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Diana: The new unseen CCTV images from the Ritz Hotel

Luffy | Wednesday, October 03, 2007 | 0 comments
The jury in the Diana, Princess of Wales, inquest today watched CCTV footage from the Ritz Hotel taken in the run-up to the fatal crash.

The first of the DVDs showed members of the paparazzi arriving outside on the afternoon of August 30, 1997.

Inspector Paul Carpenter, of the Metropolitan Police, talked the panel of five men and six women through the staggered images.
The hotel lift: A smiling Diana and Dodi get into the Ritz's lift shortly after arriving at the Ritz hours before the fatal crash
He told them there were 43 separate cameras in the hotel in Paris, from where Diana and Dodi Fayed set off on their final journey, and that 31 were relevant to the inquiry.

"Only 31 of them show movements of the main participants in these events," he said.

He explained a problem with the timings of the footage, saying five different banks of cameras showed five different times.

Watch a video clip of the CCTV images
Moments later Diana and Dodi are seen again, this time in the lobby of the Ritz

Some may be up to 2 minutes 52 seconds off the master clock he had established to try to synchronise the images.

"We're going to start with the first arrivals at the hotel in the afternoon and in the first shot you will see members of the paparazzi arriving at the hotel at about five to four, some time before the Princess and Dodi Al Fayed actually arrived."

The court was shown colour footage from "Camera 4" at Place Vendome where two motorcyclists arrived, later followed by others.
The couple are spotted again in the hotel's foyer 90 minutes later

Members of the public could be seen milling past the front entrance of the hotel.

Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens, who is set to give evidence at some stage in the inquest, was in the main courtroom today, listening to the proceedings.

The jury then viewed footage of Diana and Dodi arriving at the hotel just hours before the fatal collision.

A camera overlooking the back entrance to the Ritz, in Rue Cambon, shows Claude Roulet, deputy to the director of the hotel, waiting outside for the couple, followed by a "fleeting shot" of them arriving.

A camera just inside the door shows the couple follow Mr Roulet into the hotel, followed by bodyguard Trevor Rees Jones, who is wearing an orange shirt.

Mr Carpenter explained to the jury that the next image was taken at 16.32 and shows Dodi and Diana walking through a lobby with columns at the rear of the hotel towards a lift.
Diana is seen again in the lift. Dodi can be seen in the mirrored rear of the elevator as he enters

The next image shows a smiling Princess getting into the lift alongside Dodi, who stands to her right. They are still accompanied by Mr Roulet, and can be seen to get out of the lift a few seconds later, at exactly 16.35.

The next shot shows Diana and Dodi walking towards the camera down a corridor on the first floor.

"You can see Mr Roulet lead the couple from the back of the hotel towards the front, towards the Imperial Suite," Mr Carpenter said.
The couple are again spotted in the hotel lobby just before 7pm.

Diana and Dodi are then caught on the CCTV in the foyer of the Imperial Suite at 16.38, walking into Room 102.

The footage then moves on to show images of Dodi leaving the hotel to pay a visit to Repossi the jeweller's.

Narrating the footage, taken at 17.06, Mr Carpenter said: "Dodi al Fayed appears on the left and Trevor Rees Jones will then depart at that stage. He goes downstairs to arrange the departure of Dodi to go to Repossi's with Mr Roulet."

The jury was then shown CCTV images starting at 17.37 which show Dodi, wearing a dark-coloured blazer and jeans, leaving the Imperial Suite and walking down the corridor with Mr Rees Jones.
Diana leaves the hotel to get into the Mercedes, just minutes before the crash

He is then seen walking down a staircase into the Hall Vendome, at the front of the hotel.

An image taken outside the front of the hotel on the Place Vendome, Mr Carpenter says, shows Henri Paul standing next to a Mercedes which will take Dodi to Repossi's.

Dodi is then seen to leave the hotel, returning nine minutes later at 17.49, when he walks through the Hall Vendome.

Mr Carpenter said: "Dodi can be seen carrying a brochure in his right hand as he ascends the stairs."
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