By John Chapman
MYSTERIOUS “men in suits” were lurking in the tunnel where Princess Diana died in a car crash, a key witness has revealed. The witness claims he saw a dozen people standing in the shadows seconds before her tragic death in August 1997.
Record producer Jacques Morel, 59, believes that the group, which included photographers, expected to see Dianas Mercedes “brought to a halt by another car.” He claims her death was a “stunt” which went disastrously wrong.
Morel, now living in Tunisia, says his evidence will prove vital and could provide the key to the most controversial investigation in history. He has told British detectives: “I remember exactly what happened on the night of the crash.
“I was driving home after a Chinese meal with my wife Moufida. As we entered the Alma tunnel I saw to my left a dozen shady figures on a tiny pavement by the side of the opposite carriageway. They were standing in a long line. The sight was unforgettable. The pavement is narrow and next to fast-moving traffic. It was certainly not a sensible place to stand around.
“A few seconds later there was an almighty bang and a flash of light. I realised there had been a crash.
“My first thought was that those inside the tunnel were connected with what had happened. This thought has never left me.
“A car coming from the opposite direction had gone straight into a pillar. All of the other drivers stopped, so I did too. There was a symphony of car horns then white smoke filled the tunnel.
“I rushed to the crash scene. My mobile would not work when I tried to call emergency services.
“I was devastated when I saw the Princess in her white trousers in the back of the car. She looked so serene and peaceful but it was the end. It was one of the most heartbreaking scenes of my life. I will never forget seeing her face. Others were lying around Diana.
“I saw the white Fiat Uno being driven away by someone I later learned was James Andanson.”
“Many people wanted to prove Diana was not being looked after properly,” said Mr Morel.
On the night of her death, she was being minded by security guards employed by Dodi’s father, Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed. She had rejected offers from the Paris authorities to provide police or military escorts.
Morel told Scotland Yard he believes Henri Paul was involved in the plot. He had been seen chatting animatedly to photographers earlier in the evening.
“I am certain Paul was paid to drive through the Alma Tunnel where the stunt was to take place,” said Morel. “The cash was in his pocket when he was found dead.”
Paul had more than 2,000 in cash on him. Larger sums were paid into his numerous bank accounts days before the crash.
Morel is so convinced that “people in high authority” are trying to prevent him telling the truth that he has fled his Paris home to live with his family in an isolated North African coastal village near Tunis.
“I know too much, so that’s why I’ve comes here,” said Morel. “The only people carrying out a proper investigation are the English and they are telling me to be careful.”
Morel is to publish his theories in a book called The Witness. He said: “It might sound speculative to say people wanted to test out the security around Diana but my ideas are based on excellent contacts.
“The paparazzi would have co-operated in anything if it involved a hugely expensive picture.”
British detectives, who say there are huge holes in the initial French inquiry, are expected to complete their report this year.