Princes William and Harry agree with the jury’s verdict that their mother Princess Diana was unlawfully killed.

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The young royals released a statement yesterday thanking the panel and saying they were “grateful” to all those involved with the six-month inquest at London’s High Court into the princess’ death.

The jury ruled Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were killed due to the “gross negligence” of driver Henri Paul – who also died in the Paris car crash on August 31, 1997 – because he was drunk behind the wheel of the car, and the pursuing paparazzi.

In their statement, the princes said: “We agree with their verdicts, and are both hugely grateful to each and every one of them for the forbearance they have shown in accepting such significant disruption to their lives over the past six months.

“Both of us are much indebted to the Coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, for his unfailing courtesy.

“We are particularly grateful to Trevor Rees (Diana’s bodyguard who survived the crash), and to others who came forward to give evidence – in many cases reawakening their painful and personal memories.

“Finally, the two of us would like to express our most profound gratitude to all those who fought so desperately to save our mother’s life on that tragic night.”

Meanwhile, Dodi’s father Mohamed Al Fayed has slammed the verdict and is still insisting the pair were murdered by the British establishment.

His spokeswoman Katherine Witty said: “It’s been a long fight to uncover the truth. I’m not the only person who says they were murdered. I am disappointed.

“Many new relevant facts were withheld from the public. I’ve always believed that Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth held valuable evidence that only they know.

“Diana and Dodi looked forward to a future together, and I’ll always mourn their loss, to me and to the world.”

The Harrods boss is now considering mounting a legal challenge to the verdict.