Photographer 'Offered Diana Photos To Tabloid'

The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has heard how a photographer rang a tabloid newspaper from the scene of the crash, offering photographs of the princess.

The photographs of the princess in the wreckage of the Mercedes car she was travelling in, which crashed in Paris' Pont de l'Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997, were taken by Romauld Rat.

Kenneth Lennox, from 'The Sun' newspaper, told the inquest that he had been at home on the night of August 30 when he received a phone call from Mr Rat, which he described as "slightly panicked".

Mr Lennox told the inquest that Mr Rat had offered him photographs of Diana involved in a car crash exclusively in the UK for £300,000. He said that Mr Rat said that the crash was serious and that the princess' lover, Dodi Al Fayed was very badly injured, but that Diana "did not look too severely hurt at all".

Mr Lennox told the inquest that he "had to see the pictures" and admitted that in principle, he said yes to buying them.

The inquest heard how the first photograph showed Diana sitting in the car with a trickle of blood on her face, while the second showed Diana being attended to by a doctor with a portable oxygen mask.

The jury heard that neither of the images were among photographs taken by Mr Rat in the tunnel, which were later recovered by French police.

Diana, Mr Fayed and the couple's driver Henri Paul were killed in the crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel on August 31.

The inquest continues.


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