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Princess Diana Death/Conspiracy Documentary ‘Unlawful Killing’: Cannes Controversy

Princess Diana Dodi Fayed Unlawful Killing
Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed, Unlawful Killing.

Screened at Cannes on Friday, Keith Allen’s documentary about the British royal family, Unlawful Killing, will likely fail to find the popular reception accorded to The Queen, The King’s Speech, and Will and Kate’s wedding.

After all, the self-proclaimed “antidote to The King’s Speech,” is a documentary that, as per The Associated Press, “claims Britain’s royals are racist ‘gangsters in tiaras’ and Prince Philip is a womanizing psychopath.” In other words, you won’t find any royals protecting deer, rallying the masses to fight Nazis, or saying “I do.”

Three years in the making, the Mohamed Al Fayed-financed Unlawful Killing asserts that Princess Diana and Al Fayed’s son Dodi were killed by the British secret service. According to Al Fayed, the British political establishment (that includes the royals) were horrified that Diana was romantically involved with a Muslim. Diana herself believed that her husband, Prince Charles, was planning her “accidental” death in a car crash. [Check out Unlawful Killing trailer below.]

An inquest held ten years after the 1997 deadly crash inside a Paris tunnel reached the (official) conclusion that there had been no conspiracy or cover-up. Diana’s driver, Henri Paul, who also died in the crash, was blamed for being drunk; also to blame were the pursuing paparazzi. No one was ever brought to trial.

Best known for his work in front of the camera (e.g., Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Others), Allen says he “didn’t want to make a sensationalist film,” though some may disagree: Unlawful Killing shows a post-crash picture of Diana inside the Mercedes that, as per the film’s press release, has never before been published anywhere.

Ironically, Unlawful Killing will likely be banned in the UK for legal reasons. The film’s lawyers recommended 87 cuts that Allen refused to make.

In the film’s press release, Allen is thus quoted:

Screening this film in Cannes for the world’s media will be both exhilarating and terrifying for me. As far back as 2004, I had been intrigued by Mohammed Al Fayed’s unrelenting determination to seek answers to the questions surrounding the death of his son, Dodi and Princess Diana. By going ‘undercover’ at the inquest, I hoped to reconcile some of my own suspicions too- but what I experienced was horrifying. This film is, in short, the inquest of the inquest.

Locomotive Distribution is handling worldwide sales efforts for Unlawful Killing.

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Scorpio -

Oh dear, it didn’t take long for the religious nut-bars to crawl out of the woodwork.

However I do agree that the failure of the “inquiry” and the ongoing discussions of the many suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic “accident” must be painful for the Princes.

Surely they would have been better served by a truly thorough investigation by independent individuals who had not taken an oath of loyalty to the Crown. Would the public have accepted the outcome of an inquiry which was conducted and controlled by a group of people who had sworn loyalty to Mr Al-Fayad? If not, why not?

People need to examine the facts with an open mind, doing so should yield at least some degree of discomfort with the official verdict from the Crown’s (unbiased?) employees.

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blue Sapphire -

I believe that heavenwill sort it out

I believe that her sons are unbearably totured by all fo this

I believe this would preent her soul from making a peaceful ascension

All our Hope is in God

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