No royal link to Di's death - coroner

THE coroner at the Diana, Princess of Wales, inquest told the jury today there was "no evidence" that she was murdered by MI6 at the behest of the Duke of Edinburgh.

THE coroner at the Diana, Princess of Wales, inquest told the jury today there was "no evidence" that she was murdered by MI6 at the behest of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Opening his summing up to the jury after the six-month hearing, Lord Justice Scott Baker said many of Mohamed al Fayed's conspiracy theories about the crash were "so demonstrably without foundation' that even his lawyer was no longer pursuing them.

As he began to go through the evidence of more than 250 witnesses, the coroner swept aside theories he said had been encouraged by the media for the past 10-and-a-half years.

He told the jury: "Various propositions were being asserted, have been shown to be so demonstrably without foundation that they are no longer being pursued by Mohamed al Fayed's lawyer, even if he still continues to believe in their truth in his own mind.

"They are not being pursued because there is not a shred of evidence to support them.

"Foremost among them is the proposition that Diana was assassinated by the secret intelligence service (MI6) on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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"There is no evidence that the Duke of Edinburgh ordered Diana's execution, and there is no evidence that the secret intelligence service or any other Government agency organised it.'

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