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Scotland Yard began a so-called 'scoping' exercise to assess the credibility of allegations that the couple were murdered by a member of British special forces

The Diana theories in full

Following the news of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing’s new book ‘La Princesse et le Président’, we take a look at 10 of the most fruity stories surrounding Princess Diana’s life and death.

C'est l'amour? Diana and the dedication that launched a thousand speculations

It is the tale of a secret love between a dashing French president and an attractive yet desperately unhappy princess who happens to hail from Wales. The book, penned by the former French head of state Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, opens with the inscription "Promise kept" and ends with the equally intriguing line: "'You asked me for permission for you to write your story,' she told me. 'I give you it, but you must make me a promise ...'".

Prince Harry set to inherit millions from Diana's estate

Prince Harry will become entitled to part of the inheritance left to him by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales when he turns 25 next week.

First the civil partnerships, now the civil dissolutions

Fourfold increase in number of same-sex couples breaking up

Spencer renews battle with the media

Diana's brother loses legal battle for blanket ban on reporting his second divorce

Royal PR guru takes Downing Street role

The public relations guru who helped rescue the Royal Family's reputation after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales is to become Gordon Brown's new director of communications, Downing Street said today.

Mother and unborn child die in stabbing

The unborn child of a woman stabbed and killed in a broad-daylight attack on Sunday died with its mother, police have confirmed.



Aquascutum, the latest Chinese take-away?

The future of the luxury British clothing brand Aquascutum is in doubt as reports suggest that its Japanese owner, Renown, is ready to sell up to a Chinese group, YGM, based in Hong Kong.

People's Prince of Darkness and Labour's three-way marriage

In the marriage of the three people at the heart of New Labour, he is the wounded party who has bravely kept his counsel until he could hide the truth no more, and he has now told his story in a lip-trembling interview in which real tears were never far away.

Bloom or bust: Kew's queen of the tropics on the secret to giving orchids a second life

Dazzled by Kew Gardens' 250th anniversary orchid spectacular, Emma Townshend has just one question on her mind: why don't mine ever reflower like that?

Sarkozy goes to war with Napoleon's legal legacy

President accused of putting government above the law with plan to repeal 200-year-old system

What Will Survive?, By Joan Smith

The transience of life is a truth well known by 43-year-old, Anglo-Egyptian Aisha, a former model scornful of a culture in which "fashion and beauty are the only things that matter". She leaves her idyllic Somerset home to help the under-privileged in the Middle East. Here, however, her car drives over a landmine and she is killed off, perhaps too soon for the reader to feel enough attachment to her. Amanda, a young features writer, is dispatched to Beirut to write a story about the death, and there discovers a city damaged by civil war. Being 1997, the event is paralleled with the car crash of the landmine campaigner Princess Diana.

Vanity Fair Portraits: photographs 1913-2008, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition almost becomes a homage to Annie Leibovitz. This is no bad thing, but it shows how the Vanity Fair photographers – including Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Mario Testino – have played such an integral part in the magazine's history.

Andy Zaltzman, The Stand, Edinburgh

Andy Zaltzman loves making football analogies for political situations: he reckons the poor of the world have had "a terrible last seven millennia", and that they've made some grave errors and let in a few own goals in the past.

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