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|Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:22 am Post subject: Engagement proof: Simon Regan 'Who Killed Diana' book 2000
|Evidence of Diana and Dodi's intended engagement on return to London:
Former The Sun journalist and Scallywag editor Simon Regan 'Who Killed Diana' book published in 2000
Also available as an easily printable PDF file HERE
VII -Love and Marriage?
Was Diana seriously contemplating marriage and was she pregnant when she
died? Both speculations have been widely aired, especially in the Continental
press. It is not, I stress, irrelevant to ask, even 'though in the present climate of
opinion, it may be considered in bad taste. If it is a Super-Establishment
conspiracy then both factors would have been highly relevant. .
The conspiracy theorists swear she was both, and, of course, both are
possible. There is certainly some evidence that they were about to make an
announcement and on the Sunday they died she was due to fly back to
Kensington Palace to discuss matters with her sons.
I have a piece of first-hand knowledge of this which was a complete
coincidence. The artist Kent Harrison is an old mend of mine who happens to
have a fairly large house/studio in Alora, thirty miles north of Malaga in
Spain, where I also have a small house. Harrison is a wholly eccentric
character who spends most of his time painting the most outrageous pop art
canvasses which no one, including himself: can understand. Nonetheless, he
has exhibited in Paris, Madrid and Marbella, but is almost completely
unknown in London. However, as he sells very little of his chosen work, he
also paints people's portraits, and is very good at it. This gives him a living of
sorts and allows him to indulge himself on his other work. The portraits are
unequivocally "chocolate box" and most are commissioned by people to
celebrate, for example, their parents' golden wedding anniversaries. After his
last Paris exhibition in 1995Kent was commissioned to paint various people's
portraits in Paris. He can't recall exactly of whom. but he did do half a dozen.
In mid-August of this year he received a call in Alora from someone
speaking for Dodi Fayed in Paris. Kent, being something of a recluse, did not
know of the Fayeds. The person said Dodi had admired a portrait he had seen
in Paris, and asked if Kent could come to see him. Dodi Fayed would pay his
fare and expenses for a one-night stay. Fancying a free trip to the French
capitol he asked for a return train fare which was quickly arranged in Paris. He
left in the afternoon of the following day. He arrived, as arranged at the Ritz in
mid-moming and asked reception for Fayed. He was told to go to the bar
where he would be met. Soon after a man who Kent guessed was a bodyguard
found him and said Dodi would not be long, but until then he should have
what he wanted in the bar -a fatal thing to do to Kent, as I know well to my
cost. Especially as Dodi did not in fact turn up until a little after three. They
sat at a table where Dodi had a fruit juice and, according to Kent's
recollection, Dodi said he bad admired his work and wanted a portrait done of
himself and Princess Diana.
He could spare an hour for Kent to make prelitninary sketches, but he
wanted the picture to be a surprise for Diana and asked him if he could work
from photographs alone. This was possible but unsatisfactory, but Dodi was
adamant. Soon after, they repaired to one of the suites in the hotel where Dodi
sat for one hour as Kent sketched. I have seen Kent at work and he is a fast
worker, with a patient model. In fact I have several finished portraits by him in
my Atora house which were semi-completed in oils in less than a day. Armed
with these sketches Dodi told him he wanted a delivery in London on
September 1st. the Monday after the fateful Sunday.
Kent began to realise he was on the inside of something important when
Dodi chatted away while he posed. "I want it to look loving," he said. "Do I
look as if I am in love?" Kent demurred. "Well lam." Dodi added.
"Hopelessly. By the time she gets this picture I will have asked her to marry
me. What do you think of that?"
Kent murmured his approval and congratulations but was actually
deeply intent on sketching. "We are going away in a few days while her
children are in BaImoral with their father. When she gets back I want this
picture waiting for her in London. Can you deliver by the end of the month?"
Kent said no problem, although at the time he had no idea how he could
get it from Atora to London.
When the hour was up it occurred to Dodi to ask what Kent's fees
would be. Realising who Dodi was at last, he mentioned a sum of £5,000 plus
expenses and costs of material This was at least double what he normally
asked. but Dodinodded at once and said "cash on delivery".
"But I'm broke," Kent said. whereupon Dodi pulled out a wallet and
gave him five FFI,OOOnotes for "expenses" He also said he could stay in the
hotel as his guest overnight.
Before taking his leave Dodi insisted again that it was very important
that the portrait be delivered to Kensington Palace on Monday 1st September.
"It is for a very special occasion." he repeated.
I was in Alora just after Kent's return. What had happened in Paris was
that, armed with the francs, Kent had forsaken his room in the Ritz and gone
out to revisit his old haunts, dating back to his student days. He had been out
all night and bad not even returned to the Ritz, which was probably a very
good job, as he was by then very drunk. He got an early morning train from
Austerlitz to Madrid. and arrived back in Malaga late that night.
. He did not start paintingthe portraituntil a weeklater whenhe got a
call from the same man as before reminding him of the deadline. The man left
a contact number. Kent went back to his studio and began painting and I did
not see much ofhim that week. I was due to leave for London on the Friday of
the 28th. which turned out to be the fateful weekend. On Thursday, Kent was
in a panic. He had been able to capture Dodi very well and he was happy with
it, but he was finding a lot of difficulty painting Diana from photos. All the
pictures he had were at the wrong angle. That is, she was not looking at Dodi
who had asked for a "loving" picture. He could get around that somewhat, but
he was unhappywith the image itself:He was only used to working from life.
He called the contact number and explained his difficulty. I met him at
Andre's Bar in the square moments later and he told me he had been
instructed to deliver, whatever state the picture was in. and asked me to take it
back with me. I lent him enough to have it ftamed and that afternoon he put
more touches to the painting but had to abandon it because he needed to let the
paint dry in the sun before I took it to London. As it was, we had to crate it up
very roughly when it was barely dry.
At Malaga airport they would not let me take it on board as hand
luggage and I had to entrust it to the hold. Luckily, it survived the joUrney and
I took it back to the pub where I had lodgings and put it in a safe place, ready
to deliver on Sunday morning.
At three o'clock on that Sunday morning I awoke to find I had gone to
sleep with the television on. a normal habit with me. Through half open eyes I
noted a flash on the TV screen which said: "Princess Diana involved in crash.
Dodi dead." I was obviously astounded and from then on only snoozed -until
the flash changed to "official- Princess Diana is dead." I immediately got up
and was, like most of the rest of the world. glued to the set for the next 24
What can be shown from this side.story is only that, immediately after
their return to London. Dodi Fayed and the Princess were going to celebrate
something special. and the unfinished portrait would be part of it. It was
probably one of several presents Dodi was going to give Diana as part of the
This ties in with what Diana is said to have told Richard Kay of the
Daily Mail -a special media contact whom she trusted -in a call made from
the Ritz on the Saturday night. In it. Diana sounded ecstatic and intimated that
very soon her whole life would change. During the same evening an equally
ecstatic Dodi had called his mother's cousin Hassan Yassin and reported that
they were "very happy". In a similar conversation a week earlier, Dodi had
told Hassan that they would be married soon.
In return for a very expensive ring ($200,000), Diana had given Dodi a
pair of cufflinks which had belonged to her father and were of great
Various British newspapers. often more reliable than their Continental
counterparts, even if they are muckraking -had estimated that the pair had
been '"together" since November of 1996. They had actually first met ten years
before at Windsor Great Park where Charles was on one of the Polo teams and
Dodi on the other. They were playing for the Harrods Cup, sponsored of
course, by al-Fayed. Certainly they would have known each other since then.
but it is far more likely than the actual affair did not start until the early Spring
of 1997. It was obviously something of a whirlwind romance, but it certainly
seems it was for real. The couple had no less than three quick romantic
holidays almost in succession.
A deep affair was one thing, but marriage?
It is not idle speculation to suggest that on those three short holidays,
starting at a family holiday in St Tropez, but especially the last one on the
yacht Jonikal in Sardinia, the pair were very much in love. Diana may well
have said to herself: "why am I continuing in a role I detest when I can have
this all the time. I can just opt out and relax." It must have seemed ultimately
tempting. Diana would also have been very aware of what a love affair with
Dodi would mean to both Charles and the Royal Family. And how any
suggestion of marriage would devastate them. This probably delighted her. It
would most certainly have delighted and amused al-Fayed. Both were
uniquely aware of the power of the Super-Establishment. Both were officially
little more than outcasts. Marriage to Dodi would have been the ultimate cocka-
snook to the whole stuffy lot of them.
There was no legal impediment against her marrying Dodi, nor was
there any question of finance. Both were very rich in their own right and the
whole Fayed family luxury was at their disposal. AI-Fayed had at some time
intimated that he would give them the Duchess of Windsor's sprawling Paris
mansion on the Bois de Boulogne as a wedding present and, indeed, had
started selling off the contents. To both al-Fayed and in particular to Diana,
living in the house of the disgraced former king, Edward VIII. and his lover
Wallis Simpson would have been a delightful irony. Dodi did have a luxury
Paris flat off the Champs Elysees, but it would not be big enough for the two
of them, especially if her sons came to stay, and especially if they planned a
family of their own. This was the same in London. Dodi's Park Lane
apartment was little more than a large and luxurious bachelor's pad. It would
be impossible for Dodi to move into Kensington Palace, but this again was no
impediment to marriage.
In her own right, when she died, Diana was worth some £30 million.
While it is unknownjust how much Dodi was worth in bard cash terms, al-
Fayed, estimated to be worth billions, would most certainly not let his son live
in poverty, especially if he married the mother of the heir to the throne. The
world would certainly be their oyster.
AI-Fayed had openly craved acceptance by the establishment in Britain,
and it had constantly eluded him. He had "bought" the Royal Windsor Horse
Show -thereby purchasing his place next to the Queen at the annual event. His
purchase of the Windsor house in Paris had been an open act of courting the
Royals. Yet, apart from a brief acknowledgement nom Charles, they had
openly snubbed him. He had craved the purchase ofHarrods, as Tiny Rowland
had, as a pure exercise in a thirst to be acknowledged by the establishment.
The possible marriage of his son to William's mother ticlded him pink. It
would, of course, have tickled any prospective in-laws. But to aI-Fayed it had
a very special magic.
"Close royal watchers" -a euphemism for everyone from the rat pack,
to dinner party gossip, to genuine insiders -were quite convinced a marriage
announcement was forthcoming. Frankly, at the time of the tragedy, I rather
I think Diana would have discussed it in depth with Dodi on the yacht
on that ultimate Sardinian holiday and I do think Diana planned to discuss the
situation in full with her sons before they went back to schooL When Diana
had broached the subject by telephone, William is quoted as replying, "All I
want is your happiness mummy." I think that on Monday September 1st, after
talking to her family, she may well have announced her retirement from public
life. S)le.knew very well this would cause a great hoo-baa and Diana was far
too CaDnYto let the world know everything at once. She would have "retired"
from public life and tried hard to get out of the limelight under Fayed family
protection. Then, probably around Christmas time or in the New Year, she
would have made an announcement. By then the Royal Family would have
been fully primed and the Harrods PR machine, in the capable hands of
Michael Coles, would have prepared public opinion.
This in itself was a great added plus for the Princess. After her royal
title had gone she had no machine behind her. This was a double-edged sword.
She was away from royal prying eyes, but she did nom time to time, need a
proper staff to cope with her myriad problems. AI-Fayed had a built-in madeto-
measure staff including full security, public relations, and secretarial and all
this would have been made at the instant disposal of Diana. Fayed's machine
was every bit as organised and competent as the Palace's. It included a fleet of
bullet-proof Mercedes, a £3.5m Sikorski helicopter, a £13m GuIfstream Jet,
the 60 metre £15m yacht Jonikal, several castles in Scotland, lavish homes in
Gstaad, New York, Dubai, Geneva.,Gerona, London, Surrey and Los Angeles,
all fully staffed and equipped. On top of this, Dodi had, according to reliable
US press reports, bought a $6 million top-security home for Diana in LA and
presented it to her as a "palace in exile". AI-Fayed is not careless with money
-no multi-millionaire ever is - but when he sees what he wants he is willing to
pay handsomely to get it. Even though he would probably never admit it
publicly, Diana would have been the greatest jewel in his crown and the
ultimate insult to the Super-Establishmenthe so hated.
Since her separation from Charles, Diana had had at least four lovers,
probably five. Most of them were short-lived and ultimately unsatisfactory
affairs. They were with James Gilbey, Capt. James Hewitt, Oliver Hoare, and
ultimately Will Carling, the English rugby captain. Only later did she admit
that she had been deeply in love with Hewitt who made the ultimate mistake
of writing a book on the matter, disillusioning her to distraction. By and large,
her love life since the separation had been rather sad. So why was this one so
I think that the marriage of Jemima Goldsmith to Imran Khan had more
of an influence on her than the public acknowledged. The Khans had an idyllic
marriage full of love and warmth. All Diana's lovers had been stiff upperlipped
ex-public schoolboys. They might have been fun, but probably little
else. Charles had been a quite hopeless husband when it came to the
passionate stakes and Diana had often told friends that the last time they had
made love was when Harry was conceived.
WhileDodiwas certainlya playboy,he was also a warm-bloodedEgYptian
with Mediterranean blood in his veins. He was fun loving-essential to anyone
who wanted to attract Diana -but also warm and loving. A proper profile of
Dodi, based on the testimony of those who knew him well, would include that
he was "charming, chivalrous, sweet-natured. caring and secretive". Diana
stated publicly that she felt "safe" with him and that he "protected" her. His
particular ,brand of magic had obviously worked on her. But I think he was
genuinely the first man who not only showed his feelings -openly showering
her withlove- but alsoadoredher as a womanand notjust a faceor a name.
He was certainly the first to continually shower her with romantic poetry. All
this wouldhave been overwhelminglyappealingto a Princesswho was, by
and large, very lonely. If she had not met Charles and instead married
someone like Dodi, I don't think she would have had any of the psychological
and medical problems she :facedas a royal.
For his part, until the affair, Dodi spent nine months a year looking after
his Hollywood business interests under the name of Allied Stars. On the West
Coast he played hard with half a dozen female stars, including Brooke Shields.
He had been briefly married to model Suzanne Gregory who had escaped the
marriage with no hard feelings. Soon after news of the royal romance a girl
called Kelly Fisher came out of the woodwork to claim that she was engaged
to him. Despitehis womanising,he wasdescribedby one ex-loveras being
"conservative in bed". The other three months were spent doing the "family
business" in Europe. This basically was a euphemism for playing the hot spots
as a serious contender. While Dad indulged him hugely, it appears Dodi was
not particularly being groomed as aI-Fayed's successor. Dodi travelled on an
EgYptianor UAEpassport, and had "rights of residence" in the US.
Dodi was born in EgYpt to Samira. Adnan Khashoggi's sister. His
parents parted soon after and Dodi was educated first in Alexandria, then
Switzerland.andfinallya brief spellat Sandhurst.It wasthetype of education
which would have taught him how to be a gentleman.Mohamed.under
Egyptian law, had got custody of his son and Dodi had, until much later in
life, never been close to his mother. His relationship with her deepened
considerablywhen she was dying from cancer, and her eventual death
In early November both the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times
magazines ran lengthy in-depth profiles of Dodi Fayed which were very
similar in their approach. The exercise had all the fingerprints of Max
Clifford. who had become fiUrly close to Dodi and from time to time had
manoeuvred stories into the mainstream press for his father. The articles were
not exactly fawning, but they successfully down-played Dodi's playboy image
and set out to up-grade Dodi the charming and caring romantic. Whoever had
organised the articles had made available to the writers a long list of special
friends of Dodi who indeed showed him in a very sympathetic light. I am not
at all surprised or cynical at this obvious manipulation of the broadsheet press.
A properandmeaningfulassessmentofDodi was longoverdue,and it showed
He was a far more complex a man than his image portrayed and this
manifested itself in a mixed bag of seeming contradictions. While countless
friends attested that he was gentle, unpretentious and charming, he lived much
ofhis life in an emotional straightjacket. He was also sensitive and vulnerable,
plagued by people after his money and many .friends detected an air of
loneliness, despite his extravagance. He was easy going -yet difficult to get
close to. He was loyal, but often forgot important appointments he had made
with those close to him.
But by far the most fascinating testimony dealt with his "man-boy"
personality. His homes and offices were full of toys; one even had a dozen
Teddy bears in it. He had never been able to throwaway the model aeroplanes
and cars he had made as a child. His delightful and warm sense of humour was
completely childlike. He was a great lover of Disney cartoons and. like a
child. he gave everyone pet nick-names. (Mohamed was Moomoo). I had
heard on the grapevine that, to match his own name, he had called Diana
Hewas besottedwith the make-believeof the moviesand never lost an
opportunity to visit the sets while a film was being made. Especially the Bond
movies. He had been close childhood .friends with Cubby Broccoli's two
daughters, Tina and Barbara, who recalled that he had always been entranced
by the fantasyworld of Ian Fleming.Whenhe found- like the children of
many rich and famous people that he needed his own identity -he was drawn
immediately to Hollywood. Despite this, say the profiles, he never really fitted
into the LA milieu because he was simply not rough and aggressive enough.
Many close to him described him as a rudderless drifter in search of a family.
Several friends swore he was a "working producer" and because he was a
great set-visitor, he may have been. But his venture into successful film
production only had one real success -in Chariots of Fire (which won the
Oscar for best film). He was unable to cash in on this obvious success and
went on to make six other duds.
He was always utterly hospitable but, if others upstaged him, was
capable of angry sulks. The profiles were full of such dichotomies.
Pregnancy is something else entirely. It has been hinted at by the British press,
but the very suggestion of it after her death was considered the ultimate bad
taste. Personally, I don't know why. I think the British public would have
forgiven her immediately. They would have forgiven her anything.
The Continental press, as usua~ were not so coy. After al~ over the
years. they had "given" her half a dozen abortions. They had got fed up with
aborting Margaret at least once a year. They "confirmed" she was two months
pregnant at the time of her death. Whether she was or wasn't would be
irrelevant, except for the fact that if it were a Super-Establishment plot, this
would have made a significant difference to their decision. In late October
1997 - three months after the tragedy - Paris Match, who had itself not
published the material, put onto the market the official blood tests taken trom
Diana on the night of her death. These would have presumably proved the
issue one way or the other.
By the Saturday of the fateful weekend, the Continental press and Fleet
Street were convinced an announcement was forthcoming. probably on
Monday. Whatever we feel about the British media, and especially the pop
tabloids, they are generally extremely well-informed. News is like wildfire in
the trade and the rat-pack in particular have a sort of antenna which feeds off
If the press knew this, or highly suspected it, it is inconceivable that the
Super-Establishment did not know as well. In the conspiracy theory, which
includes them, then if they were sure that on that very Sunday she would be
telling the boys that she planned to marry and was pregnant, then they only
had one night left. This could well account for the type of assassination carried
out. There are so many better ways to carry it out than in a high-speed car
chase in Paris. Most perfect would have been, like Maxwell, at sea.
Experienced assassins could even have arranged a "natural" death. But events
had caught them off guard. If an announcement was imminent they had
twenty-four hours to accomplish it.
If this was an assassination, it was a messy one, indicating it was a spur
of the moment job. If: however, it was an act of terrorism, then this was a
classic textbook hit.
Conspiracy theorists are obsessed with the word "landmines". There was huge
Internet traffic pointing out that the mystery car seen racing away from the
scene of the crash was a Fiat Uno and that the Italian Fiat company is a major
producer of landmines. As landmine production (as with most arms), is a
multi-million dollar industry it is widely presumed that the manUfacturers
would be hopping mad with Diana -to the extent of even plotting against her.
In fact, most ironically, nothing could be further fromthe truth.
Diana, in life and death, put a world focus on the hitherto virtually
ignored obscenity of landmines. So potent was her backing of the Red Cross
campaign that it led on her death to some 57 countries ratifying an agreement
to ban them. The Americans coyly refused because of their commitments in
Korea. The Chinese didn't beat around the bush and made no promises at all.
But the Americans were sorely embarrassed. The new Blair government,
despite all sorts of misgivings by the military, was simply forced to give in
because of the overwhelming public opinion.
Landmines played a vital role in the British military activities right up
to both the Falklands and Gulf wars and it was argued that if we didn't use
them the other side would. They were a traditional part of any war. They argue
that landmines had become a grotesque but essential part of any real offensive.
The British Ministry of Defence had become increasingly disturbed by
Diana's anti-landmine activities. So had the Foreign Office. She was meddling
not only in strategic defence tactics, but also those of matters of state. Diana
was no longer a "royal" but, until she burst out of the system, the Defence
Ministry and the Foreign Office would have kept a very tight control on how
the Royals were manipulated in such circumstances -for the supposed gain of
Great Britain. Here was a semi-royal - regarded by most of the world as the
only royal - gallivanting around the globe at will, uncontrolled, and, more
important, taking the global spotlight with her. How could they possibly
object to her overt backing of something as respectable as the Red Cross? And
banning something as ultimately grotesque as landmines?
But the industry itselfhad no objections because the very manufacturers
of the world's most grotesque landmines are also the only people properly
equipped to remove them. So, in many ways, the industry was delighted with
For example, a company called CMS began developing mines for the
American military in 1986. They made fat profits because of the Gulf War -
but ten times as much from clearing the mines. The clearance operation was so
lucrative that they abandoned production completely and concentrated on
clearance. Their turnover is now $160 million a year and, if Diana's proposals
lead to an upsurge of activity, which it is already doing, they will make much,
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|Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:36 am Post subject:
London: 30 January 1998
This book sets out a clear conjecture which is unlikely to ever be properly
proved. We argue that it was entirely feasible that a hit squad ofprofess~o~l.
deadly, international terrorists, who have for years. had the Fay~~ ~y m
their sights, with the connivance, or at least the blessmg, of the Bntlsh Super-
Establishment," successfully assassinated the Princess of Wales and her lover.
It is, of course, a conspiracy theory -one of hundreds going the rounds
at time of writing, most of them entire claptrap. This conspiracy theory,
however, is impossible to disprove.
The best conspiracy theories must answer three crucial questions: Who,
Why and How? I have set out to answer these. A professional assassination
plot sets out to achieve three major factors: (i) to extinguish the target(s); (ii)
to leave no evidence; (iii) to successfully cover up any possible speculation
after the event. (The well known maxim in espionage is the "eleventh
comm~~ment": "Thou shalt not.be caught"). This means that there is rarely
~y posItIvepr~of unless something has been bungled. My central conjecture
IS that professIOnals could well have created a scenario in which all
investigationswould lead to "proof' of an accident.
. This book cannot be definitive at this time. But people or organisations
Wl~ far greater resources than mine will inevitably take off from this starting
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Contents : : 3
I -Background "'''''''''''''''''''''''''' " ..." 5
Angus James Wilson.. " 5
Scallywag , ., 7
The Meeting ",""'"'''''''''''''''''''''' 10
Asil Nadir , 14
II - TheFirst"Accident" 17
III . The Baroness , 22
IV -The Super-Establishment 26'
Society , 28
feter Wright 28
Freemasons no.."""""""" 30
Gays """""'"'''''''''''''''''''' 30
Yes Minister. , 31
AI. Fayed , ,., 33
Royal Reticence. ... '''''''''''''''''''''''' 38
Loose Cannons , 39
V - Egyptians .." 41
VI - TheInternet 45
Who didn't kill Diana?... , " 48
Terrorism , 50
Coke , 51
The French , 52
VII - Love and Marriage? 53
Pulling Out 56
The Lovers 57
Dodi , 58
Pregnancy no , "... 60
VIII -Landmines... .".. 61
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