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Amy WineHouse Found Dead in her London Home
Amy Winehouse's  last live  performance was with her God Daughter Dionne Bromfield

Amy and many other felt that Dionne Bromfield is a great talent ready to explade int he world music scene..

Amy Winehouse’s last appearance

By Eleanor | 110% pop – Mon, Jul 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse joined her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage on Wednesday night at the iTunes Festival, in what was to be her last public appearance.

Amy got up on stage at the Roundhouse and danced alongside Dionne, who was singing 'Mama Said.' She hugged her goddaughter and joined in on the chorus.

Amy Winehouse died just days later, on Saturday afternoon at her home in North London.

Her friends, family and fans paid tribute to Amy and we remembered Amy's best moments in our tribute gallery.

Amy Winehouse with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield / Getty

Amy WineHouse's Laster live performance
Amy Winehouse joined her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage at the iTunes Festival,




This is what Amy Winehouse had to say about Dionne Bromfield
in an exclusive interview AWN.bz before Amy's tragic death

"..Dionne Bromfield is the one of the most talented young singers in the music world today ..." Amy Winehouse

Dionne Bromfield video one -my Mumma Said......



Dionne Bromfield video Two





Dionne Bromfield video Three


Dionne Bromfield video Four


Dionne Bromfield video Five



Dionne Bromfield video Six





Dionne Bromfield video Seven




Dionne Bromfield video Eight





Dionne Bromfield video Nine




Dionne Bromfield video Ten









Singer Amy Winehouse dead at 27

The talented but troubled performer has been found dead in her home in London, according to news reports.

Winehouse has battled drug addiction for years, having most recently checked back into rehabilitation in May, according to Huffington Post.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to an address in NW1 just after 4pm today.

"On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene," a police statement said.

Her death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are continuing into the circumstances, it added.


Amy Winehouse Is Dead After a Suspected Drug Overdose



Drugs fear as Winehouse found dead


Sky News is reporting that Amy Winehouse, the 27-year-old singer, has been found dead at her London flat. Police sources have confirmed her passing, Nick Buckley tweeted, adding that: "Found at her North London home at 3.54pm. Drink and drugs overdose suspected."

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 201) was an Englishsinger-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz.[3] She received extensive publicity over her substance abuse and mental healthissues. Winehouse died on 23 July 2011; police have described the cause of her death as "unexplained."

Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British singer to win five Grammys,[8][9] including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for "Stronger Than Me", one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for "Rehab", and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game", among other prestigious distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.

Winehouse had been credited as being an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also revitalising British music. Winehouse's distinctive style has been the muse for fashion designers such asKarl Lagerfeld. The singer's problems with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as self-destructive behaviour, were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.

Amy Wine House Early life

Winehouse was born in the Southgate area of north London to a Jewishfamily who were the source of her interest in jazz. Winehouse was the younger of two children of Mitchell Winehouse, a taxi driver, and Janis Winehouse (née Seaton), a pharmacist. Winehouse had an older brother, Alex. Mitchell would constantly sing around the house, often singing Frank Sinatrato young Amy, who also took to a constant habit of singing to the point that teachers found it difficult keeping her quiet in class.

When Winehouse was nine years old, her grandmother, Cynthia, suggested she attend the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School for further training. At age ten, Winehouse founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet 'n' Sour with childhood friend Juliette Ashby. She stayed at the Earnshaw school for four years before seeking full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, but was allegedly expelled at 14 for "not applying herself" and for piercing her nose. With other children from the Sylvia Young School, she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997. She later attended the BRIT School inSelhurst, Croydon[20] and attended Southgate School and Ashmole School.



Amy Winehouse _ Music career

Amy Winehouse Early career

After toying with her brother's guitar, Winehouse received her first guitar when she was 13, and began writing music a year later. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with a jazz band.[4] Her sometimes boyfriend at the time, soul singer Tyler James, sent her demo tape to an A&R person.[14]Winehouse signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Management in 2002. While being developed by the management company, the artist was kept an industry secret.[23] Her future A&R representative at Island/Universal, Darcus Beese, heard her by accident when the manager of The Lewinson Brothers showed him some productions of his clients on which Winehouse featured as vocalist. When he asked who the singer was the manager told him he was not allowed to say. Having decided that he wanted to sign her it took several months of asking around for Beese to eventually discover who the singer was. By this time Winehouse had already recorded a number of songs and signed a publishing deal with EMI. Through the publishers she formed a working relationship with the producer Salaam Remi.[23]

Beese introduced Winehouse to his boss, Nick Gatfield, and the Island head shared his enthusiasm in signing the young artist. Winehouse was signed to Island/Universal as rival interest in Winehouse had started to build, with representatives at EMI and Virgin also starting to make moves. Beese toldHitQuarters that he felt the reason behind the excitement over an artist who was an atypical pop star for the time was due to a backlash against reality TV music shows with audiences becoming starved for genuine young talent.[23]

Amy Winehouse Major label success

Winehouse's debut album, Frank, was released on 20 October 2003. Produced mainly by Salaam Remi, many songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers, every song was co-written by Winehouse. The album received positive reviews[24][25] with compliments over the "cool, critical gaze" in its lyrics[3] and brought comparisons of her voice to Sarah Vaughan,[26] Macy Gray and others.[3]

The album entered the upper levels of the UK album chart in 2004 when it was nominated for BRIT Awards in the categories of "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Urban Act". It went on to achieve platinum sales.[27] Later in 2004, she won the Ivor Novello songwriting Award for Best Contemporary Song, alongside Salaam Remi, with her contribution to the first single, "Stronger Than Me".[28] The album also made the short list for the 2004Mercury Music Prize. In the same year, she performed at the Glastonbury festival, on the Jazzworld stage, and at the V Festival. After the release of the album, Winehouse commented that she was "only 80 percent behind [the] album" because of the inclusion by her record label of certain songs and mixes she disliked.[14]

Amywinehouse International success

In contrast to her jazz-influenced former album, Winehouse's focus shifted to thegirl groups of the 1950s and 1960s. Winehouse hired New York singer Sharon Jones's longtime band, the Dap-Kings to back her up in the studio and on tour.[29] In May 2006, Winehouse's demonstration tracks such as "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" appeared on Mark Ronson's New York radio show on East Village Radio. These were some of the first new songs played on the radio after the release of "Pumps" and both were slated to appear on her second album. The 11-track album was produced entirely by Salaam Remi and Ronson, with the production credits being split between them. Ronson said in a 2010 interview that he liked working with Winehouse because she was blunt when she did not like his work.[30] Promotion of Back to Black soon began, and in early October 2006, Winehouse's official website was re-launched with a new layout and clips of previously unreleased songs.[27] Back to Black was released in the UK on 30 October 2006. It went to number one on the UK Albums Chartnumerous times, and entered at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It was the best-selling album in the UK in 2007, selling 1.85 million copies over the year.[31

The album spawned a number of singles. The first single released from the album was the Ronson-produced "Rehab". The song reached the top ten in the UK and US.[32] Time magazine named "Rehab" the Best Song of 2007. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised Winehouse for her confidence, opining, "What she is mouthy, funny, sultry, and quite possibly crazy" and, "It's impossible not to be seduced by her originality. Combine it with production by Mark Ronson that references four decades worth of soul music without once ripping it off, and you've got the best song of 2007."[33] The album's second single and lead single in the U.S., "You Know I'm No Good", was released in January 2007 with a remix featuring rapvocals by Ghostface Killah. It ultimately reached number 18 on the UK singles chart. The title track, "Back to Black", was released in the UK in April 2007 and peaked at number 25, but was more successful across mainland Europe.[34]"Tears Dry on Their Own", "Love Is a Losing Game" and "Just Friends" were also released as singles, but failed to achieve the same level of success.[35]

A deluxe edition of Back to Black was also released on 5 November 2007 in the UK. The bonus disc features B-sides, rare, and live tracks, as well as "Valerie". Winehouse's debut DVD I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London was released the same day in the U.K. and 13 November in the U.S. It includes a live set recorded at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and a 50-minute documentary charting the singer's career over the previous four years.[36]Frank was released in the United States on 20 November 2007 to positive reviews.[37][38] The album debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200 chart.[39]In addition to her own album, she has collaborated with other artists on singles. Winehouse was a vocalist on the song "Valerie" on Ronson's solo albumVersion. The song peaked at number two in the UK, upon its October single release. The song was nominated for a 2008 Brit Award for "Best British Single".[40][41][42] Her work with ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, "B Boy Baby," was released on 17 December 2007. It served as the fourth single from Buena's solo debut album Real Girl.[43]

Amy Winehouse Continued success and acclaim

By year's end, Winehouse had garnered numerous accolades and awards. The singer won 2008 Grammy Awards in the categories of Record of the Year,Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Rehab", while her album Back to Black was nominated for Album of the Yearand won the Best Pop Vocal Album award.[44][45] Producer Mark Ronson's work with her won the award in the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category.[46] The singer also earned a Grammy in theBest New Artist category. This earned Winehouse an entry in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Grammy Awards won by a British Female Act.[47] She performed "You Know I’m No Good" and "Rehab" at the awards ceremony via satellite, as her visa approval came through too late for her to travel to the U.S. She said "This is for London because Camden town is burning down," in reference to the Camden Market fire.[48] After the Grammy Awards, album sales increased catapulting Back to Black to number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 after initially peaking at number seven.[49] On 13 January 2008, Back to Black held the number one position on the Billboard Pan European charts for the third straight week.[50] In January 2008, Universal Music International said it believed that there was a correlation between number of albums sold and the extensive media coverage the singer had received.[51

A special deluxe edition of "Back to Black" topped the UK album charts on 2 March 2008. The original edition of the album resided at the number 30 position, in its 68th week on the charts, while "Frank" charted at number 35.[52] By 12 March, the album had sold a total of 2,467,575 copies, 318,350 of those in the previous 10 weeks, putting the album on the UK's top 10 best-selling albums of the 21st century for the first time.[53] On 7 April, "Back to Black" was residing at the top position on the pan-European charts for the sixth consecutive and thirteenth aggregate week.[54] Back to Black was the world's seventh biggest selling album for 2008.[55] These sales helped keep Universal Music's recorded music division from dropping to levels experienced by the overall music market.[56]

At the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards, Winehouse became the first artist to receive two nominations for the top award, best song, musically and lyrically. She won the award for "Love Is a Losing Game" and was nominated for "You Know I'm No Good".[57] "Rehab", a Novello winner for best contemporary song in 2006, also received a 2008 nomination for bestselling British song.[58] Winehouse was nominated for a MTV Europe Award in the Act of The Year category.[59] Amy Winehouse – The Girl Done Good: A Documentary Review, a 78-minute DVD, was released on 14 April 2008. The documentary features interviews with those who knew her at a young age, helped her gain success, jazz music experts, as well as music and pop culture specialists.[60][61] A clip of Winehouse's music is included in the "Roots and Influences" area that looks at connections between different artists at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, which opened in December 2008. One thread starts with Billie Holiday continues with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and finishes with Winehouse.[62] In a poll of United States residents conducted for VisitBritain by Harris Interactive that was released in March 2009, one fifth of those polled indicated they had listened to Winehouse's music during the previous year.[63] Winehouse performed with Rhythms del Mundo on their cover of the Sam Cooke song "Cupid" for an Artists Project Earth benefit album that was released on 13 July 2009.[64][65]

Amy Winehouse Final projects

Winehouse and Mark Ronson contributed a cover of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" to the Quincy Jones tribute album Q Soul Bossa Nostra released November 9, 2010.[66] Winehouse and drummer ?uestlove of the Roots had agreed to form a group. Winehouse's problems obtaining a visa delayed the still unnamed group from working together. Producer Salaam Remi has already created some material with Winehouse as part of the project.[67] According to a newspaper report, Universal Music pressed her regarding new material in 2008. According to that same report Winehouse as of 2 September had not been near a recording studio. It was noted that she had touring obligations during the summer and also that if an album was quickly recorded, it would be at least a year before an album could be released.[56] In late October, Winehouse's spokesman was quoted as saying that Winehouse has not been given a deadline to complete her third album, for which she is learning to play drums.[68]

During her 2009 stay in St. Lucia Winehouse worked on new music with producer Salaam Remi. It was claimed by Island that a new album would be due in 2010, Island co-president Darcus Beese said, "I've heard a couple of song demos that have absolutely floored me".[69] In July 2010 Winehouse was quoted as saying her next album would be released no later than January 2011, which has since passed, saying “It’s going to be very much the same as my second album, where there’s a lot of jukebox stuff and songs that are… just jukebox, really.” Mark Ronson said in July 2010 that he had not started to record the album.[70]

American singer Tony Bennett had chosen Winehouse and several other artists to duet with him on his forthcoming album Duets II (Tony Bennett album) scheduled for 20 September 2011 release.[71]

Amy Winehouse Influence on the music industry

British singer Adele had credited Winehouse's success in the United States for making her and fellow British singer Duffy's journey to the United States "a bit smoother".[72] American singer Lady Gaga credited Winehouse with paving the way for her rise to the top of the charts. She appeared to be using ametaphorical analogy to explain that Winehouse made it easier for unconventional women to have mainstream pop success.[73] The "Winehouse phenomenon" has been credited by Sebastian Danchin, author of Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Soul, of kick-starting a revival of soul music that has been ongoing since 2000. Danchin quoting Raphael Saadiq, Anthony Hamilton, and John Legend said "Amy Winehouse was produced by people who wanted to create a marketing coup. The positive side is that it reacquainted an audience with this music and played an introductory role for others. This reinvigorated the genre by overcoming the vintage aspect".[74]

The release of Back to Black and the emergence of Lily Allen has been credited by The Sunday Times as directly creating the market for the media proclaimed "the year of the women" in 2009 which has seen five female artists nominated for the Mercury Prize. After the album was released record companies sought out female artists with a similar sound and fearless and experimental female musicians in general. Adele and Duffy were the second wave of artists with a sound similar to Winehouse's. A third wave of female musicians that has emerged since the album was released are led by VV Brown,Florence and the Machine, La Roux and Little Boots.[75] In February 2010, rapper Jay-Z credited Winehouse with revitalising British music, saying, "There's a strong push coming out of London right now, which is great. It's been coming ever since I guess Amy (Winehouse). I mean always, but I think Amy, this resurgence was ushered in by Amy."[76] In March 2011 the New York Daily News ran an article attributing the continuing wave of British female artists that have been successful in the United States to Winehouse and her absence.Spin magazine music editor Charles Aaron was quoted as saying "Amy Winehouse was the Nirvana moment for all these women," "They can all be traced back to her in terms of attitude, musical styles or fashion". According to Keith Caulfield chart manager for Billboard "Because of Amy, or the lack thereof, the marketplace was able to get singers like Adele and Duffy," "Now those ladies have brought on the new ones, like Eliza Doolittle, Rumer and Ellie."[77]

Amy Winehouse Live performances

Winehouse toured in conjunction with the Back to Black album's release. She performed headlining gigs in September and November 2006, including one of the Little Noise Sessions charity concerts at the Union Chapel, Islington. On 31 December 2006, Winehouse appeared on Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny and performed a cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" along with Paul Weller and Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. She also performed Toots & the Maytals' "Monkey Man". She began a run of another 14 gigs beginning in February 2007. At his request, Bruce Willis introduced Winehouse before her performance of "Rehab" at the 2007MTV Movie Awards. Winehouse made awards organizers nervous when she went on a Las Vegas jaunt in the hours before the show.[78] During the summer of 2007, Winehouse performed at various festivals, including UK'sGlastonbury Festival,[79] Chicago's Lollapalooza festival, Rock Werchterand Baltimore's Virgin Music Festival.

Winehouse's tour, however, did not go as well. In November 2007, the opening night of a 17-date tour was marred by booing and walkouts at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. A music critic for the Birmingham Mail said it was "one of the saddest nights of my life...I saw a supremely talented artist reduced to tears, stumbling around the stage and, unforgivably, swearing at the audience."[80] Other concerts ended similarly, with, for example, fans at herHammersmith Apollo performance saying that she "looked highly intoxicated throughout",[81] until she announced on 27 November 2007, that her performances and public appearances were cancelled for the remainder of 2007, citing doctor advice to take a complete rest. A statement issued by concert promoter Live Nation blamed "the rigours involved in touring and the intense emotional strain that Amy has been under in recent weeks" for the decision.[82]

On 20 February 2008, Winehouse performed at the 2008 BRIT Awards, performing "Valerie" with Mark Ronson, followed by "Love Is a Losing Game". She urged the crowd to "make some noise for my Blake."[83] In Paris, she performed what was described as a "well-executed 40 minute" set at the opening of a Fendiboutique.[84] Although her father, manager and various members of her touring team reportedly tried to dissuade her, Winehouse performed at the Rock in Rio Lisboa festival in Portugal in May 2008.[16] Although the set was plagued by a late arrival and problems with her voice, the crowd warmed to her. In addition to her own material she performed two Specials covers.[85] Winehouse performed at Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Party concert at London's Hyde Park on the 27 June,[86] and the next day at the Glastonbury Festival.[87] On 12 July at the Oxegen Festival she performed a well-received 50 minute set[88] which was followed the next day by a 14 song set at T in the Park.[89] On 16 August she played at the Staffordshire leg of the V Festival, and the following day played the Chelmsford leg of the festival. Organizers said that Winehouse attracted the biggest crowds of the festival. Audience reaction was reported as mixed.[90] On 6 September she was the headliner at 'Bestival'. She performed what was described as a polished set which ended with her storming off the stage. Her hour late arrival caused her set to be cut off at the halfway point due to a curfew.[91]

In May 2009, Winehouse returned to performing at a jazz festival in St. Lucia amid torrential downpours and technical difficulties. During her hour long set it was reported she was unsteady on her feet and had trouble remembering lyrics. She apologised to the crowd for being "bored" and ended her set by walking off the stage in the middle of a song.[92][93] To a cheering crowd on 23 August at the V festival, Winehouse sang with The Specials on their songs "You're Wondering Now" and "Ghost Town".[94]

In July 2010, she performed "Valerie" with Mark Ronson at a movie premiere. She sang lead but forgot some of the song's lyrics.[70] In October Winehouse performed a four song set to promote her fashion line. In December 2010 Winehouse played a 40 minute concert at a Russian oligarch's party in Moscow. Guests included other Russian tycoons and Russian show business stars. The tycoon hand picked the songs she played.[95]

During January 2011, she played five dates in Brazil, with opening acts ofJanelle Monáe and Mayer Hawthorne.[96][97] On 11 February 2011, Winehouse cut short a performance in Dubai following booing from the audience. Winehouse was reported to be tired, distracted and "tipsy" during the performance.[98]

On 18 June 2011, Winehouse started her 12-leg 2011 European tour in Belgrade. Local media described her performance as a scandal and disaster, and she was booed off the stage due to her apparently being too drunk to perform. It was reported that she was unable to remember the city she was in, the lyrics of her songs or – when trying to introduce them – the names of the members of her band.[99][100] She then pulled out of performances in Istanbul and Athens which had been scheduled for the following week.[101] On 21 June it was announced that she had cancelled all shows of her European tour and would be given "as long as it takes" to sort herself out.[102]

Amy Winehouse Club nights

On 10 July 2008, Winehouse launched her own club night, Snakehips at the Monarch, in the Camden Monarch venue in London. Although billed as a DJ battle between her and another DJ, she stayed behind the decks swaying as another person actually played 1960s music.[103] She appeared at anotherSnakeships event at the Monarch on the night of 11 September. After reportedly arriving two hours late she spun music and played a short acoustic set.[104]

Amy Winehouse Other ventures

Winehouse joined a campaign to stop a block of flats being built beside theGeorge Tavern, a famous London East End music venue. Campaign supporters feared the residential development would end the spot's lucrative sideline as a film and photo location, on which it relies to survive.[105] As part of a breast cancer awareness campaign, Winehouse appeared in a revealing photograph for the April 2008 issue of Easy Living magazine.[106] Winehouse had an estimated £10m fortune, tying her for tenth place in the 2008 Sunday Times listing of the wealth of musicians under age 30.[107] The following year her fortune had dropped to an estimated £5m.[108] Her finances are run by Mitch and Janis Winehouse.[109] It was reported she earned about £1m singing at two private parties during Paris Fashion Week.[110] as well as another £1m to perform at a Moscow Art Gallery for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.[111]Winehouse loaned a vintage dress used in her video for "Tears Dry on Their Own" as well as a DVD to the British Music Experience, a new museum dedicated to the history of British pop music.[112] The museum, located in The O2, opened on 9 March 2009.[113][114]

In January 2009 Winehouse announced that she was launching her own record label. The first act on her Lioness Records is Winehouse's 13-year-old goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield. Bromfield is scheduled to release her first album which features covers of classic soul records on 12 October.[115]Winehouse is the backing singer on several tracks on the album and she performed backing vocals for Bromfield on the television programme Strictly Come Dancing on 10 October.[116] Winehouse and her family are the subject of a 2009 documentary shot by Daphne Barak entitled Saving Amy.[117] She entered into a joint venture in 2009 with EMI to launch a range of wrapping paper and gift cards containing song lyrics from her album Back to Black.[118] On 8 January 2010 a television documentary My Daughter Amy aired on Channel 4.[119] Saving Amy was released as a paperback book in January 2010.[120]Winehouse has collaborated on a 17 piece fashion collection with the Fred Perry label. It was released for sale in October 2010. According to Fred Perry's marketing director "We had three major design meetings where she was closely involved in product style selection and the application of fabric, colour and styling details,” and gave "crucial input on proportion, colour and fit”. The collection consists of "vintage-inspired looks including capri pants, a bowling dress, a trench coat, pencil skirts, a longline argyle sweater and a pink-and-black checkerboard-printed collared shirt".[121][122]

Amy Winehouse Personal life

In the years before her death, there were many paparazzi-published photographs of Winehouse. The singer obtained an injunction against them under theProtection from Harassment Act 1997.[123] The court order banned a leading paparazzi agency from following her. Photographers were also banned from following her within 100 metres of her home and photographing Winehouse in her home or the home of her friends and family. According to a newspaper report, sources close to the singer said legal action was taken out of concern for the safety of Winehouse and those close to her.[123]

Amy Winehouse Relationships

Winehouse married on-off boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil (born August 1978), a former video production assistant.[124] on 18 May 2007, in Miami, Florida. Fielder-Civil was a "dropout" of Bourne Grammar School, who moved to London at aged 16 from his native Lincolnshire.[16] In a June 2007 interview, Winehouse admitted she could be violent towards him when she had been drinking.[125] In August 2007, they were photographed, bloodied and bruised, in the streets of London after an alleged fight, although she contended her injuries were self-inflicted.[126] Winehouse's parents and in-laws publicly reported their numerous concerns, citing fears that the two might commit suicide, with Fielder-Civil's father encouraging fans to boycott her music.[127] Fielder-Civil was quoted in a British tabloid as saying he introduced her to crack cocaine andheroin.[128] During a visit with Mitch Winehouse at the prison in July 2008, Fielder-Civil reportedly said that they would cut themselves to ease the pain ofwithdrawal.[16]

From 21 July 2008 to 25 February 2009, Fielder-Civil was imprisoned following his guilty plea on charges of trying to pervert the course of justice as well as a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.[129][130][131] The incident, in July 2007, involved an assault on a pub landlord that resulted in a broken cheek.[132] According to the prosecution the landlord accepted £200,000 as part of a deal to "effectively throw the [court] case and not turn up". The prosecution testified that the money used to pay off the landlord belonged to Winehouse,.”[133] but that Winehouse pulled out of a meeting with the men involved in the plot, because she had to attend an awards ceremony.[134]

Winehouse was spotted with aspiring actor Josh Bowman on holiday in St. Lucia in early January 2009, saying she was "in love again, and I don't need drugs."[135] She commented that the "whole marriage was based on doing drugs" and that "for the time being I've just forgotten I'm even married."[135] On 12 January, Winehouse's spokesman confirmed that "papers have been received" for what Fielder-Civil's solicitor has said is divorce proceedings based on a claim of adultery.[136][137] On 25 February, Blake Fielder-Civil was quoted as saying that he planned to continue divorce proceedings to give himself a drug-free fresh start.[131] In March Winehouse was quoted in a magazine as saying, "I still love Blake and I want him to move into my new house with me — that was my plan all along ... I won't let him divorce me. He's the male version of me and we're perfect for each other."[138] Uncontested,[139] the divorce was granted on 16 July 2009, and became final on 28 August 2009.[139] Upon his request Fielder-Civil received no money in the settlement.[140]

Amy Winehouse Substance abuse and mental health issues

Winehouse's battles with substance abuse were the subject of much media attention. In various interviews, she admitted to having problems with self-harm, depression and eating disorders.[4][5] In 2005, she went through a period of drinking, heavy drug use, violent mood swings and weight loss.[16]People who saw her during the end of that year and early 2006 reported a rebound that coincided with the writing of Back to Black.[16] Her family believes that the mid-2006 death of her grandmother, who was a stabilising influence, set her off into addiction.[16] In August 2007, Winehouse cancelled a number of shows in the UK and Europe, citing exhaustion and ill health. She was hospitalised during this period for what was reported as an overdose of heroin,ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol.[141] Winehouse told a magazine that the drugs were to blame for her hospitalisation and that "I really thought that it was over for me then."[142] Soon after, Winehouse's father commented that when he had made public statements regarding her problems, he was using the media because it seemed the only way to get through to her.[143]

On 2 December 2007, images of the singer outside her home in the early morning hours, barefoot and wearing only a bra and jeans, appeared on the internet and in tabloid newspapers. In a statement, her spokesman blamed paparazziharassment for the incident.[144] The spokesman reported that the singer was in a physician-supervised program and was channelling her difficulties by writing a lot of music.[145] The British tabloid The Sun posted a video of a woman, alleged to be Winehouse, apparently smoking crack cocaine and speaking of having taken ecstasy and valium. Winehouse's father moved in with her,[146] and Island Records, her record label, announced the abandonment of plans for an American promotion campaign on her behalf.[147]In late January 2008, Winehouse reportedly entered a rehabilitation facility for a two-week treatment program.[148]

On 23 January 2008, the video was passed on to the Metropolitan Police,[147]who questioned her on 5 February.[149] No charges were brought. On 26 March 2008, Winehouse's spokesman said she was "doing well" and denied a published report in a British tabloid that consideration was being given to having her return to rehab.[150] Her record company reportedly believed that her recovery remained fragile.[151] By late April 2008, her erratic behaviour, including an allegation of assault, caused fear that her drug rehabilitation efforts have been unsuccessful,[152] leading to efforts by Winehouse's father and manager to seek assistance in having her sectioned.[153] Her dishevelled appearance during and after a scheduled club night in September sparked new rumors of a relapse. Photographers were quoted as saying she appeared to have cuts on her legs and arms.[104]

In an interview released in June 2009 Winehouse's father said the singer was in a drug replacement programme. He said she was gradually recovering but that heavy drinking was causing "slight backward steps". A documentary shot early in 2009 shows Winehouse apparently intoxicated according to a newspaper report.[154] Pictures published by a magazine in July 2009 upon her return to the United Kingdom from her extended stay in St. Lucia appeared to show that Winehouse had gained weight and that her complexion was improved.[155] In an October 2010 interview Winehouse said she had been drug-free for three years, saying "I literally woke up one day and was like, 'I don’t want to do this any more.'”[156]

Winehouse entered the Priory Clinic on 25 May 2011, where she stayed for one week.[157]

Amy Winehouse Legal problems

In October 2007, Winehouse and her then-husband were arrested in Bergen, Norway for possession of seven grams of marijuana. The couple were later released and fined 3850 kroner (around £350).[158] Winehouse first appealedthe fines, claiming she was "duped" into confessing,[158][159] but later dropped the appeal.[160]

On 26 April 2008, Winehouse was cautioned after she admitted to police she slapped a man in the face, a "common assault" offence. She voluntarily turned herself in and was held overnight. Police said, at her arrival she was "in no fit state" to be interviewed.[161] Winehouse was arrested on 7 May 2008 on suspicion of possessing drugs after a video of her apparently smoking crack cocaine was passed to the police in January,[162] but was released on bail a few hours later because they could not confirm, from the video, what she was smoking.[141][163]The Crown Prosecution Service considered charging her with possessing acontrolled drug and allowing her premises to be used for the supply by others of a controlled drug, but she was cleared when the service could not establish that the substance in the video was a controlled drug.[164] In reaction to the decision, former police commander John O’Connor said it is an "absolute scandal that nothing could be done" about Winehouse "cooking a snook at the law".[165]Some members of Parliament also reacted negatively.[165][166] Two London residents were subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and ecstasy to Winehouse.[167] One of the pair was sentenced to two years in prison on 13 December 2008, while the other received a two-year community order.[168]

On 5 March 2009, Winehouse was arrested and charged with common assault following a claim by a woman that Winehouse hit her in the eye at a September 2008 Prince's Trust charity ball.[169] At the same time, she was reported to have spat at the English socialite Pippa Middleton and to have headbutted a photographer.[170] Winehouse's spokesperson announced the singer cancelled a scheduled United States Coachella Festival appearance in "light of current legal issues".[171] Swearing in under her legal name of Amy Jade Civil, Winehouse appeared in court on 17 March to enter her plea of not guilty.[172] On 23 July her assault trial began with prosecutor Lyall Thompson charging that Winehouse acted with "deliberate and unjustifiable violence" while appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or another substance. The woman, Sharene Flash, testified that Winehouse "punched me forcefully in my right eye. She used a fist, her right one.” Winehouse testified that she did not punch Flash, but tried to push Flash away from her because she was scared of Flash. Winehouse cited her worry that Flash would sell her story to a tabloid, Flash's height advantage, and Flash's "rude" behaviour as reasons for her fear of Flash.[173][174]On the 24 July, District Judge Timothy Workman ruled that Winehouse was not guilty of the charge. Workman cited the facts that all but two of the witnesses were intoxicated at the time of the incident and that medical evidence did not show "the sort of injury that often occurs when there is a forceful punch to the eye".[175]

On 19 December 2009, Winehouse was arrested again on charges of common assault, plus another charge of public order offence. Winehouse assaulted the front-of-house manager of the Milton Keynes Theatre after he asked her to move from her seat.[176] On 20 January 2010, she admitted common assault and disorderly behaviour. She was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 court costs and £100 compensation to the man she attacked.[177]

Amy Winehouse Health problems

On 23 June 2008, Winehouse's publicist corrected earlier misstatements by Mitch Winehouse that his daughter had a small amount of emphysema, instead claiming she had signs of what could lead to early-stage emphysema.[178] Mitch Winehouse had also stated that his daughter's lungs are operating at 70 percent capacity and that she had an irregular heartbeat. Mitch Winehouse said that these problems were caused by her chain smoking and crack cocaine use. The singer’s father also reported that doctors have warned Winehouse that, if she continued smoking crack cocaine, she would have to wear an oxygen mask and would eventually die.[179] In a radio interview, Mitch Winehouse said the singer is responding "fabulously" to treatment which includes being covered with nicotine patches.[180] British Lung Foundation spokesman Keith Prowse noted this type of condition can be managed with treatment. Prowse also said the condition is not normal for a person her age but "heavy smoking and inhaling other substances like drugs can age the lungs prematurely".[181] Norman H. Edelman of the American Lung Association explained that if she stopped smoking, her lung functions would decline at the rate of a normal person, but continued smoking would lead to a more rapid decline in lung function.[182] Photographs of the singer with a cigarette in her mouth, taken 23 June 2008, were widely published.[183]

Winehouse was released from The London Clinic 24 hours after returning from a temporary leave to perform at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday and at a concert in Glastonbury, and continued receiving treatment as anoutpatient.[184] On 23 July Winehouse stated that she had been diagnosed with "some areas of emphysema" and said she is getting herself together by "eating loads of healthy food, sleeping loads, playing my guitar, making music and writing letters to my husband every day".[185] Winehouse began precautionary testing on her lungs and chest on 25 October 2008[186] at the London Clinic for what was reported as a chest infection. Winehouse was in and out of the facility and was granted permission to set her own schedule regarding home leave.[68]She returned to the hospital on 23 November 2008 for a reported reaction to her medication.[187]

Amy WinehouseDeath

At 3:54 pm BST (2:54 UTC) on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's home in Camden, London.[188] Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed her death.[189][190] There is currently an open investigation to determine the cause of death, which is described by police as unexplained.[191] After her death was announced, media and camera crews appeared as crowds gathered near Winehouse’s residence to pay their respects. Forensic investigators entered the flat as police cordoned off the street outside. Her record label Universal, released a statement that read in part “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer”[192] [193]

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, 2011.[194]

Amy Winehouse Controversy

Winehouse's dichotomous public image of critical and commercial success versus personal turmoil proved to be controversial. The New Statesmanmagazine called Winehouse "a filthy-mouthed, down-to-earth diva,"[195] whileNewsweek magazine called her "a perfect storm of sex kitten, raw talent and poor impulse control."[196] Karen Heller with The Philadelphia Inquirersummarised the maelstrom this way:

She's only 24 with six Grammy nods, crashing headfirst into success and despair, with a codependent husband in jail, exhibitionist parents with questionable judgement, and the paparazzi documenting her emotional and physical distress. Meanwhile, a haute designer Karl Lagerfeldappropriates her dishevelled style and eating issues to market to the elite while proclaiming her the new Bardot.[197]

By 2008, her continued drug problems threatened her career. Even as Nick Gatfield, the president of Island Records, toyed with the idea of releasing Winehouse "to deal with her problems", he remarked on her talent, saying, "It’s a reflection of her status [in the U.S.] that when you flick through the TV coverage [of the Grammys] it’s her image they use."[147] Post-Grammys, some questioned whether Winehouse should have been honoured with the awards given her recent personal and drug problems,[198][199][200] including Natalie Cole, who introduced Winehouse at the ceremony. Cole (who battled her own substance-abuse problems while winning a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1975[201]) remarked, "I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it's not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too. She needs to get herself together."[201] In an opinion newspaper commentary, Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said that the alleged drug habits of Winehouse and other celebrities sends a bad message "to others who are vulnerable to addiction" and undermines the efforts of other celebrities trying to raise awareness of problems in Africa, now that more cocaine used in Europe passes through Africa.[202] Winehouse's spokesperson called Costa a "ludicrous man" and noted that "Amy has never given a quote about drugs or flaunted it in any way. She's had some problems and is trying to get better. The U.N. should get its own house in order."[203] Graeme Pearson, the former head of Scotland's drug enforcement agency, criticised Winehouse and Kate Moss for making going to rehab a badge of honour, thus giving the false impression that quitting drugs is easy, because many can not afford to go to clinics.[204]

Winehouse has become a staple in popularity polls. The 2008 NME Awardsnominated Winehouse in the categories of "Villain of the Year", "Best Solo Artist", and "Best Music DVD"; Winehouse won for "Worst Dressed Performer".[205][206] In its third annual list, Glamour magazine named Winehouse the third worst dressed British Woman.[207] Winehouse was ranked number two on Richard Blackwell's 48th annual "Ten Worst Dressed Women" list, behind Victoria Beckham.[208] In an April 2008 poll conducted by Sky News, Winehouse was named the second greatest "ultimate heroine" by the UK population at large, topping the voting for that category of those polled under 25 years old.[209] Psychologist Donna Dawson commented that the results demonstrate women like Winehouse who have "a certain sense of vulnerability or have had to fight against some adversity in their lives” receive recognition.[209] Winehouse was voted the second most hated personality in the United Kingdom in a poll conducted one month later by Marketingmagazine.[210]

June 2008 brought a report that Winehouse, singing a disparaging chant about blacks, the disabled, and homosexuals, and containing racial epithets about Pakistanis and Indians, was taped by her former husband Fielder-Civil, despite assurances to her that he was not filming.[211] Winehouse denied allegations that she was a racist, saying "I don't want to play anything down, but I'm the least racist person going."[211] Winehouse added that the film was taken during "really, really happy times."[211] Speaking at a discussion entitled Winehouse or White House?: Do we go too big on showbiz news? Jeff Zycinski, head of BBC Radio Scotland, said the BBC and media in general were complicit in the destruction of celebrities like Winehouse. He said that public interest in the singer's lifestyle does not make her lifestyle newsworthy. Rod McKenzie editor of the BBC Radio One program Newsbeat replied that "If you play [Amy Winehouse's] music to a certain demographic, those same people want to know what's happening in her private life. If you don't cover it, you're insulting young license fee payers."[212] British singer and songwriter Lily Allen was quoted in a Scottish newspaper as saying "I know Amy Winehouse very well. And she is very different to what people portray her as being. Yes, she does get out of her mind on drugs sometimes, but she is also a very clever, intelligent, witty, funny person who can hold it together. You just don't see that side".[213]

Amy Winehouse Artistic impressions

London's Mall Galleries opened an exhibition in May 2008 that included a sculpture of Winehouse, entitled Excess. The piece, created by Guy Portelli, had a miniature of the singer lying on top of a cracked champagne bottle, with a pool of spilled liquid underneath. The body was covered with what appeared to be tiny pills, while one outstretched hand held a glass. Another piece, a print entitled "Celebrity 1" by artist Charlotte Suckling, was exhibited in the same exhibition.[214] A wax sculpture of Winehouse went on display at the LondonMadame Tussauds on 23 July 2008. The singer did not attend the unveiling, although her parents did.[215] A sculpture by Marco Perego, entitled "The Only Good Rock Star Is a Dead Rock Star", that depicts Winehouse lying in a pool of blood with an apple and a bullet hole in her head after being shot by American novelist and beat poet William S. Burroughs (in a recreation of the accidental killing of his wife Joan Vollmer[216]),[unreliable source?] was scheduled to go on display in New York’s Half Gallery on 14 November 2008. The sale price for the sculpture is listed at US $100,000. Perego said of the sculpture "Rock stars are the sacrificial animals of society." Winehouse’s spokesperson said "It’s a funny kind of tribute. The artist seems in thrall to a tabloid persona that is not the real Amy. People often use her image to sell their work."[217][dead link]

Amy Winehouse Discography

During her career, Winehouse created two studio albums and ten singles. Her debut album, Frank, released in October 2003, peaked at number thirteen on theUK Album Chart, but none of the four singles released from the album managed to reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. Her second album, Back to Black, was released in October 2006 and went to number one in the UK and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States. The album was certified five-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industryand it was the best-selling album of 2007 in the UK. The first single from the album, "Rehab", peaked at number seven in the UK, and number nine on theBillboard Hot 100 in the US. The album's second single, "You Know I'm No Good" reached number eighteen in the UK. Other singles were the title-track, "Back to Black", "Tears Dry on Their Own" and "Love Is a Losing Game". A special deluxe edition of the album was released in the UK in November 2007 and also topped the charts. By mid-2009 Back to Black had sold a total of 2,985,303 copies and was the eighteenth biggest seller ever in the UK.[218]

Winehouse collaborated with other artists, including as a vocalist on the song "Valerie" on Mark Ronson's solo album, Version. The song peaked at number two in the UK. She also collaborated with ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, on "B Boy Baby," from Buena's solo album, Real Girl.

Amy Winehouse Albums
Amy Winehouse Singles

Winehouse's singles were as follows:

Awards and nominations

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Diana Remembered Part  One

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Burrell: MI5 Linked to Diana's Death London Mirror | May 6 2004








na: The Night She Died



A FRIEND of Princess Diana has told how she had a car crash two years before she died which she blamed on sabotage.

Diana was pregnant when she died

Princess Diana was pregnant at the time of her death in a road accident in Paris six years ago, a media report said in London on Sunday.

Diana's death likened to MI6 plot

British and American security services were monitoring Diana and Dodi in the month leading up to their deaths and that Henri Paul may have been an MI6 informant.


'Diana and Dodi were watched'

Security services were monitoring Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed in the month before their death, a Scottish court has heard.


Diana 'feared for her life'

Diana, the late Princess of Wales, feared for her life, close friend Roberto Devorik, an Argentine fashion impresario and designer, has revealed.


Diana: The Real Reason Stores Are Pulling The Globe?
Story of William's revenge quickly being removed from the shelves

Di's hoard of secret videos destroyed  Secret confessional videos made by Diana, Princess of Wales - which would have caused huge embarrassment to the royal family if they had been made public - have been destroyed


Court fight over Diana videos:

The royal family today faces a deepening crisis after the emergence of up to 20 secret videos in which Princess Diana lays bare her troubled marriage to Prince Charles.

Lady Diana's Secret Video Diary Reveals Her Grave Concerns About 'Assassination by Motor Vehicle':

Britain's senior intelligence service, MI6, has briefed the Queen about secret video cassettes Princess Diana made three months after she wrote the letter in which she predicted she would be murdered in a car crash made to look like an "accident."




Diana murder plot name in letter revealed to be Prince Charles


London Mirror

PRINCESS Diana believed Prince Charles wanted her killed in an accident when she was plagued by anxiety and feared for her safety.

She told of her worries in her now infamous note which she handed to butler Paul Burrell as "insurance" on the day she wrote it in October 1996, 10 months before she died in a Paris car crash.

Burrell censored the note when he disclosed its existence in his book last year by blanking the words "my husband" from the text.

The full text, revealed for the first time, now reads: "This particular phase of my life is the most dangerous - my husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure & serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry."


The Daily Mirror - not Burrell - has decided to publish the blanked out name because it will inevitably 
appear in the public domain.

Burrell is prepared to hand the note to the coroner probing the deaths of Diana and boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed whose inquests open today.

By bringing the text to light he is honouring a long-standing promise to co-operate fully with the inquiries.

Speaking at his home in Farndon, Cheshire, Burrell - known by Diana as her "rock" - said yesterday: "This matter has to be handled with great sensitivity and I have genuine concerns about that.

"I reproduced only a portion of that letter in my book to provide further force to the argument that an inquest must be held.

"To that end, the document has fulfilled its main purpose.

"I'll do what I've always said I'll do, and provide the coroner with every possible assistance where the information I know is relevant to his investigations."

Royal coroner Michael Burgess has already written to Burrell asking for the document to be handed over for examination.

The former butler is happy for Mr Burgess to see the entire contents.

He is due to meet his lawyers this week and will then be questioned about the correspondence. No decision over whether the letter will be regarded as evidence will be made until the coroner has viewed its contents.

A source said: "Mr Burgess will take nothing on face value, and he'll question Mr Burrell very closely over its contents and how it came to be in his possession. It will be a matter handled with great sensitivity and care."

Mr Burgess has yet to decide what witnesses and evidence will be deemed admissable at the full inquests. But Burrell is widely expected to be a key witness.

The sensational development once again puts Charles's relationship with his companion Camilla Parker Bowles in the spotlight. It again focuses attention on Diana's anxieties over her ex-husband in the year before her death.

It also renews attention on the conspiracy theories swirling round Diana's death in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris.

These theories were fuelled by the haunting similarities between her own prediction and the 1997 crash.

Speculation raged over the the blanked-out name in the letter published in Burrell's book, A Royal Duty, which was exclusively serialised in the Mirror. At the time, the passage appeared as: "********* is planning 'an accident' in my car... in order to make the path clear for Charles to marry."

Burrell had instructed his publishers Penguin to replace the word "him" with "Charles" to protect the prince's interests.

He said in his book: "I will never say what those blacked-out words say... deciding what to do with it (the letter) has been a source of much soul-searching.

"I agree that it may be futile in what it achieves because it can do no more than provide yet another question mark. But if that question mark leads to an inquest... it will have achieved something."

Burrell has revealed that at the time the letter was written Diana was plagued by insecurities and even believed her Kensington Palace apartments were bugged.

Her marriage had ended only two months before. Though she had negotiated an estimated £17million settlement, the princess was devastated at losing her HRH title. Charles had admitted conducting an affair with Camilla, saying he committed adultery only after his marriage became "irretrievably broken down, us both having tried".

Today, Camilla is the prince's accepted companion. She lives with him at his London home, Clarence House, and his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove. She has also accompanied him on semi-official engagements.

Diana's friends have always said that in the months leading up to her death she had resolved her differences with Charles and was looking forward to them becoming friends. Burrell said in the Mirror the letter provided "evidence of the state of the princess's mind in the final months of her life".

He admitted it increased huge public interest which was "crying out for a full examination of the facts".

Mr Burgess announced that an inquest would be opened into Diana's death two months after Burrell's sensational book was published.

The hearing will open at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre, in Westminster, Central London. An inquest on Dodi, who lived at Oxted, Surrey, will open in the afternoon at Reigate. Mr Burgess is expected to announce the scope of his hearings and the course his investigation will take before full inquests are held later in the year.

The coroner will first have to digest a 6,000-page police report and secret evidence from the French inquiry into the princess's death held by judge Herve Stephan. First evidence is not likely to be heard before the autumn.

Diana, 36, and Dodi died in the early hours of August 31, 1997, when a Mercedes driven by chauffeur Henri Paul careered out of control and smashed into a concrete pillar. The 1999 French inquiry said the crash was an accident caused by chauffeur Paul being high on drink and drugs.

Dodi's father, Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, believes his son and the princess were murdered, and has spent thousands of pounds pursuing his own investigations.

Diana's family do not believe the theories. Her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, accepted the French inquiry findings "without reservation".


Diana's lost ear-ring 'found in car' say police
An ear-ring worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, at the time of her fatal car crash in Paris is reported to have been found by police in the wreckage of the vehicle. The ear-ring was originally believed to have been lost in the aftermath of the accident on August 31. The Press Association is reporting police sources as saying the ear-ring has been discovered in the Mercedes' dashboard by scientific experts at a laboratory near Paris. The Princess died alongside her companion, Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul in the accident in a tunnel in central Paris. The criminal investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.




Princess Diana Predicted Her Own Assassination

Paul Joseph Watson

British newspapers today broke the astounding story of how Princess Diana wrote that she would be killed in an incident made to look like a car accident ten months before her death.

The princess predicted: “This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous.” She said "XXXXXXXXXXX is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for Charles to marry”.

The blanked out 'xxxxxxx' is very likely to be MI5/MI6, who also recently did the dirty work of finishing off David Kelly.

When Paul Burrell, Diana's former butler first hit the headlines last year I knew he still had something to say about Diana's death. It was likely that Burrell sought to wrap himself in as much publicity as possible to protect himself against a similar fate.

Of course we've known for years that Diana's death couldn't have been anything but an assassination.

- The unscheduled journey through the symbolic Pont de L'Alma tunnel (an ancient Pagan sacrificial site) took Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed AWAY FROM their intended destination, Dodi's flat.

- Just before the car entered the tunnel every police radio in Paris mysteriously died, preventing a quick response which could have saved Diana's life.

- Just before the car entered the tunnel every security camera in the tunnel mysteriously died, preventing us from ever seeing footage of what caused the crash.

- Eyewitnesses reported snipers and gunfire within the tunnel.

These are just a few snippets from a mountain of evidence that this was an old-school hit.

Diana was killed because she was pregnant with Dodi's child and the British Royal Family didn't want an Arab in their sacred bloodline. Diana herself remarked to reporters that there would be 'a big surprise' from her a few days before her death.

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US Spy Tapes Reveal Diana Was Pregnant 

by GORDON THOMAS

EXPLOSIVE tapes on the secret life of Princess Diana will prove that she was pregnant and intended to marry Dodi Al Fayed, it was claimed last night. 

American secret agents regularly monitored Diana's conversations and collated 1,000 secret documents using its "spy in the sky", the National Security Agency. 

They were obtained by its Echelon satellite surveillance system and contain highly sensitive material including her marriage plans, her views on Prince Philip, who was known to be highly critical of her, and new details of her love affair with James Hewitt. Now, lawyers acting for Mohamed Al Fayed are trying to obtain the tapes through America's Freedom of Information Act. 

They hope to present the evidence at Diana's inquest, which is expected to take place next year. 

The covert monitoring was controlled from the ultra-secret NSA base at Menwith Hill in the north of England during the last weeks of Diana's affair with Dodi. 

A spokesman for Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, the millionaire owner of Harrods, said: "Mr Al Fayed believes that those intercepts will reveal conversations in which Princess Diana discussed her engagement to Dodi and her pregnancy.


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Of course, this wasn't the only reason. Diana was a painful thorn in the side of the elitists with her ability to take any issue and immediately bring it to the forefront of public attention. In a way she was like David Kelly, a disgruntled former employee who knew too much and had too big a chip on her shoulders to be tolerated.

I look forward to the long-awaited inquest and further revelations from the brave Paul Burrell to further destroy the establishment media's wild and unsusbstantiated theory that Diana's death was an accident caused by a drunk driver.

Keep your eyes open and turn the television off.
Paul Joseph Watson.

Diana 'feared car accident plot'

Princess Diana feared the brakes of her car were going to be tampered with, 10 months before she died in a crash in Paris, her former butler has claimed.

DIANA LETTER SENSATION: 'THEY WILL TRY TO KILL ME'

PRINCESS DIANA claimed there was a plot to kill her in a car crash in a handwritten letter only 10 months before she died. She gave it to her butler Paul Burrell with orders that he should keep it as "insurance" for the future.


ROYAL WARNED DI: YOU ARE BEING SPIED ON

PAUL'S DAD: OUR SON WAS INNOCENT

THE parents of chauffeur Henri Paul were still insisting yesterday their son was not responsible for the crash which killed Princess Diana

DI TOLD ME SHE WAS IN DANGER
DIANA confided in a royal biographer that she feared for her life just two months before her death. Ingrid Seward was told by Diana that she felt her life had been in danger, in a heart-to-heart chat at Kensington Palace.


Royal Conspiracy: Princess Diana Names Her Killer
Did Princess Diana know who was plotting to kill her? Diana gave a handwritten letter to her butler Paul Burrell, 10 months before she died, to keep as "insurance" for the future. In the letter, revealed in Burrell's book "A Royal Duty," the princess knew she was marked as an "inconvenient woman."

Diana murder plot name in letter revealed to be Prince Charles

PRINCESS Diana believed Prince Charles wanted her killed in an accident when she was plagued by anxiety and feared for her safety.She told of her worries in her now infamous note which she handed to butler Paul Burrell as "insurance" on the day she wrote it in October 1996, 10 months before she died in a Paris car crash.Burrell censored the note when he disclosed its existence in his book last year by blanking the words "my husband" from the text.


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A FRIEND of Princess Diana has told how she had a car crash two years before she died which she blamed on sabotage.

Diana was pregnant when she died

Princess Diana was pregnant at the time of her death in a road accident in Paris six years ago, a media report said in London on Sunday.

Diana's death likened to MI6 plot

British and American security services were monitoring Diana and Dodi in the month leading up to their deaths and that Henri Paul may have been an MI6 informant.


'Diana and Dodi were watched'

Security services were monitoring Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed in the month before their death, a Scottish court has heard.


Diana 'feared for her life'

Diana, the late Princess of Wales, feared for her life, close friend Roberto Devorik, an Argentine fashion impresario and designer, has revealed.


Diana: The Real Reason Stores Are Pulling The Globe?
Story of William's revenge quickly being removed from the shelves


Di's hoard of secret videos destroyed

Secret confessional videos made by Diana, Princess of Wales - which would have caused huge embarrassment to the royal family if they had been made public - have been destroyed.

Court fight over Diana videos:

The royal family today faces a deepening crisis after the emergence of up to 20 secret videos in which Princess Diana lays bare her troubled marriage to Prince Charles.


Lady Diana's Secret Video Diary Reveals Her Grave Concerns About 'Assassination by Motor Vehicle':

Britain's senior intelligence service, MI6, has briefed the Queen about secret video cassettes Princess Diana made three months after she wrote the letter in which she predicted she would be murdered in a car crash made to look like an "accident."


48 Hours reports on confidential police documents and new forensic clues about the death of Princess Diana.  (CBS/AP)

Diana: Secret Documents Revealed

48 Hours Investigates

Truth About Death Of Princess Diana

April 21, 2004



48 Hours reports on confidential police documents and new forensic clues about the death of Princess Diana.  (CBS/AP)
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(CBS) In life, it was Princess Diana’s vibrancy and glamour that captured the world’s attention. Today, it is the mystery surrounding her death. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. “She was convinced she was going to be killed,” says Diana’s old friend, Argentinean businessman Roberto Deverik, who recalls Diana often speaking of murderous plots against her. “She said, ‘When it's not convenient anymore, I will-- they will blow me in a car or in a helicopter.’" The questions and puzzles remain nearly seven years

Al Fayed
(CBS) In life, it was Princess Diana’s vibrancy and glamour that captured the world’s attention. Today, it is the mystery surrounding her death. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. “She was convinced she was going to be killed,” says Diana’s old friend, Argentinean businessman Roberto Deverik, who recalls Diana often speaking of murderous plots against her. “She said, ‘When it's not convenient anymore, I will-- they will blow me in a car or in a helicopter.’" The questions and puzzles remain nearly seven years after Diana’s tragic death in a Paris tunnel. Billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has relentlessly accused the British government of orchestrating the death of Princess Diana, and his son, Dodi. Al Fayed, who has refused numerous requests to talk to 48 Hours, believes that his son and Diana were killed in order to prevent the princess from marrying his son, a Muslim, and having his child. Conspiracy theories continued because the details of the French probe into the accident were never made public. But 48 Hours has obtained a report produced by the French government that was never made public until now. The report contains thousands of pages of confidential police documents, scientific analysis and images that tell what really happened to Princess Diana, beginning with the night she died. ”As I approached the tunnel, I saw smoke in the middle of the tunnel,” recalls Frederick Maillez, a doctor who told French authorities that he was driving through the Alma Tunnel in Paris that night -- moments after the Mercedes carrying Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed crashed into a pillar. “I went to the wreckage to see what was going on inside,” says Maillez, who tended to the seriously injured princess after the crash. “I can tell you her face was still beautiful. She didn’t have any injuries, main injury on her face. She was unconscious. She didn’t speak at all.” Eerie black and white photos, taken just moments after the crash, have never been shown until now. Part of the official report, they were confiscated from the paparazzi who were chasing the couple that night. "You could absolutely tell it was her. She was a pretty woman, and even a few hours before she died, she’s still pretty,” says lawyer Virginie Bardet, who saw the confidential French dossier when she defended three of the seven photographers who were initially accused of causing the accident. “The investigation is important,” she says. Family and associates of Princess Diana expressed anger Thursday at the use of the photos taken moments after a car accident. Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, said he was sickened by the action. "Lord Spencer and his family are shocked and sickened by CBS' actions," said a brief statement released by the family. Outrage focused on two back and white photos taken by paparazzi at the scene, showing an unconscious Diana being treated by a doctor as she lay slumped in the back of a car. They were included in a confidential French investigators' file on the accident, but no major media outlet had previously run pictures of the injured princess. Britain's tabloid newspapers gave the story prominent, outraged coverage on Thursday. CBS News released an official statement Wednesday: Tonight's (21) edition of 48 Hours Investigates is a one-hour report on Princess Diana that addresses the circumstances surrounding her death almost seven years ago. Included in the broadcast is information from a 4,000-page confidential French government report on Diana's death obtained by 48 Hours Investigates. In addition to important information that dispels many of the rumors and allegations surrounding her death, photocopies of photos from the French government report taken at the scene of the crash also will be included in the broadcast. These photocopies are placed in journalistic context -- an examination of the medical treatment given to Princess Diana just after the crash -- and are in no way graphic or exploitative. The French investigation is clear: The crash was an accident, and not the fault of the photographers or foreign intelligence agents. Instead, it was the fault of Henri Paul, the driver of Diana’s car, who was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs. Paul, who was driving at nearly twice the speed limit, nicked a Fiat Uno, lost control of the car and smashed into a pillar. French authorities, however, were wrong if they thought their account of the crash would put the matter to rest. This past January, the British government opened its own investigation into the accident. One claim that Al Fayed has made is that Paul wasn’t drunk at all that night – but that the French switched the blood samples either by accident or on purpose. 48 Hours provided the forensic data from the French dossier to Dr. Robert Forrest, one of England’s leading forensic toxicologists, to see if he could find any evidence of a mistake or a cover-up. “This is the first time I have seen these data and it has been absolutely fascinating,” says Forrest. The dossier documents that multiple tests were conducted on blood, hair and tissue. Paul’s body was also photographed and identified by an ankle tag, #2147 – the same number listed on the samples. “There is nothing in the trail of evidence, which suggests there is anything funny about the way in which the samples have been taken,” says Forrest, who adds he didn’t see any sign of a conspiracy. Not only do the tests indicate three times the legal limit of alcohol in Paul’s system at the time of the accident, Forrest says, they also indicate an alarming amount of various prescription drugs: “Let me put it this way. If I knew that I was going to be driven by someone in that condition, I would not get into the car with them. No way.” This evidence disproves Al Fayed's allegations and proves that there is no question that Paul was drunk. But was he paid by British intelligence services to help kill Princess Diana? And what about Al Fayed’s claim that the princess was killed because she was pregnant? This past January, The London Mirror reported that just months before her death, she had written a note saying, “My husband is planning an accident in my car – brake failure and serious injury.” How real were her fears? Did someone tamper with the Mercedes to make it appear like an accident? 48 Hours took a similar model Mercedes and the analysis contained in the French report to Murray MacKay, one of Europe’s most prominent vehicle-safety experts. MacKay says French investigators examined every component of the crashed Mercedes, particularly the brakes, to determine if either a mechanical failure or deadly tampering caused the accident. “I think they did a very thorough job,” says MacKay. “There was nothing wrong with the car at all … the driver was drunk. He was going excessively fast and couldn’t cope.” But the French dossier still raises questions, especially about Paul, the driver who was also chief of security for Mohamed Al Fayed’s Ritz Hotel. We found documents that reveal a number of significant bank deposits in French francs made by Paul, beginning nine months before the crash. French investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact source of the mysterious money, but the dossier reveals that they searched Paul’s home and office, interviewed his friends and associates, and analyzed his phone records. They found no evidence of a conspiracy – even though there was a theory that Paul was a security services informant. “He could have been that, too. But they don’t pay that much money,” says author Tom Bower, who wrote an extensive biography of Mohamed Al Fayed. Bower says Al Fayed would regularly carry large amounts of cash to pay employees and others: “He was a man who handed out, on his own admission, $100,000 pounds a week, sometimes in cash.” The cash was often a bonus, but Bower says that Al Fayed also paid his security men to conduct surveillance of certain guests who stayed at his Ritz Hotel: “He presents himself as such a warm, bubbly, warm, lovable Arab uncle. But in fact, that he was a man who was rather sinister and dangerous. I mean, he was a great friend and a great enemy.” Bower says that Princess Diana, who knew Al Fayed through her father, had also come to rely on him. “She was a lonely woman. He is a terrific seducer of people if he wants to be,” says Bower. “And he gave her what she wanted.” Since her death, Al Fayed has made outrageous claims about his friendship with the princess. But the most controversial is his assertion that Diana was pregnant with his grandchild, which he said in an interview with ABC News last fall. Al Fayed's claims were bolstered by photographs of Diana that show a noticeable bulge. The details of Diana’s autopsy have been a closely guarded secret, but 48 Hours contacted Robert Thompson, who was there. “Any death within the royal family, that was referred to the coroner, would come to us,” he says. And what about claims that Diana was pregnant at the time of her death? Was there any reason to believe that? “The pathologist spoke to me. And he was closer to me than we are to one another, and said to me and to the room at large, ‘Well, she wasn’t pregnant,’” says Thompson. “He divided the womb, looked inside, and was quite certain that this lady in this instance was not pregnant.” And curiously, Al Fayed never mentioned the phone call from Diana about the pregnancy until nearly five years after her death. “He constructed a complete fantasy out of the last hours of Diana’s death and everything else," says Bower. "Completely rubbish.” But what about the photographs that allegedly show a pregnant Princess? They were taken even before she started dating Dodi. Princess Diana was hounded by paparazzi the summer before she died. Photos of Diana were taken by James Andanson, a successful French celebrity photographer. But he found himself in the middle of the French investigation six months after Princess Diana died. Gaskon Sipagholu and his wife, Phyllis, ran the Sipa photo agency in Paris. Andanson was one of their stars. “I never saw in my life, a photographer like him, never. He was working all the time and he was getting very good money,” says Sipagholu. “He was making about $500,000 a year, even more, from his photographs.” Andanson had a chateau in the Loire valley in central France, an apartment in Paris, and drove an expensive BMW. But what brought him to the attention of French authorities was another car he owned: a white Fiat Uno. Was this the same Fiat Uno that was sideswiped by the Mercedes in the tunnel the night Diana died? “It was our investigators, not the French police, who found the Fiat Uno. It was found in a garage in Paris and traced to paparazzi named James Andanson,” says John McNamara, Al Fayed’s former security chief, on the Al Fayed documentary. Al Fayed and McNamara are convinced that some of the paparazzi, and possibly the driver of the white Fiat Uno, were MI-6 agents whose mission was to stop the announcement of the forthcoming engagement. As the car carrying Princess Diana raced into the Paris tunnel, it sideswiped a slow-moving white vehicle. Paint on the Mercedes and debris on the roadway confirm it was a Fiat Uno. But despite a massive search, neither the car nor driver was ever found. Conspiracy theorists believe the driver deliberately caused the crash as part of a plan to kill Princess Diana. And the charge was credible enough that the lead French investigator, Jean Claude Mullez, questioned Andanson. Mullez says that finding the driver of the Fiat Uno has been a challenge. “Andanson wasn’t in Paris,” he says through a translator. “He told me his timetable, we checked it out and found it to be accurate. We determined that he was not in Paris that night.” What’s more, Mullez says, his investigators found Andanson’s car on blocks inoperable. Is it possible that Andanson’s car was the car that was involved in the accident the night that Diana died? “Absolutely impossible," says Mullez. The probe into Andanson and his white Fiat Uno should have stopped there, but three months later, Andanson got into his BMW, drove to the post office to mail a letter, and was never seen again. Hundreds of miles south of Andanson’s home, a farmer discovered a BMW ablaze in a remote forest. An autopsy determined that the driver was Andanson. Two months later, the mystery surrounding his death only deepened. According to Al Fayed’s documentary, three masked men broke into Andanson’s office in Paris and shot the security guard. The burglars spent three hours ransacking the office. Some people at the photo agency actually thought the burglars were from the French security services. But 48 Hours’ investigation led to a very different conclusion. While three gunmen did break into the SIPA photo agency in Paris and a night watchman was shot, the owners of the agency say the thieves were not in search of Andanson’s work. They left that untouched, but they were looking for compromising photos of a French celebrity. As it turns out, Andanson’s mysterious death was not the work of intelligence agents seeking to keep him quiet, but that of a deeply troubled man. “He committed suicide,” says Sipagholu. “This is 100 percent, I am sure.” French investigators found evidence that Andanson had purchased gas in a can at a station the day of his death and that he sent a letter to his old friends, requesting that, from that day on, they send his royalty checks to his wife. However, Al Fayed continues to promote the idea of a murder plot rather than accept the unacceptable - that his son and his employees may have been in part responsible for the death of the beloved princess. “He has a remarkable self interest in maintaining the fiction because he, in the end, is protecting his own reputation and his own culpability in causing the crash,” says Bower. When Princess Diana left the Paris Ritz hotel owned by Al Fayed, it was, after all, his head of security, a drunk Henri Paul, who was behind the wheel. And it was his son, Dodi, who concocted the crazy plan to evade the paparazzi. “I think Mohammed is the architect, the master disseminator, the perpetuator, the fantasist extraordinaire who started this whole ludicrous idea that she was murdered,” says Bower. There will be always be those who wonder. But for French lawyer Virginie Bardet, the trail ends in the tunnel. “The investigation, it’s not to answer all the question, it’s to know why did Lady Diana and Dodi al Fayed died. And this question is answered,” says Bardet. “It’s clear. We know why this Mercedes had an accident. It was because the driver."




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"I want everyone to appreciate that this August will be a very difficult time for myself, my family and for all the families involved in this tragic accident," he said in his first television interview since the crash.

He expressed sympathy with the families of all the victims in the accident.

He said he would continue to co-operate fully with the French accident investigation and had told them all he knows.

He said he had no plans to talk again about the affair until the investigations in France were over "if at all" and stressed that he had not been paid for his television interview.

Bodyguard's pressure

Althorp, where the princess is buried
The BBC royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, said that Mr Rees-Jones had been under enormous pressure to give his version of events.

Since giving up his job with Mohamed al-Fayed, whose son Dodi also died in the accident, he has been working part time in a sports shop in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The royal family will mark the anniversary of the crash on 31 August in private at Balmoral.

A special - and private - service of remembrance will be held for royal household members and former employees and staff of the princess at St James's Palace.

And flags on royal residences and government buildings will fly at half mast on the first anniversary of Diana's death.

The Royal Standard flying at Balmoral will remain at full mast as it is never half-masted, even on the death of the Sovereign. 

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Flags at half-mast for Diana


Flags at royal residences will fly at half mast on August 31 

Flags at royal residences will fly at half-mast in respect for Diana, Princess of Wales on the first anniversary of the death.

The Queen has ruled that all flags at royal residences will be lowered to half-mast on Monday August 31, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The government has decided to follow suit, ordering the move at public buildings.

A palace spokeswoman said: "To mark the first anniversary of the death and as a special mark of respect, the Queen has said that flags at royal residences should be half-masted."

"The government has said it will follow suit."

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Prince William, 16, and Prince Harry, 13, will be attending private family prayers at Crathie Church, Balmoral, the Royals' Scottish estate

 The decision only applies to the first anniversary

 

The prime minister and his wife, who will be guests at Balmoral on the anniversary, will join the royal family at the church service.

A special - and private - service of remembrance will be held for royal household members and former employees and staff of the princess at St James's Palace.

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[ image: An oasis of calm in central London - how the gardens look now][ image: Reassurances: Diana's former butler Paul Burrell][ image: Brian Sewell is an angry Kensington resident]
Flags at royal residences will fly at half mast on August 31 

Flags at royal residences will fly at half-mast in respect for Diana, Princess of Wales on the first anniversary of the death.

The Queen has ruled that all flags at royal residences will be lowered to half-mast on Monday August 31, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The government has decided to follow suit, ordering the move at public buildings.

A palace spokeswoman said: "To mark the first anniversary of the death and as a special mark of respect, the Queen has said that flags at royal residences should be half-masted."

"The government has said it will follow suit."

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Prince William, 16, and Prince Harry, 13, will be attending private family prayers at Crathie Church, Balmoral, the Royals' Scottish estate

 The decision only applies to the first anniversary

 

The prime minister and UK


Archbishop says stop 'wallowing' over Dianahis wife, who will be guests at Balmoral on the anniversary, will join the royal family at the church service.

A special - and private - service of remembrance will be held for royal household members and former employees and staff of the princess at St James's Palace.

The decision to fly flags at half-mast applies only to the first anniversary of Diana's death.

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The government has followed suit

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Fears of a 'Diana Disneyworld'

Diana's former home Kensington Palace 

The man Diana, Princess of Wales called "my rock" has said a proposed memorial garden in her name will be about contemplation - not commercialisation. But residents in London's exclusive Kensington fear the area being overrun by hordes of tourists, and are demanding to see more details of what is being proposed. However former royal butler Paul Burrell, 39, who is now fundraising manager for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund assured them there would be no "Diana Disneyworld" in the gardens surrounding the Princess's former home

 He was speaking an exhibition opened to try to gauge public opinion on exactly what to do with the 27-acre site surrounding the Princess's former home, Kensington Palace.

£10m is being spent on the tribute, which will be placed directly behind the gates to Kensington Palace where mourners laid millions of bouquets in the days following the Preliminary proposals include a floodlit fountain and a garden for children.

Mr Burrell said: "It is to be a very simple, quiet place for contemplation. It is not going to be commercialised beyond recognition."

He believed it was crucial that residents' concerns were allayed, but said the garden is very popular with people who have written to the committee




How the palace looked in the days after the tragedy.



Fears of a 'Diana Disneyworld'

Diana's former home Kensington Palace 

The man Diana, Princess of Wales called "my rock" has said a proposed memorial garden in her name will be about contemplation - not commercialisation. But residents in London's exclusive Kensington fear the area being overrun by hordes of tourists, and are demanding to see more details of what is being proposed. However former royal butler Paul Burrell, 39, who is now fundraising manager for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund assured them there would be no "Diana Disneyworld" in the gardens surrounding the Princess's former home

 He was speaking an exhibition opened to try to gauge public opinion on exactly what to do with the 27-acre site surrounding the Princess's former home, Kensington Palace.

£10m is being spent on the tribute, which will be placed directly behind the gates to Kensington Palace where mourners laid millions of bouquets in the days following the Preliminary proposals include a floodlit fountain and a garden for children.

Mr Burrell said: "It is to be a very simple, quiet place for contemplation. It is not going to be commercialised beyond recognition."

He believed it was crucial that residents' concerns were allayed, but said the garden is very popular with people who have written to the committee

Exercise in deceit

However local residents arriving at the exhibition were less than impressed with what they saw, believing there to be a lack of detail.

Newspaper columnist and Kensington resident Brian Sewell launched a furious attack on the presentation, which features a plan showing the areas of the garden to be affected but offers no impressions on how they could change.

He called it "an exercise in deceit", and demanded concrete proposals for people to comment on.

"If they want a tribute to Diana, then they should leave the gardens as they were when she was alive. This is what people want to see, not some creation overrun by tourist buses."

He believed the memorial committee was trying to get the plan in "through the back door, and in so doing, ruin one of the finest parks in west London."

But a spokesman for the committee rejected this, saying: "The whole idea of this exhibition is to seek the opinion of residents and others before opening the design to international competition."

A decision on the exact layout will be made later this year following the results of the consultation exercise and a separate environmental impact survey.

But residents hope the project will not get that far if their campaign succeeds.

Ethne Rudd, of the Kensington Society said: "The exhibition tells you nothing but it gives us the chance to get everybody to come and object and put an end to this.

She said the gardens would be turned into a tourist trap.

"Then there are going to be crowds walking around in coloured hats and holding umbrellas. The character of the gardens would change completely. Its informal nature would be gone for ever." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington resident and newspaper columnist Brian Sewell demands to see more detail

 

 

 




UK Diana's face 'belongs to the world'

Princess Diana: her image cannot be trademarked 

The face of Diana, Princess of Wales, belongs to the world instead of being the property of her memorial fund, says the Patent Office.

This decision follows a seven-month investigation by the Patent Office after the Princess' Memorial Fund wanted to take a share of the profits from anyone using her image to sell goods.

The civil servants blocked this fearing it would allow celebrities to stop anybody using pictures of them without permission.

Trustees of the memorial fund sent 26 well-known photographs of Diana to the Patent Office to register the pictures as intellectual property.

The fund could have made millions of pounds for charity by licensing her face on tea towels and mugs sold as souvenirs around the world.

A High Court ruling last year gave the Princess's executors powers to license or veto souvenirs and memorabilia.

But the Fund's attempt to control the use of pictures went beyond the powers granted then.

It has until the end of next month to come up with a revised proposal to satisfy civil servants and is confident that it will succeed.

Copyright

The Fund applied for protection in a huge variety of classes of goods, from kitchen utensils to Christmas tree decorations.

The list included items such as: yeasts, fire extinguishers and salad dressings, as well as advertising, clothing and games.

This application to the Patent Office has been watched by celebrities who want to control exploitation of their own faces.


Elton John also called for an end to tributes

But Dr Carey says mourning is inevitable


UK  Archbishop says stop 'wallowing' over Diana
Thousands mourned for Diana at her funeral and all over the UK 
The Archbishop of York has called for people to stop "wallowing" in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Speaking seven weeks before the anniverary of her death, the Most Rev David Hope, England's second-most senior bishop, said that the late princess should not be worshipped. He warned that the country was in danger of "clinging too much to the icon" as it developed into a personality cult. But while Dr Hope spoke out over Diana in the run-up to the first anniversary of her death on August 31, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, issued a statement saying it was "surely right to thank God" for the Princess's life.

Country must 'move on'

The singer Elton John, who performed at the princess' funeral, has already added to these voices by calling for people to 'give the tributes a rest'. But the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has accused those claiming "fake sentimentality" of being snobs. Sounding his warning, Dr Hope said: "We need to begin to move on and part of that moving on is the letting go". Letting go was difficult because of the "constant stream" of photographs of the princess which continued to appear every day, he said. "We need to be beware of clinging to the icon," he added. "There is some element of wallowing in her death. "Let's not get totally swept up in indulging our emotions but instead reflect on her life and ask, 'What does this mean for me?'"

Public mourning 'inevitable'

While Dr Hope called for restraint over mourning for Diana, a spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury said the two most senior clergy of the Church of England were not divided over how the UK should mark the anniversary. Dr Carey has distributed to churches the special prayers he delivered at Diana's funeral last year. In a message to clergy, Dr Carey said he believed that it was "inevitable" that the public would turn their thoughts to the princess and her family in the coming weeks. While he cautioned against churches stimulating emotion, he said: "It is surely right to thank God for the Princess of Wales' compassion and the hope she brought to so many needy people, and to pray for His blessing on her sons". Dr Carey's six prayers are aimed at church services to be held on Sunday August 31, the day before the anniversary of Diana's death. They include the prayers he read out at Westminster Abbey for the Princess's life and work, and another for the Royal Family in their loss.

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The island burial place of Diana shortly after her death



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Earl Spencer met visitors to the museum

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Strong objector: Alan Clark MP


UK Althorp opens for Diana tribute

Visitors paid tribute at a temple built in Princess Diana's memory  Around 2,500 people have visited the last resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales as Althorp Park was opened for the first time since her death. The majority of visitors were pleased with how the princess has been remembered at the family estate in Northamptonshire. Earl Spencer has created a museum in a converted stable block dedicated to his sister's memory which includes her school report, a card from Prince Charles and many of her outfits. Long queues formed with visitors particulary keen to see the wedding dress in which she married Prince Charles. Earl Spencer himself greeted visitors to the museum on Wednesday, what would have been his sister's 37th birthday. The tiny villages that surround Althorp House, once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, have been preparing themselves for the influx of visitors. More than 150,000 ticket-holders are expected to visit the estate grounds and view the island where Diana's body is buried over the next two months. Up to 2,000 guests a day will get to watch hours of family home movies showing Diana playing and dancing. Police are asking people who are not visiting Althorp to stay away from the area. The local highway authority has closed off one access road to the neighbouring village of Great Brington in an effort to minimise disruption and smooth the flow of traffic to the estate.

Villagers 'hoping for the best'

The villagers themselves seem to be taking things in their stride. "We don't actually know what it's going to be like until it starts. We're hoping for the best," said Christine Whiley, who runs the Great Brington post office.  Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, is the landlord and he has made the effort to include locals in his project, giving them a guided preview of the exhibition rooms - provided they refused to talk to the media. Local businesses may benefit from the influx of visitors. Accommodation is booked out and pubs and restaurants are already geared up for plenty of custom. Colin Ward, landlord of the Fox and Hounds pub at nearby Harlestone, said he has seen a 25% increase in trade since Diana's death, and had served about 1,000 meals a day. "It has been very different. We have seen people from all over the world," he said. "I think the Earl has handled the situation very well. I have a lot of admiration for how he has put it together."   At the last count, there were around 8,000 tickets left despite rumours of a sell-out. "One problem was that people wrongly thought that every day had sold out following the initial surge of publicity," an estate spokesperson said.

Black market fears

All tickets have the names of the buyer printed on them, to prevent black market sales. However, tickets for the opening day were changing hands for almost six times their £9.50 face value. Some reports even claim that black market tickets have been selling for up to £100. The estate will close its doors again on August 30. The following day, the anniversary of Diana's death, the Spencer family will hold a graveside service. Prince Charles, his sons and other members of the Royal family will attend a service near Balmoral, the Royal estate in Scotland.

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Diana committee 'backs memorial garden'

The area earmarked for a memorial garden became an inpromptu shrine 

The committee set up to vet memorials in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales, will give its backing to a controversial commemorative garden, according to the Daily Mail. The garden, in the grounds of the late princess's home at Kensington Palace, is one of a handful of suggestions that will be given the seal of approval by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Committee. The committee, which includes Chancellor Gordon Brown, will meet in Downing Street on Wednesday to announce its "preliminary" advice on memorials, the paper says. As well as the memorial garden, it will also announce a new nursing scheme, a Diana medal for schoolchildren, a £5 coin, and a walkway shadowing the route of Diana's funeral procession. Ideas which failed to receive the committee's approval include a public holiday or flag day to mark the Princess's birthday and a medal to be added to the honours system. It is the £9m memorial garden that is likely to stir the strongest objections, mostly from Kensington residents who fear being swamped by tourists coming to pay their respects. With estimated running costs of £75,000, the landscaped garden would cover 16 acres in front of Kensington Palace. The area became an impromptu floral shrine to the Princess in the days after her death last September. But last month disgruntled residents joined forces to oppose plans for the garden, which could draw five million visitors a year. Local MP Alan Clark acts as a standard bearer for their cause and has called the garden an example of "new dumbed-down millennium culture." The idea of a £5 coin is likely to prove popular with the public. It is reported that the coins would bear Diana's head on one side and the Queen's on the other.

Nursing tribute

The nursing proposal - already dubbed "Diana's angels"- is expected to work alongside established schemes such as Macmillan nurses. The 10-strong committee has been flooded with ideas for different ways to commemorate the princess. They include an eternal flame similar to the Kennedy memorial in Washington; a monument or statue; a network of hospices across the country bearing the Princess's name and a new footbridge across the Thames.
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The fund invited 100 organisations to apply for grants

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Those affected by landmines will share £1m



K  Diana fund hands out £500,000

10 groups will benefit from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund 

Homeless charities and groups supporting victims of domestic violence are among the latest projects to benefit from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Trustees allocated grants of up to £60,000 to each of 10 projects following a similar announcement 11 days ago. In March, 100 organisations were invited to apply for help from the fund. Proposals from those remaining will be announced in the coming weeks.
Each charity was asked to submit proposals which would benefit "vulnerable young people", children, "the socially excluded" and "survivors".

The newly announced grants total £532,351 and benefit projects such as:

  • Aids charity London Lighthouse, in which the princess took a close interest, which has been awarded £60,000.
  • The St Matthew Society gets £60,000 towards the building of accommodation for vulnerable homeless people in Attleborough, Norfolk.
  • The Passage, a group refurbishing a building in London's Victoria for homeless over-25s, gets a grant of £60,000.
  • Refuge, established in 1971 as the world's first safe house for victims of domestic violence, gets £58,736 for counselling.
  • British Youth Opera gets £50,000 to fund the 1998 Princess of Wales Summer Season.
  • Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, based in Bristol, gets £53,000 for the construction of a sporting education centre.
  • Childline gets £52,000 - the cost of keeping one of its phone lines open for a year, including volunteer training, paid counselling supervisors and administration.
  • Scottish Pre-School Play Association gets £60,000 for its quality assurance accreditation scheme to improve service standards.
  • Chester Summer Music Festival gets £28,615 to meet an expected deficit in its education outreach programme.
  • The Albany, based in Lewisham, south-east London, gets £50,000 to support an arts education project for a deprived area of the capital.

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Earl Spencer: "Smallest things leads to tears"

Diana: Fears of Althorp shrine

UK Earl 'drained' by Diana films
Althorp: Exhibition opens on July 1 

Earl Spencer has told how researching and editing home films of his late sister, Princess Diana, left him completely drained. The films form part of the public exhibition of the Princess' life when the Earl opens the Althorp estate to the public in July. It also features in a BBC documentary, Diana: My Sister, the Princess, to be broadcast before the estate is opened. Speaking to the BBC's Radio Times, Earl Spencer said: "It was really sad, really sad, to see this little girl running around and to know what happened to her when she became older. "I find it very difficult to talk about Diana. I find that the smallest thing will set me off crying." The Earl singled out one film showing the late princess laughing in a boat. "Although it was silent, I could really hear the laugh," he said. "It was such a joyous laugh and I will never hear that again." The exhibition of Diana's life will be open to the public from July 1, what would have been her 37th birthday, until the eve of the anniversary of her death, August 30. Around 150,000 people have paid £9.50 each to see the museum but they will not be allowed onto the island where the princess is buried. Nearby villagers have criticised the Earl's plans, saying they fear a deluge of tourists. There have also been fears that Althorp will become an English 'Graceland', a shrine to Princess Diana similar to the former Memphis home of Elvis Presley. But the Earl said he hoped the exhibition would not be a morbid experience. "In the last film and the last room that people go into she is presented as really happy," he said. "We don't want people to come here and just be miserable."

MP opposes memorial garden

Meanwhile, Kensington's MP Alan Clark has said he is "completely opposed" to government-led proposals for a multi-million pound memorial garden to Princess Diana in the royal borough Around 1,000 people at a public meeting heard the controversial MP say he would support attempts to stop the creation of the gardens in the grounds of the princess' former home, Kensington Palace. Residents of the exclusive London borough fear up to five million tourists will flood Kensington, leading to more traffic, environmental damage, souvenir traders and fast food stands. Mr Clark, who had previously urged a more neutral line over the gardens, said: "I am complete in my mind about what my constituents want." The MP also questioned whether the princess herself would have wanted a memorial garden.

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UK Diana fund to be living memorial

The Fund will give at least £4m a year to charity 

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is to continue its work indefinitely.

A statement by the trustees says the fund will become a "living memorial through helping those in need and distress".

The move has been approved by Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, despite his earlier calls to wind the charity up.

The fund, which has raised £50m, will give a minimum of £4m to good causes every year.

Donations have poured into the Fund since Diana died with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, in a car crash last August in Paris.

Earl Spencer, has in the past been a fierce critic of what he has called the fund's "tacky" merchandising deals, and set up a Diana Spencer memorial fund of his own.

The main memorial fund has come under attack particularly for allowing the princess's signature - its logo - to appear on tubs of margarine.

'Priority is to make a difference'

"The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is to be a living memorial through helping those in need and distress, especially at the margins of society," the statement said. "It will continue this work indefinitely."

Among the groups receiving money will be land mine survivors, a cause espoused by the princess in the months before she died.

"The trustees' overriding priority is to make a difference to the lives of these people," the statement said.

The trustees have already made grants of £13m and they pledged to give special weight to applications from those who would "find it difficult to obtain recognition and support from sources other than the fund".

While she was married to Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, Princess Diana was associated with more than 100 charities, but after her divorce in 1996, she kept her connection with only six.



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The Fund was criticised for allowing Diana's signature on tubs of margarine



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Tuesday, 14 April, 1998, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Diana's brother explains burial site
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Diana is buried on an island in the Althorp estate


Earl Spencer says he choose the Althorp estate as the burial site for his sister, Diana, Princess of Wales, because he wanted "somewhere where I could take care of her". In a candid interview with a local newspaper, Lord Spencer also revealed plans for an 18ft high urn on the island burial site at Althorp in Northamptonshire.

He said he had no regrets about the decision to bury Diana on the Oval island in the ornamental lake at Althorp following her death last August.

"I had been uncomfortable with the idea of the crypt and one morning I just woke and thought 'We'll bury her on the estate'. I talked it over with a couple of other people and we went from there."

The island has a simple temple which has been enhanced as a permanent memorial to Diana.

It contains two marble slabs with inscriptions and a profile of Diana. One will bear a quote from Diana herself, the other bears a quote from Lord Spencer's forthright funeral speech.

"The joy of that place is its natural beauty with its trees and plants. We are doing a lot of landscaping work in the park and around the temple and our personal memorial to Diana is transforming that site.

"It is also appropriate because water was her element - she was always very at home in it."

But Lord Spencer intends to keep the island private and there is no marking of the Princess's actual burial place.

The interview was given to the Northants Evening Telegraph and its sister paper the Chronicle and Echo.

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'Over-priced' Diana concert tickets go unsold

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Phil Collins doubts Diana would have approved

Rock star Phil Collins has criticised the price of tickets for a tribute concert to Diana, Princess of Wales, which have failed to sell out as quickly as expected.

Two-thirds of the 15,000 tickets available for the concert - at Althorp, near Northampton, on June 27 - went within three hours of sales lines opening on Saturday.

The organisers had expected the remaining 5,000 to be snapped up on Sunday. But at 5.30pm the Ticketmaster agency said there were still "quite a few" tickets left.

Collins, a friend of Diana, said in a radio interview that the £39.50 ($65) entrance fee should be halved.  told a television interviewer that he had refused to play at the concert because he did not want to be part of the "feeding frenzy".

"She was a Princess for the people, it would have been nice if they had a ticket price for the people," Collins he said.

"If you're going to go as a couple, it's 80 quid, and a baby-sitter, and petrol - it's a lot of money. Suddenly you're talking about people that are reasonably well off."

He added: "If she'd have been here to talk about it I'm sure she would have said 'Well, yes we can ask for 40 quid, but why don't we ask for 20?'."

Collins refused to take part in the concert despite personal requests from Diana's brother Earl Spencer and tycoon Richard Branson.

"I thought there was an awful feeding frenzy," he said, in a separate interview with Sky television. "I have my own sadness about it and I don't really want to become part of a feeding frenzy that is all."

Collins, who was heavily involved in the organisation of Band Aid in the 1980s, also refused to contribute to the Diana tribute album.

He said: "I didn't feel that I wanted to get involved in an album and a concert. Let's just get on with our lives and be sad."

The concert will feature: Sir Cliff Richard, Chris de Burgh, Wet Wet Wet, Lesley Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jimmy Nail and the Chicken Shed Theatre Company. It will be staged in the Deer Park on Earl Spencer's Althorp estate, about a mile from the island where Diana is buried.

The only other ticket oulet apart from Ticketmaster is the Derngate Theatre in Northampton.

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Diana bodyguard: 'I remember more'

Rees-Jones: "forced into hiding"


Mohamed Al Fayed: "supportive" to Mr Rees-Jones and his family confirm that."

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones has been a focus of media interest since the accident

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the only survivor of the Paris car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed and their driver, says he has remembered more of the tragedy after a series of sessions with a psychiatrist.

He is now seeking a further meeting with the French judge investigating the accident, he said in a statement issued through his solicitors.

The statement followed publication of a story in Saturday's edition of The Mirror newspaper, billed as "exclusive", in which the editor, Piers Morgan, described a meeting with Mr Rees-Jones and promised a "truly astonishing interview" in Monday's edition. Mr Rees-Jones, 29, said his employers at Harrods, headed by Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi's father, had provided him with the support and assistance of psychiatrists. He added: "I have now given three interviews to the judge. "I remember very little of the final journey on August 31. In my interviews with the psychiatrist, I have remembered a little more. I am therefore having a further meeting with the judge to tell him what I remember." The Mirror newspaper has said it will publish the first part of an interview with Mr Rees-Jones on Monday. The double-page story in Saturday's edition of the paper said Mr Rees-Jones "can now remember most of what happened that night" and added: "It was not easy for him to finally break his silence." However, Mr Rees-Jones insisted in the statement that he had given no "exclusivity" to The Mirror and had received no payment for the interview. He also said he had never received any payment from the press. "I understand that the Daily Mirror contacted other press outlets last night claiming rights over an "exclusive" article. They did so without contacting me or my solicitors. "This has caused my family and me great personal difficulty. I have felt forced to go into hiding," his statement said. Mr Rees-Jones said he was concerned at reports that he did not conduct himself professionally on the night of the crash and was not properly trained for the role which he was performing. "These allegations are wholly spurious and I will, as and when I think it appropriate to do so, make public comment. "This will be done solely through my solicitors and in the media and on the terms of my choosing." He also said he had returned to light duties at Harrods over the past few weeks.

'Protecting copyright'

In a statement issued after Mr Rees-Jones's, Mr Morgan said: "Trevor Rees-Jones never asked for, or received, a penny from the Mirror in connection with the interview we will be publishing on Monday. "The interview is exclusive in the sense that it is the first he has given in relation to the accident in Paris on August 31. "The Mirror's rights extend simply to the content of that interview of which I was the author, and the photographs which accompany it, which were taken by a Mirror staff photographer. "We alerted other media in advance of publication to protect our copyright. "My understanding is that Mr Rees-Jones is keen to ensure that he is not thought to be profiting from this interview and I am happy to confirm that." Mr Rees-Jones suffered massive facial and other injuries in the crash. Surgeons had to rebuild his shattered lower face but he made an amazing recovery and five weeks after the accident left the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and returned to the UK.


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Saturday, 28 February, 1998, 22:42 GMT
Trevor Rees-Jones: the full statement
"I wish to explain how the interview with Mr Piers Morgan (editor of The Mirror) took place and make absolutely clear that I have received no payment from the interview and, indeed, have never received any payment from the press.

"I have instructed solicitors to act on my behalf and have asked them to deal with the enormous press interest. My solicitors are entirely independent of the Harrods organisation. I have asked that my employers directed all press inquiries to my solicitors, and they confirm they will do so.

"As you are aware, I have returned to light duties at Harrods over the past few weeks. In order to assist me, my employers have also provided me with the support and assistance of psychiatrists. I am grateful to Mr Al Fayed for the support that he has given my family and me since the accident.

"I have now given three interviews to the judge. I remember very little of the final journey on August 31. In my interviews with the psychiatrist, I have remembered a little more. I am therefore having a further meeting with the judge to tell him what I remember.

"This is where matters stood on Wednesday, February 25 last. On that day, I had a further meeting with the psychiatrist. I remembered a little more. Later that day, I attended a meeting at Harrods.

"When I did so, I met Mr Piers Morgan, who I understand to be the editor of the Daily Mirror. I answered his questions as straightforwardly as I could. I entered into no agreement with the Daily Mirror. I have given them no exclusivity and have received no payment.

"I understand that the Daily Mirror contacted other press outlets last night claiming rights over an "exclusive" article. They did so without contacting me or my solicitors. This has caused my family and me great personal difficulty. I have felt forced to go into hiding.

"I have been very concerned to read previous articles in the press suggesting that I did not on the night in question conduct myself professionally and was not properly trained for the role which I was performing.

"These allegations are wholly spurious and I will, as and when I think it appropriate to do so, make public comment. This will be done solely through my solicitors and in the media and on the terms of my choosing.

"I wish to repeat that I have not received one penny piece from the Daily Mirror or any other media outlet since the tragic events of the 31 August. In no respect does the Daily Mirror have exclusive rights in this matter."
 

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Sunday, 1 March, 1998, 15:24 GMT
Why did Diana die? - The state of the investigation
The fatal crash
The fatal crash
BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield analyses the rumours and speculation that surround the official police investigation into the death of Diana.

hrouded in an official darkness rendered all the more impenetrable by random leaks, rumours, and - one often suspects - downright fabrications, the Diana enquiry rumbles methodically towards its conclusion later this spring.

Never accused of undue haste, the French justice system is moving with a thoroughness that an inquest of this importance no doubt deserves, but with a stealth that leaves a starved international press gasping for new stories.

The result has been open season for Diana gossip-mongers. The last weeks have seen reports on:

The Australian video shock
An Australian couple were reported to have footage of the scene of the crash moments after it happened. Police were said to be "desperate" to get their hands on the tape - it turned out to be completely irrelevant.

The discovery of the second car shock
Police were put on the trail of a white Fiat Uno, similar to the one they are still hunting.

It was reported to have had its front wing repaired, and then been sold in November - by a well-known paparazzo. The implication was that a photographer had been in the mysterious second car that may have caused the accident.

But it turned out that the lead had been discovered by investigators acting for the al-Fayed family. Once again police dismissed it as irrelevant.

The Henri Paul millions shock
Sources "close to the investigation" revealed that the dead driver of the crashed limousine had had large amounts of money mysteriously lodged in his bank account shortly before the accident.

The rumour-mill suggested there was a drugs connection. Police dismissed it as irrelevant.

The serialised Princess

Short of hard facts, the popular press fixes on the wildest of unverifiable trivia to drive the Diana story forward.

Meanwhile at the other end of the market, the first books are appearing alleging to tell the full story about the Princess's death.

The most publicised of these, by two Time magazine correspondents, has been serialised in various papers. Its chief claim to fame is the interview it contains with Mohammed Al Fayed, father of Dodi.

In it he says he is 99 per cent certain the crash was caused deliberately by unknown persons acting to prevent his son's and Diana's impending marriage.

As no proof of this was vouchsafed, the police once again dismissed it as irrelevant. In fact, the police now say they are increasingly irritated by the succession of ludicrous fantasies masquerading as plausible theories about how and why the Princess died.

Hiding behind their own official secrecy, the investigators maybe have only themselves to blame for the speculation. A more open policy might put paid to the rumour-mongers.

But at heart the police have a point. From the start nothing has emerged to shake the basic facts in the case: a drunk chauffeur driving at 90 mph through a busy city centre lost control, having possibly - or possibly not - glanced another vehicle.

There is nothing out of the ordinary in that.

Just a dead princess.


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The changing face of the monarchy
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Happier times: the royal family in 1996
Six months after the death of Diana, BBC court correspondent Paul Reynolds analyses the way the Royal Family is re-examining its role in society.
Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds
The news that the Royal Family is considering the appointment of a "spin doctor" to take control of its public relations shows just how far the monarchy has been forced to consider its image and role.

The crisis of confidence was thrown into dramatic focus after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Many people were saddened or even offended by what was seen to be the family's slow response to the public mood that week.

In her broadcast on the eve of Diana's funeral, the Queen said that "lessons would be learned". A senior Palace source confided to me later: "We nearly lost it." What, therefore, is being done?

The way ahead

To start with, the re-examination had begun before Diana's death. Several years ago, the royal family set up a discussion procedure known as the Way Ahead Group. Senior members of the family, with the Queen herself in the chair, got together twice a year, during the holidays at Balmoral and Sandringham.

One of the first decisions was that the Queen should pay tax. Then, after the Windsor Castle fire of November 1992, it was agreed that the tax payers should not pick up the bill for restoration, but that Buckingham Palace would be open to the public in the summer and the money raised in that way instead.

The Way Ahead Group also examined whether the royal family was casting its net wide enough in its visits. Were there sections of society being "left out"?

There was a brisk spring cleaning of royal finances, with the appointment of a hot shot City accountant, Michael Peat.

The Civil List was cut back and now only the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother are supported by the taxpayer. Even royal travel was changed, with a budget now set each year and flights for visits abroad even put out to tender.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was scrapped and the Queen did not press for a replacement.

So a great deal was done long before Diana's death and indeed some people in the Palace felt that the worst was over. Then came the events of August 31, 1997.

The sudden outpouring of public emotion took royal officials by surprise. It was realised that all the changes which had been made were not enough.

"Touchy feely" future?

What the public appeared to want was a more "caring" monarchy, something in the style of Diana herself.

Their problem was that the royal family has been trained from infancy to hide emotion and to present the traditional stiff upper lip. Yet suddenly, people were demanding that the family became more "touchy feely".

The response has been to try to react in some way to this demand without throwing over all the old virtues. Prince Charles, who has a fine record of work among the young unemployed with his Prince's Trust, is now talking more easily with the media.

Two years ago, he managed to go on a trip round Central Asia for nine days without saying hello once to the small press party with him. On a recent visit to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, in contrast, he chatted away quite easily.

But, clearly, there is a way to go. The discussions among the focus groups have shown an ambiguous public response.

The royal family is felt to be an important part of British public life but is seen as too remote. So now we have the prospect of a super communications chief. His or her role will not be easy. The royal ship of state can only change direction slowly.

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