Dodi bought ring for Diana

The renowned jeweller Repossi made its first detailed public comment on the purchase to refute numerous articles in the press which alleged that Al-Fayed had bought the ring for another woman. The company said it had not made the information public earlier on the advice of its lawyers.

“In August 1997, Mr Dodi Al-Fayed and Princess Diana went to the Repossi boutique in Monte Carlo, where they chose a ring,” the jeweller said in a statement.

The billionaire son of Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed “wanted the ring to be ready by August 30, 1997, at the latest. The Repossi workshops are usually shut during that period but they nevertheless altered the ring to the right size”, the statement said.

On August 30, 1997, just a few hours before he and Diana were killed, “Dodi Al-Fayed went to the Repossi boutique on the Place Vendome (Paris) to collect the engagement ring, which came from the ‘Say Yes’ collection, to give it to Princess Diana”, the jeweller said.

Repossi said it had proof of the event in the form of a receipt and a close circuit television recording from the boutique on the high-class Place Vendome, both dated August 30, 1997. Both had been submitted to the judicial authorities investigating the subsequent car crash.

Diana, 36, and Al-Fayed, 42, were killed with chauffeur Henri Paul when their high-powered Mercedes crashed in the Pont d’Alma tunnel in Paris on the night of August 30-31, 1997.

They were being pursued at the time by paparazzi photographers, after leaving the Ritz Hotel for Fayed’s apartment.

A two-year investigation in France blamed Paul for losing control of the car because he was drunk, high on prescription drugs and driving too fast.

Diana married Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in July 1981 and was a hugely popular member of the royal family. The couple separated in December 1992 and divorced in August 1996.

The British media said on Sunday that a long-awaited report into Diana’s death will confirm the findings of the French probe that it was an accident and refute theories of a plot by British intelligence.

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