It said that it had asked specialist detectives to examine new allegations and evidence passed to it “recently”. The move was approved by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, its most senior officer.
The claims were given to the force by the Royal Military Police, after surfacing during the trial of Sgt Danny Nightingale, the SAS sniper convicted of illegal weapons possession.
The dossier is said to include a claim that the SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death”. Scotland Yard declined to confirm the content or origin of the material.
Officers from the specialist crime and operations command will carry out a “scoping” exercise to assess if a full-scale investigation is justified into whether the Princess, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul were murdered.
The disclosure comes in spite of the inquest into the death of the Princess and Mr Fayed dismissing any claims of murder made by Mohammed Fayed, Dodi’s father, and conspiracy theorists.
Since then murder claims have continued to be made but have never been looked into by British police – making last night’s move unprecedented.
The decision to examine the new claims suggests that officers believe they must be looked at by detectives to assess whether they have any weight.
However they come from the estranged parents-in-law of “Soldier N”, an SAS soldier who was a key witness in the successful prosecution of Sgt Nightingale. He was himself convicted of illegal weapons possession.
His estranged wife’s parents wrote to the SAS’s commanding officer claiming the soldier had told his wife that the unit had “arranged” the Princess’s death and that this had been “covered up”.
The source of the claims will inevitably raise questions over their credibility, and why Scotland Yard acted.
Scotland Yard emphasised last night that it was not reopening the previous investigation into the deaths, Operation Paget, and highlighted the verdict of the inquest held after that inquiry was completed.
Officers will have to assess whether the information has not been investigated previously and can potentially shed new light on the deaths.
The development comes ahead of next week’s 16th anniversary of the Princess’s death as a result of injuries she suffered when the Mercedes in which she was travelling crashed in a tunnel in Paris.
A spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility.
“The assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command. This is not a reinvestigation and does not come under Operation Paget.
“On April 7, 2008, the [inquest] jury concluded their verdict as ‘unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes’.”
Detectives are understood to have contacted the former soldier’s estranged wife.
A royal spokesman said there would be no comment from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry or Clarence House.
A spokesman for Mr Fayed said he would be “interested in seeing the outcome”.
The jury at the inquest returned a majority verdict in April 2008, which indicated that paparazzi photographers who pursued the Princess were to blame for her “unlawful killing”.
Mr Paul was also culpable for her death due to his “gross negligence” in driving while three times over the drink-drive limit, the jury found.
An earlier French police investigation cleared the photographers of being directly linked to the tragedy. (The Telegraph)
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බ්රිතාන්යයේ ඩයනා කුමරියගේ හා ඇයගේ පෙම්වතාවූ ඩොඩී ඇල්ෆයිඩ් ගේ මරණ පිළිබඳ ලැබී ඇති නවතම තොරතුරු විශ්ලේෂණය කරමින් සිටින බව ස්කොට්ලන්ඩ් යාර්ඩ් පොලීසිය පවසයි. එම තොරතුරුවල සත්ය අසත්යතාව හා අදාළත්වය පරීක්ෂා කිරීම මෙහි අරමුණ වී ඇති බව බී. බී. සී ලෝක සේවය වාර්තා කළේය.
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මියයන විට ඩයනා කුමරිය වයස 36 ක් බව විදෙස් මාධ්ය වාර්තා කරන අතර, මෙම අනතුරින් බි්රතාන්ය සුපිරි සාප්පු සංකීර්ණ හිමිකරුවෙකුගේ පුතෙකු වන ඩොඩී ඇල්ෆයිඩ් ද ජීවිතක්ෂයට පත්විය. ඩයනා කුමරිය හා ඩෝඩි අල්ෆයාඩ් ද ගමන් කළ රථයේ රියදුරු හෙන්රි පෝල් අධික ලෙස බිමත්ව සිටි බවත්, අධික වේගයෙන් රිය පදවා ඇති බව 1999 වසරේ ප්රංශයේ පැවැත්වූ පරීක්ෂණයකදී හෙළිව තිබේ. මෙය කුමන්ත්රණයක ප්රතිඵලයක් බවට චෝදනා කළ අය අතර ඩොඩී ඇල්ෆයිඩ් පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන්ද විය. මේ අතර, බි්රතාන්යය විසින් 2008 වසරේදී බි්රතාන්ය පැවැත්වූ ලැබූ පරීක්ෂණයේදී මේ අනතුර රියදුරුගේ නොසැලකිල්ල මත සිදුවක් බවට තීරණයකට පත්වූ බව වාර්තා වෙයි.