PRINCESS DIANA thought Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed, the father of her lover Dodi, had her bugged, the High Court inquest into her death heard yesterday.

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Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, relived a conversation she had with the Princess a few days before the fatal car Paris car crash that took the lives of Diana, Dodi and driver Henri Paul.

At the time of the phone chat, Diana was with Dodi holidaying on Mohammed Al Fayed’s yacht and McCorquodale told the inquest that “[Diana] thought the boat was being bugged by Mr Al Fayed Snr.”

Diana provided her sister with no evidence and it may that the princess’s suspicions say something about her state of mind and therefore throw doubt on her other theories that she was being bugged by the British secret service. On the other hand, as they say, “just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t watching me.”

In further testimony, McCorquodale played down Mohammed Al Fayed’s much trumpeted claims that his son and Diana had plans to marry. Diana, said McCorquodale, told her that it would be a “waste of time” talking to Dodi about a problem she had with the French newspaper Le Monde.

“From that, I just did not think that the relationship had much longer to go,” she added.

The inquest continues.