Diana's death suspicious - Royals may know, butler's lover reveals
By ED SOUTHORN THE former gay lover of Princess Di's butler, Paul Burrell, with intimate knowledge of the royal family, has told the Daily News it is possible Diana's death was part of a secret conspiracy. Greg Pead has an antique shop in Coolangatta, lives on the Gold Coast and has previously assisted Scotland Yard investigating the theft of Lady Di's personal belongings. He hopes the Paris inquest into the death of Diana and her partner Dodi al Fayed, in a car crash as they were chased by paparazzi in 1997, finds out the truth behind the%tragedy. Mr Pead does not rule out Mohammed al Fayed's claim that the fatal crash of his son Dodi and Lady Di is somehow linked to secret service agents acting for the royal family. "Everyone just wants the truth," Mr Pead said yesterday. "It's my understanding that at the time when the bodies from the crash arrived at the morgue in Paris, a male suicide victim also arrived. "I believe the blood samples could have been switched. "I don't really accept that the%driver, Henri Paul, was drunk. Look at the latest footage showing him tying his shoelaces. "It's common for suicides to get drunk, so they have the courage to take their own life. "I mean, it's just too convenient to accept the driver was drunk and that's how the crash happened. "There is no way the royal family would accept an heir to the throne with a Muslim stepfather, which is what was going to happen had Diana married Dodi. "The royal family throughout history has been involved in all sorts of skulduggery. "We all know Diana herself was a sacrificial virgin for Prince Charles, even though she married for love." Mr Pead was on holidays in London 20 years ago when he met Mr Burrell in a bar. They became lovers and Mr Pead was a frequent visitor to Buckingham Palace, where he spent time in the Queen's private suite. Mr Pead received and has kept personal letters from Mr Burrell, including one which described Lady Di's wedding dress when the British tabloid press was in a frenzy trying to discover details of the gown. Mr Burrell, who was previously the Queen's footman and recently starred in a reality TV show looking for an Aussie princess, was later charged with criminal offences over the alleged theft of 400 personal items belonging to Diana. The court case was abandoned only after the Queen gave evidence that she remembered she had suggested Mr Burrell was allowed to keep some of the items. Until then, Mr Burrell's homosexuality was not widely known. Mr Pead believes the British press was tipped off by the palace about his former relationship with Mr Burrell, which led to worldwide headlines, as a payback for the trouble Mr Burrell had caused. Mr Pead signed in 2002 an agreement to sell his story, through celebrity agent Harry M. Miller. The agreement has now expired. "I've experienced things very few people in the world have seen. I've been privy to royal secrets," Mr Pead said. "It's possible the Queen will be asked to appear at this latest inquest, and of course she will refuse. "That will only create more doubts that there is something to hide."