Princess Diana was NOT pregnant or taking contraceptive pill when she died, reveals forensic scientist at heart of Operation Paget

She, along with her companion Dodi al-Fayed, perished when the car they were travelling in crashed at 60mph in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.

The nature of her death sparked a wave of conspiracy theories – including an allegation made by Dodi’s father, Mohamed al-Fayed, that Diana was pregnant when she died.

In 2004 Sir John Stevens, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, was asked by the coroner of the Queen’s household and the county of Surrey to investigate a number of aspects surrounding the car crash.

What followed was Operation Paget, a £12.5million inquiry that ruled Diana and Dodi were unlawfully killed by driver Herni Paul and chasing paparazzi.

Forensic scientist Professor Angela Gallop played a key role in investigating whether Mohamed al-Fayed's claims were true.

In an extract from her book, When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for the Truth, published in today's Sunday Times, she reveals it is "extremely likely that Diana was not pregnant at the time of her death, and that she had not been taking contraceptive pills".

Professor David Cowan, head of the department of forensic science and drug monitoring at King’s College London, led the investigation related to a possible pregnancy.

She explained how blood samples taken from Diana were analysed to see if they contained the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

Due to the princess receiving blood transfusions following the accident, the team took samples of blood from the carpet in the footwell of her seat in the Mercedes.

To deduce whether Diana had been taking the contraceptive pill, Professor Gallop told how they extracted a sample of her stomach contents.

“In the end, the results of all the tests were negative,” she wrote.

“Which meant it was extremely likely that Diana was not pregnant at the time of her death, and that she had not been taking contraceptive pills.

“According to Stevens, the results aligned with evidence from her family and friends that there had been nothing to suggest she was pregnant.”

We previously told how Mohamed Al-Fayed still insists his unproven claims about the couple are true according to a close friend.

Here a pathologist who examined Princess Diana’s body reveals the questions people always ask him.

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