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PAGE A4 TlIE HOME NES&TRIBUNE MONDAY. SFPTF.MRF.R 1. 1997 PRINCESS DIANA MOURNED . J ' I .f ' f . . - 1 " 1 5 ir f -- j ' i - - . 1 : r .... w. . ,..- I, ii,,lMri i an -- - i . Ythimhimh --' Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed walk on a pontoon in the French Riviera resort of St. Tropez on Aug. 22. Simple ceremony precedes Fayed's burial near London THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Dodi Fayed was buried yesterday after a swift and simple Islamic ceremony in Britain, a cojuhtry that denied his father citizenship but welcomed his millions in investment. The quiet tribute to Fayed, 42, was overshadowed by national mourning for 36-year-old Princess Dpna, who died shortly after the same car crash in Paris early yesterday. Fayed's coffin, draped in a black cloth with gold lettering, arrived at the Central London mosque in Regent's Park shortly after nightfall. A police motorcyclist and two police cars escorted the hearse; about 50 mourners waited outside the mosque. Raafat Maglad, a prayer caller at the mosque, said Mohamed Al Fayed attended the 25-minute funeral for his son as did Egypt's ambassador to Britain. After, Fayed was buried at Brookwood cemetery, 25 miles southwest of London, police said. Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of Harrods department store in London and the Ritz hotel in Paris, had wanted his son to be buried in Britain, family spokesman Michael Cole ENGLAND: Continued from page Al half-staff across the kingdom. All soccer games the national sport were canceled. The airwaves were filled with "God Save the Queen," the national anthem. Hundreds of ordinary Britons, many in tears, gathered outside Kensington Palace, Diana's home. "She was one sparkling gem, very warm, a genuine person," said Josephine Boeg-Clarke, 65, her eyes red from crying. "She was banished by the royal family but she was the star member of the royal family," said royal biographer Anthony Holden. "It will be hard to see what they will be without her." ' In Paris, the French, too, like many around the world, joined in lamenting the loss of a princess who had carried on with style and smiles through years of adversity in an ill-fitting marriage. "She had everything," said Pascale Tremblay, a waitress in a Parisian bakery. "She was as good as she was beautiful." Charles had flown to Paris yesterday afternoon with Diana's two sis ters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, to retrieve the remains of the woman he divorced last year after 15 years of marriage. French President Jacques Chirac and his wife, Bernadette, met the heir The Associated Press said earlier yesterday. "He is very patriotic about this country," Cole said. Buckingham Palace said funeral arrangements for Princess Diana would be announced today. Fayed the Oscar-winning producer of the 1981 film "Chariotsof Fire," as well as "The World f According to Garp," "FX" and "Hook" had not been well known in Britain until his romance with Diana hit thp tahlniHs last mnnth I His father, however, was quite prominent: He had come from Egypt and ended up owning some of Europe's flagship businesses. He flew in private helicopters and sailed in extravagant yachts. But Al Fayed has never attained British citizenship. Authorities determined he lied about his background and finances when he immigrated. His son's high style of living and entertaining produced a trail of lawsuits over unpaid bills. Fayed was a graduate of the British Army's elite Sandhurst military Academy and once served as a junior officer in London for the United Arab Emirates. Prince Charles escorts body home to the British throne at the hospital where Diana died three hours after the crash and where her body lay. The crash occurred in a tunnel at a bridge, the Pont de l'Alma, just north of the Eiffel Tower. Fayed, 42-year-old son of the billionaire Egyptian owner of London's prestigious Harrods department store, was dead at the scene, as was the chauffeur. A fourth person in the sedan, a bodyguard, suffered serious injuries. Seven photographers who were detained immediately after the crash were placed under formal custody yesterday afternoon. Police sources said the seven, questioned throughout the day, would spend yesterday night in custody. They can be held without charges for up to 48 hours. French police said the investigation of the crash, which a bodyguard survived with serious injuries, would be handled by a special unit usually assigned to high-priority terrorism cases. Diana often had complained of being plagued by the paparazzi the commercial photographers who trailed her since she entered the public eye as a shy young woman. Diana and Fayed had dined at the Ritz Hotel owned by Fayed's family and reportedly were on their way to a private villa in western Paris, also owned by Fayed. PDo 20 rolls from 7 photographers reportedly checked THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS Police seized about 20 rolls of film from the paparazzi who pursued Princess Diana and were developing it for clues to the crash that killed her and her companion, sources close to the investigation said yesterday. Police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the film was confiscated from seven free-lance photographers working mainly for the Stills, Gamma and Sipa agencies. The photographers six Frenchmen and a Macedonian were placed in formal custody yesterday as authorities tried to determine whether they were in any way responsible for the tunnel crash that killed the Princess of Wales, her millionaire boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver. Police detained the seven at the crash scene early yesterday morning and questioned them throughout the day. Prosecutors can hold them for up to 48 hours without charges, and the police sources said they would spend last night in custody. Police did not release their names. Witnesses said the photographers, riding motorcycles, had swarmed the Mercedes sedan before it entered the 1985 RESEARCH TALK RU prof remembers By IVETTE P. ALVARADO STAFF WRITER Twelve years ago, at University College in London, Alan Leslie of Highland Park met someone whom he considers one of the most influential women of today Diana, Princess of Wales. Yesterday, he and millions of other admirers of Princess Diani mourned her sudden death, which resulted from a Paris car accident Leslie, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University, said he will never forget his 20-minute conversation with Princess Diana in 1985 at the university's Medical Research Counsel Unit. He and other scientists were study ing the development of children, and Diana, a proponent of children's is sues, had come to speak to them about the research. "She was witty, well-informed and mainly came across as very human," Leslie said. "She was immensely beautiful, both physically and as a person." Leslie also said Diana was a "tre mendous example to women." She was a modern woman who found herself in the midst of a very ancient family, Leslie said. But she riding motorcycles, were swarming around the black Mercedes-Benz before it entered the tunnel shortly after midnight. France's interior minister, Jean-Pierre Chevenement, said Diana's car was traveling at high speed through the tunnel, and the driver lost control. He didn't specify the speed, but a source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was well over 60 mph perhaps almost twice that. The speed limit was 30 mph. Diana and Fayed were not believed to be wearing seat belts, the source said. The car hit a curb, crashed into a concrete post in the center divider, then bounced across the right lane and smashed roof-first into the tiled wall. The impact destroyed the car, turning it into a heap of crumpled metal and broken glass. France Info radio said at least some of the photographers took pictures before help arrived and that one of the photographers was beaten at the scene by horrified witnesses. Six of the photographers were French and one was Macedonian. "We want the entire truth," the Fayeds' family lawyer, Bernard Darte-ville, later told French television. "It seems to me to be a case of involuntary homicide." Italian photographer Mario Brenna, ho himself has pursued Diana pic- ies, said he was told by a colleague 4 tunnel along the Seine River just north of the Eiffel Tower. Within seconds, the car slammed into a concrete piling, spun and hit a tunnel wall, crumpling in a mass of twisted steel. Fayed and the chauffeur were killed instantly; Diana died at a hospital a few hours later. "We want the entire truth," Fayed's family lawyer, Bernard Darte-ville, told French television yesterday evening, while calling for a separate judicial inquiry. "It seems to me to be a case of involuntary homicide," he said. France Info radio said at least some of the photographers took pictures before help arrived and one of the photographers was beaten at the scene by horrified witnesses. Police impounded two motorcycles and a scooter. "This investigation will determine more particularly the role that these people may have played in the genesis of the accident," the Paris prosecutor's office said in a brief statement is sued yesterday. It said it was determined to discover "the exact unfolding of the facts" that led to the crash in a highway tunnel along the Seine River in central Paris. was very warm, he said, unlike the "stuffed-shirts" often associated with the English royalty. "Her life story is just like a Shakespearean drama," Leslie said. "She was introduced to the world as a fairytale princess, but she will be remembered for being a great person and woman. It is an ironic ending that she had been hunted by (the paparazzi) . . . and then (they) literally caused her death." Reports said several photographers were following Diana's car on motorcycles before the crash. Seven photographers were arrested. Leslie, who moved to the United States four years ago from London, said he spoke to family members in the United Kingdom yesterday. "Everybody's talking about it," he said. "It was totally unexpected." Mary Ellen Gilkie of Sayreville, a porcelain-doll maker who presented Queen Elizabeth II with a Princess Diana doll in 1982, said she was in shock when she heard the news. "It's horrible, it's terrible," she said. "It's disheartening because she was such a young person and did so much good, especially with children." Gilkie created the doll in commemoration of Diana's and Charles' wed at the scene that photographers were no longer chasing the car when it crashed. "He and his colleagues had already broken away from the auto," Brenna told the Italian news agency ANSA. Diana was rushed to Paris' Hospital de la Pitie Salpetriere, suffering major chest and lung injuries and internal bleeding. Dr. Bruno Riou said Diana had quickly gone into cardiac arrest and that doctors tried for at least two hours to save her, applying internal and external cardiac massage to no avail. At 4 a.m., she died. Princes William and Harry were informed of their mother's death by their father at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where the royal family traditionally spends its summer holidays. Diana's mother, the twice-divorced Francis Shand Kydd, remained secluded at her home in Scotland. Her father is dead. "I can hardly bear to think about them," close friend Rosa Monckton, who had joined Diana on an August holiday in Greece, said of the boys. "They adored their mother and she loved them passionately." At the Paris hospital later yesterday, about 800 people waited silently in the brilliant afternoon sunshine. Some were tearful, others merely stunned. The powerful joined ordinary people in mourning the loss. President ) D2 fflfflnBD The Italian photographer who snapped a photo of Diana embracing Fayed that started a bidding war among tabloids around the world last month, said he was told photographers were no longer chasing the car when it crashed. "A colleague who was on the scene told me ... he and his colleagues had already broken away from the auto," Mario Brenna told the Italian news agency ANSA. Brenna didn't name the photogra pher, with whom he had spoken by phone. The only survivor of the crash, a bodyguard who was seriously injured, could be authorities' best hope as they struggle to reconstruct the tragedy. Diana was known to go out without a bodyguard, and Rees-Jones was said to have been protecting Fayed, son of the billionaire Egyptian owner of London's prestigious Harrods department store. A source close to the investigation said the car entered the tunnel at well over 60 mph. The speed limit was 30 mph. Diana and Fayed were not believed to be wearing seatbelts, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity. princess ding, she said. The doll was dressed in a replica of the wedding gown Diana wore, Gilkie said. "I think everybody was a fan of Princess Di," he said. Patricia Roos, a Rutgers University professor of sociology, said the princess will continue to be regarded as a mythical figure for many people. "You have people in everyday lives who lived vicariously through her," Roos said. Now that she is dead, Diana will become even more popular, Roos said. "Not to the extent of Elvis, but the same kind of fascination that developed over someone like Marilyn Monroe," Roos said. The world first became fascinated with Diana when she married Britain's Prince Charles in 1981, Roos said. The British are entranced by the royal family, and Diana brought some of those sentiments to audiences in the United States, Roos said. Some of the fascination with the princess will now transfer to her sons, Harry and William, Roos said. "They will be followed relentlessly because people are more interested in them than Charles," Roos said. "People will want to know how they will live without their mother." -jpYT -rpi i Zr v jtS .... I ( w rr J 1 & V i- ii .W. -i" .- ! , I L" n X f; ,v I - '. at 1 w j-, f V V - '' r . -l ' A The Associated Press t Princess Diana talks with AIDS patient Wayne Taylor at the j Casey House AIDS hospice in Toronto on Oct. 26, 1 99 1 . ; Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary, "knew Princess Diana and we were very fond of her." The marriage of Charles and Diana was the great "fairy tale" story of the early 1980s. The awkward, shy beauty was dubbed an "English rose" the first English bride chosen by an heir Paparazzi : and prying public get blame THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Paparazzi lurked in the shrubbery, hovered outside her gym and trained telephoto lenses on her vacations. The market for intimate photographs of Princess Diana was endless and the money amazing. Photographers pursued Diana and her wealthy beau through the Paris streets early yesterday and, cameras flashing, were the first to the scene of the crash that killed the princess, Dodi Fayed and their chauffeur. Revulsion at that prospect spilled into displays of grief: A message left outside Diana's Kensington Palace home decried "a life wasted by the crooked greed of the media." A woman outside the palace shouted, "You're horrible!" at TV cameramen, sobs choking her words. Fayed's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, blamed the photographers for the couple's death, and Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, said he "always believed the press would kill her in the end." "It would appear that every (publisher) and every editor of any publication that has paid for intrusive and exploitative photo graphs of her, encouraging greedy . and ruthless individuals to risk everything in pursuit of Diana's image, has blood on his hands today," Spencer said. Some journalists and Britons say the public is partly to blame for creating the market in which papa razzi thrive, snapping up each juicy tidbit. An Italian photographer, Mario Brenna, reportedly made $400,000 from a fuzzy picture of Diana and . Fayed embracing. The BBC re- , ported that the British tabloid , News of The World said it turned ; down the offer of a photo of Diana dying in her wrecked car. The re- ported price tag: $300,000. Steven Coz, editor of the Amerk - can tabloid National Enquirer, said photographs of Princess Diana's ' crash were offered to his newspa-" per for $250,000. Diana recognized the impor- ' tance of the press in communicat-' ing with her adoring public, but she hated the intrusion into her private life. In July, while vacationing with her sons William and Harry and the Fayed family, she confronted ; photographers. She was quoted as ', saying: "William gets very dis tressed and he can get freaked out by all the attention. I just want to, ' spend a holiday with my sons." to the throne in centuries. Their wedding on July 29, 1981 ; , she in a wildly romantic ivory taffeta gown, he in a naval commander's full dress kept hundreds of millions glued to television screens worldwide. They seemed destined to live "happily ever after." : ' Witnesses said the photographers, V . -

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