Top security man Alan McGregor, 68, says a mystery bellboy was allowed to drive her car minutes before the fatal crash in 1997
Alan McGregor, 68, says a mystery bellboy was allowed to drive her car minutes before her fatal crash 20 years ago.
Top bodyguard says protection at the hotel on the night Princess Diana died ‘was a mess’
Top security man Alan McGregor says Princess Diana’s death was ‘no surprise’ as the security was ‘shambolic’
He believes an alleged plot to kill her could have been six months in the making.
And he told how he once paid guerrillas £100million to stop them attacking Diana on her Red Cross trip to Angola.
Alan, who worked for the Saudi Secret Service, was tasked with protecting the nation’s royals at the Ritz in Paris in the months leading up to Diana’s death on August 31, 1997.
At the time the Princess would regularly visit with lover Dodi Fayed.
Alan revealed: “The night she died my wife woke up to tell me the news.
“My first response was ‘I’m not surprised’.
Dodi Fayed, right, puts a protective arm around Princess Diana at The Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1997
Pictures of the wreckage after Princess Diana’s death in Paris 20 years ago
Investigators at the scene look at the wreckage after the tragic crash that killed Princess Diana
“I’d seen so many breaches in her security at that hotel and strange goings-on it was bound to happen sooner or later.
“The security that night was ludicrous.”
He said a bellboy in green uniform and matching cap drove her car to the hotel’s back entrance.
It was left there unattended until driver Henri Paul emerged a few minutes later.
Driver Henri Paul was said to have been three times over the drink-drive limit
Princess Diana pictured on holiday with her partner Dodi Fayed
Security expert claims Princess Diana ‘feared for her life’
Alan claims it was the biggest security breach he knew of in six years of working at The Ritz.
He said: “Why was it driven by a bellboy? It should have been a specially-trained driver or a security agent. He could have been anyone.
“You just don’t do that in security — especially when it’s somebody as high profile as Diana.
“Nobody used that entrance either because it wasn’t secure. Any member of the public could have walked up to it.
Alan, who worked for the Saudi Secret Service, was tasked with protecting the royals in Paris
Brit bodyguard Alan slams security at The Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1997
Alan McGregor pictured inside The Ritz Hotel in 1997
“It’s the responsibility of her team to make sure things like that didn’t happen but they just treated her like it was anyone. It was almost like Dodi Fayed wanted the paparazzi to see them together.
“They also got that car from the hotel’s public car park rather than the secure underground one.
“And Henri Paul had been appointed their driver but he wasn’t qualified either.
“There was no way he should have been put in that position.
Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed pictured in the backseat of the car shortly before the fatal crash in 1997
Princess Diana died in Paris on August 31, 1997
Princess Diana pictured with Elizabeth Dole, president of the American Red Cross, at a gala in 1997
“He knew everyone at the hotel and would supply information of guestlists to security for money. But he wasn’t a security driver or a chauffeur and The Ritz had its own pool of personnel and limousines, plus licensed limousine chauffeurs.
“Diana herself used to always say she feared for her life and nobody ever really asked why.
“The question is whether it was planned?
Princess Diana visited the £4,000-a-night hotel in Paris with her lover Dodi Fayed
Alan McGregor says a mystery bellboy was allowed to drive the car before the fatal crash
“You could say all the elements that led to her death were just a tragic coincidence but part of me believes it could have been six months in the making. While I was working in Angola earlier that year we had lots of meetings to discuss ways Diana might be killed or injured.
“One of our biggest fears was a car crash and just eight months later, that’s exactly what happened.”
Following a 2008 inquest driver Paul, who crashed the car in the Alma Tunnel in Paris, and paparazzi photographers were blamed for Diana and Dodi’s unlawful killing.
Paul was said to have been three times over the drink-drive limit.
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But CCTV footage showed no signs of drunken behaviour. Dad-of-four Alan said: “Paul wasn’t a drinker at all. I never saw him buying alcohol. He just wasn’t that sort of bloke. It doesn’t make any sense.
“I’d been through that tunnel so many times too and it would have been almost impossible to hit that pillar.
“I don’t think anybody will ever know what really happened. But, for me, a lot of things didn’t add up.”
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Princess Diana pictured at Christies auctioneers in London
Alan retired from the Saudi Secret Service five years ago and is hoping to release a book on his experience. Earlier this week Henri Paul’s father Jean, 85, said he fears he will die without knowing the truth.
He claims Diana and Dodi were killed in an Establishment plot to stop her marrying a Muslim.
He says his son was collateral damage. Jean, who lives in Lorient, France, also believes samples showing his son had alcohol in his system could have been tampered with after his death.
He said: “Diana was killed and my son was killed.
“I believe they were both murdered.”
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