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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

Philip Hensher: Being gay is no longer disapproved of. Hiding it is

One's first reaction was: 'Paul Burrell? Who on earth would have thought it?'

Burrell asked to return to Diana inquest after admitting 'red herrings'

Paul Burrell, former butler to Diana Prince of Wales and the man she once called "my rock", has been asked to come back to Britain to give more evidence to her inquest yesterday after newspaper allegations that he misled the jury with a series of "red herrings".

Dominic Lawson: Some people can protect themselves against Mohamed Fayed's attacks. Others cannot...

Sometimes people involved in the world of intelligence display remarkably little of it themselves. Yesterday, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee appointed by the Prime Minister, called for the inquest into the deaths of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed to be stopped.

Former head of MI6: We took no interest in what Diana was doing

Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, abandoned the service's customary vow of silence yesterday to deny outright that the intelligence service assassinated Diana, Princess of Wales.

Stevens hits back at 'scurrilous' Diana allegations

The police officer who led the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales today dismissed "scurrilous allegations" that he had not done his job properly.

My First Job: Lisa Appignanesi, president of PEN, was a waitress in Paris

'I made coffee in an urn and added chicory'

Queen's former private secretary 'was being entertained by John Mortimer' on night Diana died

The Queen's former private secretary had a cast-iron alibi on the night it was claimed he was in Paris helping to arrange the murder of his sister-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Counterknowledge, By Damian Thompson

A persuasive account of bogus thinking, but it's a pity God isn't in the detail

Preview: Dido, Queen of Carthage, Kensington Palace, London

Love betrayed in Diana's old home

Fayed may have bugged Diana, says her sister

Diana, Princess of Wales, suspected Mohamed Al Fayed had secretly bugged her conversations while she was his guest during a yachting holiday in the Mediterranean just days before she died in Paris in 1997.

Princess Diana inquest

On 13 January we reported that a witness, Alain Willmaurez, who still works for the Paris Ritz, told the Princess Diana inquest that Henri Paul was "walking like a clown" before the fatal crash. Mr Fayed's office has asked us to point out that later, under cross-examination and having watched the CCTV footage, the witness said he wanted to withdraw the word "clown".

Al Fayed 'urged' Diana bodyguard to recall flash of light before crash

Trevor Rees felt pressured by Mohamed Al Fayed to "remember" a flash in the tunnel moments before the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, the inquest into her death heard yesterday.

Joan Smith: Roll up, roll up... See the Incredible Vanishing Princess

Acouple of centuries ago, the British royal family was growing increasingly anxious about the behaviour of the estranged wife of the king's eldest son. A secret inquiry took place, known as the "delicate investigation", which found no evidence to support a claim that the then Princess of Wales, Caroline of Brunswick, had become pregnant and given birth to a son. There is nothing delicate about the inquiry now taking place at London's High Court into the behaviour of Diana, Princess of Wales, even though the parallels between the careers of the two women are striking.

Diana inquest: How The Rock found himself in a hard place

He was the hub of Diana's wheel. Everyone else was on a spoke. But at the inquest last week it all fell apart. David Randall on the day the secrets ran out

Richard Ingrams' Week: Public schools are right to be wary of Brown's resentment

The public schools are probably right to get the wind up about government plans to challenge their charity status with the possible effect of forcing up their fees and eventually causing them to close down.

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