London, Oct 3 (UNI) Princess Diana was taking contraceptive pills when she died, an inquest jury probing her death heard today.
Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker told the jury that it was still suspected if the Princess was pregnant when she was killed, adding that scientific evidence might not be able to demonstrate ''one way or the other''.
However, he told the panel of 11 people hearing evidence on the deaths of the Princess and her lover Dodi Fayed that they would hear ''intimate''details of her personal life, Daily Mail reported Lord Scott as saying.
A day after inquest was opened to look into Pricess's murder mystery, Justice Scott in his opening address revealed that the Princess had been on the contraceptive pill and highlighted contradictory evidence over whether she was poised to get engaged to Dodi on the night she died.
The couple was killed in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31 1997. Dodi's father, Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed, is convinced they were murdered by MI6 under the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh because they believed the Princess was pregnant and might have been about to remarry.
The coroner said the question of whether Diana was pregnant, was relevant in two ways.
''First, her pregnancy or suspected pregnancy is said to have provided the motive or part of the motive for killing Diana,'' he told the jury.
''Second, her body was embalmed by the French and it is said that the purpose of this was to conceal that she was pregnant.''he added.