Diana inquest: Who said what

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The following are quotes from the Diana, Princess of Wales inquest:

"Are you perhaps a rather porous 'rock', Mr Burrell, given how much leaked out into letters, interviews and books?"
Richard Keen QC, for the family of Henri Paul, questions Diana's former butler Paul Burrell who was dubbed her "rock". (January 16 2008)

"I was at the hub of the wheel and everyone else was on a spoke."
Paul Burrell on his role in the Princess's life. (January 14 2008)

"She called the Princess a whore and she said that she was messing around with 'effing Muslim men'."
Paul Burrell describes a conversation between Diana and her mother Frances Shand Kydd. (January 14 2008)

"He married his crocodile wife and he is happy with that,"
Mohamed al Fayed claiming that the Prince of Wales was involved in Diana's death. (February 18 2008)

"He grew up with the Nazis ... it is well known. He was brought up by his auntie who marries Hitler's General. This is the guy who is now in charge and manipulating everything and can do anything."
Mohamed al Fayed on the Duke of Edinburgh. (February 18 2008)

"You want to have his original name? It ends with 'Frankenstein'."
Mohamed al Fayed on the Duke of Edinburgh. (February 18 2008)

"I am not a mad person, right, as you are trying to portray me, please. Behave yourself."
Mohamed al Fayed to Richard Horwell QC, representing Scotland Yard. (February 18 2008)

"You even flew me down to St Tropez, to sit on a boat while you seduced Diana all day and f***** me all night."
Dodi's girlfriend Kelly Fisher confronts him about his relationship with Diana in a taped telephone call. (Read to the jury on February 6 2008)

"He started ranting at me. He was talking about Prince Philip and he was also talking about the British Government. He was swearing a lot."
Former bodyguard Kes Wingfield on Mohamed al Fayed's reaction to his refusal to appear in a television programme on the crash. (January 29 2008)

"I think we could almost guarantee it would be survivable."
Road accident investigator Anthony Read when asked what would have happened had the occupants of the Mercedes been wearing seatbelts and the car travelling under the speed limit. (November 6 2007)

"I believed there was a strong possibility that they might have married."
Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale on the relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

"They are very grave allegations, and one would have thought that a man with any decency who was not going to pursue them would withdraw them."
Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker challenges Mohamed al Fayed's lawyer Michael Mansfield QC on the Harrods owner's claims that bodyguard Trevor Rees had been paid to lie.

"With all my respect, he was not a kind of Brad Pitt or something of the sort."
Diana's friend and fashion executive Roberto Devorik on Hasnat Khan. (January 17 2008)

"To use perhaps inappropriate language from your point of view, but nonetheless language that we are familiar with in these proceedings, you would regard the spirits as reliable sources?"
Ian Burnett QC asks Diana's medium Rita Rogers about the spirit world. (January 17 2008)

"I did not have a very good feeling about her staying."
Mystic Rita Rogers speaks with hindsight about her last conversation with the Princess, on the afternoon of August 30 1997. (January 17 2008)

"I find the suggestion, even though I respect your right to raise it, as totally abhorrent, offensive and would actually mean that I am a murderer or, in essence, part of a murderous conspiracy."
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Condon responds to Michael Mansfield's suggestion that he had been deliberately "sitting on" a letter in which Diana expressed fears for her life. (January 17 2008)

"This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous - my husband is planning 'an accident' in my car. Brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy."
Diana in the so-called 'Burrell letter' written in October 1993. (Disclosed on the inquest website on December 18 2007).

"Can you help as to why the might and power of the Royal Family, the British Government and MI6 could only afford a Fiat Uno, one of the world's lightest and least powerful cars?"
Richard Horwell QC, for Scotland Yard, cross-examines Mohamed al Fayed. (February 18 2008).

"I would need marriage like a rash on my face."
Diana's final conversation with Lady Annabel Goldsmith in which she ruled out any chance that she was going to marry Dodi. (December 17 2007)

"We once went to the pub together and Diana asked if she could order the drinks because she had never done so before."
Hasnat Khan on his life with Diana. (Statement read March 3 2008).

"Tony Blair couldn't work out whether to flirt with her or treat her like he would a visiting dignitary, he ended up doing a bit of both."
Account of a meeting between Diana and the then-future Prime Minister in 1997 in an extract from Alistair Campbell's diaries, The Blair Years. (Read to the court on January 15 2008).

"I remember one occasion when she told me about her weekend and she had been alone in those rather silent set of apartments. She had heated her own food in a microwave. I got the general impression that she was a bit lonely."
Divorce lawyer Maggie Rae. (January 15 2008)

"As one of my colleagues remarked recently, they are not called 'cell' phones by chance."
Lord Justice Scott Baker issues a light-hearted warning after a mobile phone rings, interrupting evidence on the subject of mobile phones. (March 6 2008)

"The benefit of these last six months is that various propositions that were being asserted have been shown to be so demonstrably without foundation that they are no longer being pursued by Mohamed Al Fayed's lawyers, even if he still carries the belief of their truth in his own mind. They are not being pursued because there is not a shred of evidence to support them."
Lord Justice Scott Baker begins summing up. (March 31 2008)

"One of the regrettable features of this case is the number of people who it appears have told lies in the witness box or elsewhere. Some are liars by their own admission. I refer to James Andanson, Paul Burrell and John Macnamara."
The coroner. (March 31 2008)

"Witnesses who give evidence in our courts fall into many different categories ranging from those at one end of the scale who are patently honest and reliable to those at the other on whose evidence you would not swing a cat."
The coroner continues summing up. (April 1 2008)

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