Inquest into Diana death 'imminent'

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A DATE for the inquest into the death of Princess Diana could be announced next week, it emerged today.

The coroner for Surrey, Michael Burgess, who is responsible for Royal deaths, is expected to take charge.

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997, sparking a wave of public mourning. The inquest has been delayed by a lengthy police inquiry and other factors.

It is not yet clear whether the inquest will cover the death of Dodi Al Fayed, also killed in the crash.

The inquest will try to establish the facts of Diana’s death, but will not apportion blame.

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "By early next week, we should have a date. It is likely to start sooner rather than later."