Investigations Into Princess Diana's Murder. Was She Really Murdered?
POLICE are examining new information believed to be alleging Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were murdered by a former British soldier.
It is understood the allegation was made by the former parents-in-law of a former soldier based on information that the ex-soldier talked about in the past, according to a military source.
It is believed the information was passed to the Metropolitan Police through the Royal Military Police.
Scotland Yard is now assessing the"relevance and credibility" of the new information.
The 'People's Princess', her boyfriend Fayed and their driver Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in a Paris tunnel after leaving the Ritz Hotel on August 31, 1997. Diana was 36.
A royal spokeswoman said there will be no comment on the matter from Prince William or Prince Harry, or from Clarence House.
British police say they are assessing new information concerning the 1997 death of Princess Diana in a Paris car accident.
Police have also refused to provide details on the new intelligence, only saying the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit.
"The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility," it said in a statement.
"This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget."
Former Met Police Commissioner Lord Stevens' Paget investigation was launched in 2004 at the request of Michael Burgess, the Royal Coroner, who was then overseeing the future Diana inquest.
The former top policeman published his report in December 2006, rejecting the murder claims voiced by some, including Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed.
Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were killed when their Mercedes Benz crashed at high speed in Paris tunnel.
In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana and Fayed were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.
The hearing, which cost $13.7 million, lasted more than 90 days with evidence from around 250 witnesses.
Meanwhile, Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said the new information also references other areas of Princess Diana's private life.
"The information we're told was passed to Scotland Yard quite recently. It also includes, we understand, references to something known as Diana's diary," he said.
"These are very early days, the information has just come in, and Scotland Yard is adamant in saying that this is not a reopening of its investigation from 2004 when it spent three years looking into the circumstances of the Princess' death.
Harrods dedicates one of its windows to Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, whose father owned the luxury department store.
"But it is taking the information seriously and it is considering and it is possible that a new investigation may open."
The latest police announcement coincides with the upcoming anniversary of the couple's death – August 31.