Lord Downpatrick with his Godmother Princess Diana
Lord Downpatrick with his Godmother Princess Diana
RENEGADE spy Richard Tomlinson last night broke cover from his French bolt-hole to urge Scotland Yard to drop its Princess Diana murder probe because it will get nowhere.
The 50-year-old former MI6 agent, once jailed for six months for breaching the Official Secrets Act, said: “I think they will wrap it up pretty quickly. I don’t think anything will come out of it.”
Cambridge graduate Mr Tomlinson upset former colleagues with his evidence at the Diana inquest in 2008 in which he revealed MI6 had training in how to use strobe lights to distract people.
He explained that he had trained with the Special Boat Service, whose sister organisation the SAS is now being investigated over allegations that Diana was murdered by them in a staged car crash.
At the SBS centre in Poole, Dorset, he saw “a piece of equipment that could give a very bright flashing light”.
He had added: “I was told at the time that this was used in case they wished to disorient, for example, a helicopter pilot on landing.”
While he was working for the secret service, a colleague came up with a plan to kill Serbian tyrant Slobodan Milosevic by staging a car crash in a tunnel using a strobe light.
I think it’s all hogwash. It is embarrassing for the SAS, really embarrassing
“There was no doubt in my mind, when I read X’s proposal, that he was entirely serious about pursuing his plan. X was an ambitious and serious officer who would not frivolise his career by making such a proposal in jest or merely to impress me,” he told the Diana inquest.
His evidence via video link from France bolstered claims that the security services were behind the crash which killed Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in the Alma tunnel in Paris in August 1997.
As Scotland Yard this week continues its examination into the credibility of the allegations against the SAS, Mr Tomlinson expressed serious doubts that its efforts would amount to a full investigation.
The allegations are made in a letter by the parents-in-law of a woman involved in a messy dispute with her estranged SAS partner.
Mr Tomlinson said: “It seems more about an argument with a wife more than anything. Someone trying to make some trouble, that’s the impression I got.
“I think it’s all hogwash. It is embarrassing for the SAS, really embarrassing.”
Asked for his view on what happened in Paris, he replied: “I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. As I said right at the beginning, it has to be properly investigated which I think it has been.”
Mr Tomlinson wrote the book I Spy about his time in MI6 but was prosecuted for breaching the Official Secrets Act before it could be published. He had sent a synopsis to an Australian publisher that did not include detail on Princess Diana.
He was arrested in Milton Keynes in 1997 and jailed for a year after admitting breaching the act. Earlier, he was dismissed from MI6 but says he was not given reasons.
As well as giving information to French investigators, he briefed Scotland Yard, telling officers in 2005: “I would firstly like to state that MI6 do have the capacity to stage accidents, whether by helicopter, aeroplane or car, and also that the strobe light was shown to us by the SBS at Poole.”
Mr Tomlinson now lives in France and works as a pilot.
On This Day In History —-} October 2, 1908
Birth of Ruth, Baroness Fermoy (maternal grandmother of Princess Diana)♕
Today in history, Ruth, Baroness Fermoy, was born at her father’s house in Aberdeenshire. She showed early promise as a pianist and studied under Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s. Her musical career was cut short when she met, and later married in 1931, the wealthy and much older Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy. They had three children, including her younger daughter, Frances who would become the mother of Diana. Lady Fermoy did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with SirJohn Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King’s Lynn in 1966. She founded the King’s Lynn Festival in 1951 and remained closely involved with the Festival for 25 years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron.
In 1956, the Queen Mother appointed Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. The Queen Mother, being a widow herself, showed a preference for appointing widows to her household, and four years later Lady Fermoy was promoted to Woman of the Bedchamber, a post she held for the next 33 years. Lady Fermoy was a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage. In 1969, her daughter Frances and John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, were divorced. Lady Fermoy testified against her own daughter, allowing Spencer to retain custody of his children. The Queen Mother and Lady Fermoy became confidantes, and it was assumed by many that the two women engineered the match between their grandchildren, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. However, when asked about it, Lady Fermoy remarked: “You can say that if you like – but it simply wouldn’t be true”. She was also said to have counselled her granddaughter against the marriage, saying: “Darling, you must understand that their sense of humour and their lifestyle are different, and I don’t think it will suit you.”
Lady Fermoy died at her home at 36 Eaton Square, London, on 6 July 1993, aged 84. It was reported that she was not on speaking terms with Diana when she died. (x)
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