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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fayed Urges an Investigation

LONDON -- Mohamed Fayed, whose son Dodi died in a car crash with Princess Diana, urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday to launch a full inquiry after a secret letter showed that Diana had predicted her own death.

Fayed, who owns the exclusive London store Harrods, said the letter -- revealed on Monday by Diana's former butler Paul Burrell -- echoed what the former wife of Prince Charles had told him about fears for her life.

"The publication by Paul Burrell of a letter written to him by Diana ... confirms the suspicions I have so often voiced ... and which have thus far been ignored," Fayed said in a statement.

"The prime minister must now accept that the time is right for a full public inquiry. Further delay will look as though he is colluding in a coverup, and the people of this country will not tolerate that."

Fayed has repeatedly claimed that Diana and his son were murdered by British secret services because their relationship was embarrassing to the royal household.

Diana died alongside her lover Dodi and their chauffeur when their Mercedes car crashed in a Paris tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997 as it sped away from the Ritz hotel.

In a letter which Burrell says she wrote in October 1996 and gave him for safekeeping, Diana says someone was planning to kill her in a car crash.

The person or organization she mentioned in the letter as planning to kill her cannot be named for legal reasons.

Burrell, whose book "A Royal Duty" is due to be published shortly, claims that before sealing the letter in an envelope marked "Paul," Diana told him, "I am going to date this and I want you to keep it ... just in case."