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Record View: Now let Diana rest in peace.

AFTER almost 11 years - 3873 days to be exact - and a cost of pounds 10million, a jury decided Princess Diana was unlawfully killed through the reckless actions of her driver Henri Paul and the French paparazzi.

Di, Dodi Fayed and Paul all died in the tunnel in Paris.

And the fact they were not wearing seat belts did not help as Paul, who had been drinking, drove at double the speed limit.

The jury, who sat through six months of evidence and listened to 278 witnesses and more than three million words, discounted the outlandish conspiracy theories of Mohamed al Fayed.

The Duke of Edinburgh and MI6 were not implicated by the jury.

Although told by the coroner there was insufficient evidence of murder, the jury could have recorded an open verdict.

That would have indicated they believed there was some merit in the conspiracy claims. They chose not to do so.

Many will think this is the final page.

But the investigation into Diana's death may never silence those who believe the princess's life was taken deliberately.

Diana has become a business for some - such as former butler Paul Burrell who has feathered his own nest on the back of his claim to be her "rock".

He was caught lying during the inquest but refused to return to court from his Florida bolt-hole and explain why he lied.

His behaviour was described as "shabby" and he was said to have "become rather a porous rock", considering the number of her secrets he had leaked for profit in "future enterprises".

On August 31 last year, at Diana's 10th anniversary memorial service, the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, said: "Still 10 years after her tragic death, there are regular reports of 'fury' at this or that incident and the princess's memory is used for scoring points.

"Let it end here. Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace."

It is a worthy sentiment but sadly Diana many never be granted that peace.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 8, 2008
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