
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Friday 08 August 1997
Mr Fayed, 41, accompanied the princess on a secret yachting holiday in the Mediterranean, and pictures showing them "kissing and cuddling' are being offered for around pounds 500,000. William Hill has cut the odds on the Princess remarrying before 2000, from 6/4 to even money.
But today, in her role as "princess of compassion", Diana was was flying to Bosnia as part of her worldwide campaign against landmines.
Dodi al Fayed, the 41-year-old son of Mohamed al Fayed and nephew of arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, has been linked over the years with a string of beautiful women. An Oscar-winning film producer, his credits include Chariots of Fire, Breaking Glass, Murder By F/X and Hook.
His marriage to American model Suzanne Gregard ended in divorce after eight months, with a settlement rumoured to be $2m (pounds 1.3m), including jewellery and a new Rolls Royce car. Afterwards he said: "I think my one marriage has put me off the institution for life." He has been linked with a string of actresses, including Brooke Shields, the Duke of York's former girlfriend, Koo Stark, Britt Ekland, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, the actress Valerie Perrine, and Frank Sinatra's daughter, Tina.
More recently he was reported to be comforting Joanna Whalley following her break-up with Val Kilmer. Ian Burrell
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