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The former royal butler Paul Burrell was accused of lying about a ring given to Diana, Princess of Wales, by Dodi Fayed, during his evidence yesterday at the inquest into their deaths.

Leading article: Proceedings without a point

Once upon a time, there might have been a strong argument for an inquest to be held into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The circumstances of her fatal car crash in Paris needed clarification. The father of her dead companion, Dodi Fayed, was convinced they had both been victims of a plot. Among the public at large, conspiracy theories abounded. There was a widespread feeling that crucial information had been deliberately concealed.

Burrell: Diana wanted to marry heart surgeon

After the "rock" came the "hub". Paul Burrell, the royal butler whom Diana, Princess of Wales, considered vital to her existence, claimed yesterday that he co-ordinated her life to such an extent that she asked him to arrange a potential "private wedding" to a Muslim heart surgeon she called her "soul mate", rather than to Dodi Fayed.

Dodi affair was over, inquest told

The relationship between Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed was over a few weeks before the couple were fatally injured in a car crash, her inquest was told yesterday.

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Harry Burton's 50th-anniversary production of this one-hour play is a measure of how far Harold Pinter has come since its premiere. Not performed here until 1960, it was staged at the Hampstead Theatre Club, for no other fringe theatre, and certainly no West End house, was interested in Pinter's plays. The Dumb Waiter was then half of a double bill, and its two characters certainly weren't played by actors as well known as Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs.

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