'Diana was not pregnant at the time of death'

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London, Nov 27 (UNI) Princess Diana showed no signs of pregnancy when she died and was just enjoying a 'frienship' with her alleged lover Dodi Fayed , an inquest jury probing their death was told.

The London High Court was told yesterday that an autopsy of Diana's body carried out on August 31 1997, the day princess and Dodi Fayed died in a car accident in Paris , found no signs of pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Diana's driver Colin Tebbutt dismissed the findings that the princess was preparing to announce her engagement to Dodi and told the jury that her relation with him was nothing more than frienship, the Daily Mail reported.

Dr Robert Chapman, the Home Office pathologist who carried out the post-mortem on Diana, told the court that there were no signs of being pregnant, although he conceded that no tests were done to prove conclusively that this was the case.

He told the inquest that Princess Diana's womb and ovaries did not show any signs of pregnancy.

Dr Chapman, however said his findings would have been ''more complete'' if he had taken a tissue sample from the princess's body.

But he said he was ''very satisfied'' that his visual examination was thorough enough to support his view that she was not pregnant.

Notingly, at the opening of the inquest in October, Lord Justice Scott Baker had said any pregnancy was unlikely to ''be proved one way or the other''.

Diana's driver on being enquired about the Princess's relationship with Dodi said : ''I think she was enjoying his company.'' ''She never mentioned to me in respect of a forthcoming engagement to Dodi Fayed or a major change in her life,'' he told the inquest.

''In my opinion she was enjoying a friendship, a holiday, and using the Al Fayed organisation's helicopter and aeroplane,'' he added.

The jury had previously heard that Dodi's father, Mohamed al Fayed, believed that Diana and his son were murdered by security services because she was pregnant.

He claimed that Diana's body was deliberately embalmed in Paris to obscure the results of any pregnancy test that might have been conducted on her.


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