A MISSING ring taken from Princess Diana’s corpse was stored at a house in Farndon, according to Paul Burrell’s former bodyguard.
Mike Faux, giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed, claimed Mr Burrell, of High Street, Farndon, told him he personally removed the blood-spattered ring from Diana’s dead body and kept it.
He understood from Mr Burrell that the ring was an engagement ring NOT a friendship ring – as he had always claimed in public – and was stored at the house of Mr Burrell’s next-door neighbour, whom he only knew as “Maddy”. However, when The Chronicle visited Farndon to ask locals about “Maddy”, we could find no one who was aware of the existence of such a person.
The ring is significant because Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, claims Diana and Dodi were murdered by the Security Services because the establishment could not accept a marriage between a princess and a Muslim.
In evidence, Mr Faux claimed he was made to sign a confidentiality agreement before Mr Burrell told him he personally had removed an engagement ring from Diana’s corpse and kept it in his possession.
Under questioning from Nicholas Hilliard, for the coroner, the former minder told the inquest: “He said that he took it from the body in Paris.”
Mr Faux said he thought it was “not right” that Mr Burrell had taken it off her finger, probably in the hospital, and that he felt “disgusted” with him.
Mr Faux, who was hired when Mr Burrell sold his story to the Daily Mirror, claimed Mr Burrell had kept jewellery – including the ring – and paperwork after the tragedy in Paris in August 1997.
The former butler had considered throwing some of the property, including the ring, off a ship in order to get rid of it, said Mr Faux, who worked for Mr Burrell for a year until 2003.
He claimed he saw Mr Burrell take “one or two” bin bags with property he had “hidden” at a neighbour’s house in Farndon and “frantically” burn them in his back garden in November or December 2002. But in his statement, Mr Burrell denied Mr Faux’s claims, saying that “at no time” did he store any property in neighbouring premises.
Mr Burrell said he did burn papers, such as old bank statements, but never anything “significant” and denied Mr Faux's claim that he had intended to throw property from the Saga Rose Cunard ship, where he had been booked for a speaking tour.
Mr Burrell’s Los Angeles-based spokesman told The Chronicle Mike Faux and Mr Burrell had fallen out because the former bodyguard had attempted to sell stories relating to Burrell’s private life. He said Mr Burrell had never claimed the ring was an engagement ring.
And he said the former royal butler had no intention of returning from the USA, where he has a second home in Florida, to address earlier claims he ‘didn’t tell the whole truth’ in evidence at the inquest in January.
“It’s where he lives,” said the spokesman.