Has Mohamed Al Fayed's Nazi jibe against Prince Philip backfired?


Harrods boss faces flak for courtroom tirade

Has Mohamed Al Fayed's Nazi jibe against Prince Philip backfired?

THE CHARISMATIC Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed's courtroom tirade at the UK's establishment and Prince Philip in particular may have backfired.

Mohamed Al Fayed branded Britain's Prince Philip a "Nazi racist" yesterday (18.02.08) at the inquest into the death of Princess Diana.

The Harrods boss - whose son Dodi was killed in a Paris car crash along with the princess on August 31, 1997 - claims Diana's former father-in-law was behind a plot to murder the couple and wanted him punished.

Speaking about Philip - who is married to Queen Elizabeth and is of Greek heritage - Al Fayed told the jury at London's High Court: "It is time to send him back to Germany or from where he came from.

"You want to know his original name, it ends with Frankenstein.

"He is a person who grew up with the Nazis, brought up by his auntie who married Hitler's general. This is the man who is in charge (of the country), who can do anything, who manipulates. They are still living in the 18th and 19th century."

Then speaking about Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, he said: "She suffered for 20 years from this Dracula family."

Al Fayed claims Philip and Charles wanted Diana and Dodi dead because the couple were about to announce their engagement and the princess was pregnant.

He insists the pair were not willing to accept Dodi, a Muslim man, as stepfather to Diana and Charles' eldest son Prince William, who is second in line to the throne.

The businessman also claims Charles planned to kill them so he would be free to marry his then girlfriend Camilla Parker-Bowles, who became known as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, after their marriage in 2005.

Al Fayed said: "Prince Charles was involved. He participated definitely and I am sure he knows what is going to happen because he would like to get on and marry his Camilla.

"And this is what happened. They cleared the decks, they finished her, they murdered her and now he is happy.

"He married his crocodile wife and he is happy with that. Those are the two main people, Prince Philip and Prince Charles.

"He will not accept my son as a person who is a different religion, naturally tanned, curly hair."

As well as Philip and Charles, Al Fayed - who claims Diana had told him she was pregnant before she died - also accused Tony Blair, Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, judges, police chiefs, senior politicians, the secret services of Britain and France, the CIA, newspaper editors and even Diana's sister of being involved.

The coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, said: "There seems to be an awful lot of people involved in this conspiracy."

Facing questions outside court after his appearance, Mr Fayed - clearly charged with fresh grief and anger at the loss of his son - blasted a BBC reporter as a fascist and MI6 agent.

Diana Conspiracy Theories

Submitted by Peter on Thu, 2008-02-21 12:40.

There is a lofty majesty at the very heart of an English courtroom; a compelling mix of oak panelling, horse hair and fine ermine. For all the tradition-fuelled authority this inspires though, there is thankfully always the chance that the pomposity will be pricked and comic farce will prevail.

Earlier this week a certain Egyptian shopkeeper did just that at The Royal Courts of Justice.

In a thundering display, Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed combined Mel Gibson with Michael Moore and firmly rounded on the British Establishment. He accused Prince Philip of coordinating a plot to kill Diana, Princess of Wales and his son Dodi. While not being able to produce any evidence to support this claim - the conspirators had removed this in a clumsy trail of cover-up he suggests - he did provide a colourful raison d'etre for the Royal Family's monstrous actions; they are in fact a family of monsters.

Not just any old monsters you understand but a genetic mutation of fact and fiction's most feared and evil ogres. From history we have Nazism (Prince Philip), from literature Frankenstein (Philip again), from nature the crocodile (Camilla) and for a hearty mix of all three we have Dracula (the whole batty family).

This is excellent stuff of course. We may have expected Al Fayed's crack legal team, led by anti-establishment stalwart Mike Mansfield Q.C., to reveal some killer evidence, such as the high-intensity flash light, the white Fiat Uno or even a pregnancy test kit. But when your foes are history's most evil then such tangibles become mere time-wasters compared to a thorough knowledge of Hammer House of Horror's back catalogue.

Not all see it this way. Frumpy parliamentarians are calling for an end to the case. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, said: "I think it's a total waste of time and money. The extraordinary performance of Al Fayed has turned the whole thing into a circus."

I beg to differ, m'Lud. Democracies are not just built upon free and fair elections, they are built upon systems that separate powers and check those powers. Ask yourself this; in how many countries in the world could you lambaste the great and the good in such terms in the certain knowledge that you will exit the court as a free man?

In his own way then, Al Fayed has confirmed the sanctity of the circus. Bravo.

- Peter D. Clee
(first published in our newsletter Ahoy)

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