In August 1997, Mohamed Al Fayed phoned my late father, George Carman, QC, to arrange a joint meeting with Diana, Princess of Wales and his son Dodi. George’s advice was needed on privacy matters. The meeting never happened. On August 31 the Princess and Dodi were killed, together with driver Henri Paul, when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.
At the British inquest into their deaths, to be opened today by the coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker, the jury will be visiting the site in Paris. The inquest could last until next Easter.
Al Fayed will be represented by Michael Mansfield, QC, a name synonymous with fighting miscarriages of justice. Among his many causes c?lè-bres are the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence and Angela Canning, wrongly convicted for murdering her two sons.