SAS embarrassed by claims, report says
One has to be cautious of Diana stories in the Daily Express, which has been running them regularly for the past sixteen years, but today's instalment - that the SAS has launched an internal inquiry into how the elite regiment became embroiled in allegations that it killed Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed - has the ring of truth.
The Express quotes sources 'close to' General Sir Peter Wall, head of the British Army, as saying that the controversy was “the most embarrassing and potentially damaging event in the regiment’s 70-year history”.
According to the paper, another officer called it a “fiasco” for a regiment “supposed to operate in the shadows”.
Scotland Yard announced earlier this month that they were examining new evidence after the family of a former Special Forces operative allegedly broke the code of silence surrounding her death.
The claims originate from the family of a star witness who appeared in a recent court case involving members of the elite SAS Special Forces unit. In a letter written by the estranged in-laws of a man known only as “Soldier N,” it is claimed that the ex-Special Forces operative had boasted that the SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death” in conversations with his ex-wife.
With speculation building that Prince Harry is planning to get engaged to his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, Tom Sykes sifts the evidence.
While the royal family’s answer to Liz Taylor and Richard Burton (that’s Fergie and Andrew) have been grabbing the most wedding rumors this week, there is every possibility that a more imminent engagement could be in the cards.
And for Prince Harry to marry his girlfriend of almost two years, Cressida Bonas, we wouldn’t have to wait for Prince Philip to die first, which is undoubtedly a precondition of any fresh York hookup.
Speculating about when and with whom Harry might walk down the aisle has been a popular pastime ever since his brother's nuptials, and the truth is, like the rest of us, he ain’t getting any younger.
Man murdered at game park where William proposed to Kate
Prince William's office said today that he is 'saddened' to learn of the death of a retired army officer who helped run a game reserve where he proposed to Kate Middleton.
Lieutenant Colonel David Parkinson, 58, was killed after a gang of five robbers, armed with machetes and a gun, broke into his house in Kenya.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, fed a 5-year-old black rhino called Zawadi involved in a translocation project as part of Tusk Trust when he he visited Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent on June 6, 2012 (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
According to Sky News, during the confrontation, Lt Col Parkinson's hand was cut off and he was fatally wounded.
Kate Middleton photographed out shopping in Wales
The Royalist's sources told him that Kate would be heading down to Wales with her baby prince, and so it has come to pass.
And today Kate was photographed shopping at her local supermarket, wearing Sebago flats, a stripy top and shades perched jauntily on her head, the first time she has been pictured since the birth. Popsugar have all the pics! And yes, she look fantastic.
Hasnat Khan breaks his silence to launch scathing attack on new biopic
I, for one, am waiting with bated breath for the new Diana film to come out next month, but the man at the centre of the narrative, Diana’s penultimate lover Hasnat Khan, is not quite so excited, slamming the movie as mere, “gossip,” and vowing he will never see it.
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the new film, Diana.
Dr Khan, who was nicknamed Mr Wonderful by the Princess, has rarely spoken to the press but has been provoked into launching a scathing criticism of the forthcoming movie, claiming it was “completely wrong” and vowing he would never watch it after seeing just one still image from the film, which shows the actors playing him and Diana side by side at the hospital where they met.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Dr Khan, commenting on the actors’ stance in the still, said: “I could tell immediately those were never our mannerisms at all, with [my] hands folded behind the back and all that. You could tell from that picture that it is all just presumed about how we would behave with each other, and they have got it completely wrong. There wasn't any hierarchy in our relationship. She wasn't a Princess and I wasn't a doctor. We were friends, and normal people stand like friends with each other.”
Fergie’s dramatic rehabilitation continues, with reports she and Andrew could ‘formalize’ their newfound affection.
There could have been no clearer demonstration of the continuing contempt in which Fergie—or rather “The Duchess” as she insists on being referred to despite the “Call me Sarah” attitude always on display during TV interviews—was held than when the invites for William and Kate’s wedding were sent out in 2011.
Astonishingly, among the thousand-plus invitees, Sarah Ferguson’s name was not on the list. The royals hate Fergie, and they are not afraid of showing it.
Prince Andrew is seen kissing Sarah Ferguson on the balcony, after their wedding ceremony at Buckingham Palace in this photo. (Bettmann / Corbis)
But now, in an astonishing reversal of fortune for the loud-mouthed redhead who became the bane of the British establishment, Fergie has been invited back to the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, for the first time in 20 years—and the British press was swirling this weekend with amazing rumors that she and Andrew have reignited their romantic relationship and may even be planning to remarry.
Breaking the royal tradition, pics were taken by proud grandfather, Michael Middleton.
Mario Testino is the royal portrait photographer of choice, but for the first official shots of Prince George, William and Kate chose to keep it in the family.
Photographs beamed around the world depicting the future king of England were taken by a proud grandfather in the family’s backyard. The photo credit on these images reads: Michael Middleton.
Mike and Carole were the first visitors to the Lindo wing of St Mary's hospital and their close relationship with their daughter has seen Kate spend her first weeks with the baby in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
After leaking early on Twitter.
The first official family portraits featuring newborn Prince George were released today, after being leaked on Twitter three hours early. The two portraits show Duchess Catherine holding the baby with Prince William. In one, the couple’s cocker spaniel, Lupo, is seated next to them. (We think we also spy Tilly, the Middleton family’s golden retriever, just out of the frame.) Breaking from tradition, the pictures were taken earlier this month not by a professional photographer, but by Kate's father, Michael Middleton, outside a royal setting, at her family’s home in Bucklebury.
The Diana conspiracy theorists have struck again, and this time Scotland Yard is investigating. Despite mountains of evidence to prove her death was an accident, Tina Brown says some fantasists just can't let it go.
Here we go again. Scotland Yard has revived the old phantoms of conspiracy with the announcement that it is looking into new claims that Lady Diana and her lover, Dodi Fayed, were victims of an assassination. According to a new book by Alan Power, The Princess Diana Conspiracy, the latest allegations of murder most foul spring from the trial of one Sgt. Danny Nightingale, an SAS sniper convicted of possessing illegal weapons. The estranged parents-in-law of a witness against Nightingale, “Soldier N,” claimed he had told his wife that an SAS unit called The Increment had contrived to make Diana’s chauffeur crash into the 13th pillar of Paris’s Pont de l’Alma Tunnel on August 31, 1997, by disguising a secret service agent as a paparazzo to shine a strobe light into the driver’s eyes.
Diana, Princess of Wales, in Zenica on August 9, 1997. (Ian Waldie/AP)
This is old potatoes indeed, but Scotland Yard is taking it seriously enough to announce an investigation. And perhaps the most interesting aspect is that this time the allegations have not come from Dodi’s crazed, vengeful father, Mohamed Al Fayed, who spent 11 years accusing Prince Philip of ordering up the hit team to assassinate Diana to stop her from marrying a Muslim (by whom, he claimed, she was pregnant).
At one time in the frantic aftermath of the tragedy, there were not just thousands of feverish stories of high-level plots to cause Diana’s car to crash but 35,000 conspiracy sites, factories of fantasy. They were all blown out by the first of the French inquiries and then by the exhaustive official inquest in London in 2008.
Sixteen years after a fatal car crash in a Parisian tunnel, Scotland Yard is investigating claims that Princess Diana was assassinated by the British military. Nico Hines reports.
Was Princess Diana assassinated by the British military? Scotland Yard announced this weekend that they were examining that possibility after the family of a former Special Forces operative allegedly broke the code of silence surrounding her death.
Diana, Princess of Wales attends a centenary gala at the Tate Gallery in London, July 1, 1997. (Dave Benett/Getty )
Sixteen years after a fatal car crash in a Parisian tunnel, some argue that questions still remain over the cause of a collision that killed Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, and a host of conspiracy theorists have claimed that the British military or the royal family were behind the crash.
Since the closure of a formal inquiry into her death, the British police have not considered any of the theories worthy of investigation, until now.
British police said Saturday that new evidence shows a former soldier bragged to his parents that the military was behind the princess’s 1997 death in car crash, reigniting suspicion that foul play was involved in the tragedy.
The British military has been accused of masterminding a plot that killed Princess Diana.
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Scotland Yard announced Saturday night that police officers were examining claims that the elite SAS Special Forces unit was behind the death of the princess in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Conspiracy theories first emerged within hours of the fatal crash that killed Diana and Dodi Fayed when their car struck the 13th pillar of the Alma Tunnel 16 years ago. Official inquiries concluded that their driver was drunk and had crashed accidentally while being pursued by the paparazzi, although Diana had feared that members of the royal family were plotting to have her killed.
Farewell, Wales! William says he’s leaving his post as a rescue pilot to focus on the ‘mentally demanding’ task of raising baby George. Nico Hines on what Wills and Kate will do next.
Prince William says looking after baby George is as much hard work as his grueling day job—so it’s just as well he’s decided to quit his full-time post as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.
Prince William gives his father, Prince Charles, a tour of the RAF rescue base in July 2012 in Valley, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty)
The Duke of Cambridge gave the first public insight into the young family’s plans Wednesday when he revealed that he would leave his post and move away from Anglesey, the remote Welsh island where he and Kate had their first home in a cottage that can be most generously described as “cozy.”
The royals’ abrupt departure poses an obvious question: where will they raise their tiny heir? That will depend on William’s new job. It seems a little early for the future king to assume purely royal duties like his father, Prince Charles, and the queen, but there is speculation that he will take on a less demanding role in London with the Household Cavalry, which would allow him to ease into the life of a full-time royal.
The Royals are on holiday, and so is the Royalist.
The Queen is on holiday – with her Corgis, naturally – in Balmoral, Prince Philip is heading there on Monday and the guest of honor, Prince Georgie, is due up later in the month accompanied by his parents, William and Kate.
So the Royalist is taking a break too. I’ll be back here bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on on Monday 26 August, all ready for the new term. Of course if any big royal news breaks, the Daily Beast team will be all over it, as you would expect.
On Hols: Prince Charles and Princess Anne play in the sand with a Corgi at a beach in 1957 (Buckingham Palace / Clarence House via Getty Images)
Until then, I leave you with this rather charming vintage picture of one the Queen’s corgis playing in the sand with Charles and Anne in 1957.
Kate will be joing William in Wales, sources tell the Royalist
Kate Middleton will be joining Prince William "at some stage" on the Isle of Anglesey, a senior courtier at Kensington Palace has told the Royalist, raising the intriguing possibility that the newest Royal Family could be planning, in a major break with tradition, to raise an heir to the throne completely outside the royal sphere of influence.
William returned to his RAF base on Anglesey yesterday when his paternity leave came to an end.
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The new information – the courtier was not willing to say when Kate might head to Wales - suggests that predictions that William may be about to shortly quit the RAF and move back to London could be wide of the mark, and that the couple may yet harbor a desire for their child to experience a more normal rural life in Wales.
William is back at work in Wales while Kate is staying on at her mom's
Sources at Kensington Palace are confirming that Prince William has returned to work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot on remote Anglesey, while Kate is staying on at her mum's in Berkshire, closer to London.
So far the new family have spent just one night at their London residence, Kensington Palace.
SAC Faye Storer
William will be back flying helicopters on his regular shifts in Wales rom today. He is ilkely, however, to have plenty of opportunity to spend time with his family because of the intensive nature of the work which sees pilots spend several days on call and then having several days off duty.
William is the first member of the royal family to have taken paternity leave.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.