French Magistrate Denies Carrying Out British Order to Embalm Princess Diana's Body

LONDON (AP) -- A French magistrate says she didn't authorize the embalming of Princess Diana's body, and says that no one from the British Embassy in Paris had discussed embalming with her.

Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Diana in a car crash in Paris, has claimed that the British ambassador ordered the embalming to cover up a pregnancy.

The magistrate told a British inquest into Diana's death that she had not been informed of the decision to embalm the body and said she had had no contact with the British Embassy.

She did, however, confirm that she authorized the release of the bodies of Diana and Fayed after they had been examined. She says authorization was a legal necessity before any embalming could take place.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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