” Inteimate” details of Princess Diana’s life will be heard at the inquest into her death, but evidence of pregnancy may never be known, a judge has said.
Lord Justice Scott Baker said scientific evidence might not be able to demostrate either way that she was pregnant when she died in a car crash. On the second day of the inquest, he said there was evidence Diana had been using the contraceptive pill.
Her ex-butler, paul Burrell, could be called to give evidence.Baker also said there was contradictory evidence about whether Diana was poised to become engaged to Alfayed on August 31, 1997-the night they both died in a car crash in a Paris Tunnel.
As Fayed’s father, Mohamed maintain that the pair were killed to stop them marrying, the issue of pregnancy is one of 20 to be addressed by the inquest in London.
Baker said it was relevant: ” first, her pregnancy or suspected pregnancy is said to have provided the motive or part of the motive for killing Diana.
"Secondly, her body was embalmed by the French and it is said that the purpose of this was to conceal that she was pregnant"
No pregnancy test was carried out on Diana at the Paris hospital where she was taken after the accident as there appeared to be no reason to do so.Later in a post-mortem examination, no evidence was detected that she was in the early stages of pregnancy.
” it is likely that pregnancy is a matter that cannot be proved one way orthe other in scientific termd in this cas"Justice Baker told the jurors.
" Yuo will, ofcourse, consider the scientific evidence such as it is but you wil lalso hear evidence from several sources about what Diana had to say to her friends, and intimate details of her personal life"