“One of the paparazzi who routinely followed Diana was a member of UK/N, a small corps of part-time MI6 agents who provide miscellaneous services to MI6, such as surveillance” – Mr Mansfield
The team, known by the codename UK/N, allegedly kept tabs on the Princess’s every move in the weeks leading up to her death in a car crash in August 1997.
The existence of the hush-hush UK/N group carrying out “discreet surveillance” on her was revealed by barrister Michael Mansfield QC at her inquest.
It was claimed that UK/N, overseen by top intelligence officers based in Paris, also planned and carried out her “assassination” in the Pont d’Alma Tunnel.
The squad included photographers, drivers, ex-servicemen and, according to Mr Mansfield, members of the SAS.
Mr Mansfield represented Mohamed Al Fayed, 84, father of Diana’s boyfriend, Dodi, 42, who was also killed in the crash, at their inquest in 2008.
His claims were revealed last night in documents related to the inquest, detailing evidence which went unreported at the time.
Mr Mansfield, 72, said: “One of the paparazzi who routinely followed the Princess of Wales was a member of UK/N, a small corps of part-time MI6 agents who provide miscellaneous services to MI6, such as surveillance.”
He added that the spooks believed Pont D’Alma would be a perfect location for an assassination bid, because it would reduce the possibility of witnesses seeing the “accident”, and the concrete barriers would ensure death or serious injury in a high-speed crash.
The inquest rejected the hit-squad claims and ruled Di and Dodi were “unlawfully killed” by the actions of their stand-in chauffeur Henri Paul, 41.
Bosses of the SAS, based in Hereford, are now opening up their confidential files to police to reveal exactly how many of their people were in Paris at the time of Diana’s death.
It follows claims by a former SAS sniper, known only as Soldier N, that the Princess was murdered by a top-secret military hit squad.