Princess Diana's bodyguards and Dodi Fayed are to blame for her death during a high speed car crash in Paris, claimed Ken Wharfe, her former royal protection officer.

Diana was killed following a crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997. She had been on a night out in the French capital with her then boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

Two bodyguards employed by the Fayed family - Rees-Jones and Kes Wingfield - were looking after Diana on the night of her death. Diana and Dodi were being driven through Paris by Henri Paul, who had earlier been seen drinking. They were being followed at high speed by paparazzi.

Mr Wharfe says Diana's bodyguards should never have put her in that position. He says Rees-Jones and Wingfield lacked experience and authority and should have overruled Fayed's plan to drive through Paris with photographers following behind.

Mr Rees-Jones previously told how he was "unaware" that Paul was drunk behind the wheel. He also said he was unhappy with the last-minute change of plan by Fayed for the couple to leave their hotel from a rear entrance.Wingfield previously said both bodyguards had argued against Dodi’s plan that night.

He said Princess Diana started up her affair with Army officer Hewitt after Prince Charles had begun seeing Camilla Parker Bowles again. He also pointed out that Harry's red hair in fact comes from the Spencer side of the family.The affair eventually between Diana and Hewitt fizzled out, but was rekindled when he returned to Britain for a visit a year later. It eventually ended after five years, which previous reports have suggested almost pushed Hewitt to suicide.