Before you cut off my head and have it for breakfast, you should know that I am just raising this question based on some articles I read today in some journals like Nigeria's Guardian and the BBC.
THE age-long British aphorism: "The Queen can do no wrong" may soon be consigned to the garbage heaps of history, going by the developments at the ongoing inquest into the August 31, 1997 death of Princess Diana in a controversial car crash.
A call was yesterday made at the preliminary inquest for the monarch to be quizzed over a conversation she allegedly had about Diana, who died alongside the son of Dodi Fayed, the son of a prominent Egyptian businessman Mohammed al Fayed.
Mohammed al Fayed's lawyer, Michael Mansfield resulted that the queen be "directly approached" toe confirm the details of the alleged conversation with an unidentified person.
The alleged conversation was registered in an official police inquiry that was published in December last year.
The report and the background records it was based on were supplied to lawyers, but the portions that referred to the queen were blacked out.
"No one appears to have approached her majesty about the content of this conversation," Mansfield said, according to the Associated Press (AP).
But the coroner, Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, a retired family court judge who was sitting in her last hearing before stepping down, said such a request was "unheard of" and would require careful consideration.
"I don't know the propriety of this situation, I think it's important that we tread carefully in what is a constitutional matter," Butler-Sloss said.
Mansfield told the AP that the conversation was not with royal butler Paul Burrell, as had been reported, but said he could not reveal any other details for legal reasons.
In November 2002, following the collapse of a trial in which he was accused of stealing possessions from Diana's estate, Burrell alleged the queen warned him that his life was at risk because of his close relationship with the late princess.
"There are powers at work in this country about which we have no knowledge," he claimed the queen had told him during a three-hour conversation.
Al Fayed has claimed that Diana was the victim of a high-level conspiracy involving Prince Philip, the queen's husband.
Butler-Sloss, 73, said last month she would no longer preside over the inquest after a three-member High Court panel ordered a jury to hear the case. She said she did not have a great deal of experience with juries.
The inquest has been mired by delays that raised tensions and led to fractious exchanges between Butler-Sloss and lawyers claiming crucial evidence had yet to be provided before the full inquest in October.
At one stage, Butler-Sloss became so exasperated she fell back into her chair, removed her gold-rimmed glasses and lifted her arms in frustration.
"If you want to go on criticizing me, Mr. Mansfield, then you can, but what's the point?" she said. "I do feel like I am the one in the dock with everything you and your colleagues say to me."
Butler-Sloss said 11,000 pages of documents had been passed to Mansfield and other lawyers representing the Ritz Hotel, owned by al Fayed, and the family of Henri Paul, the chauffeur who also died in the crash.
She accused the legal teams of leaking false stories to the media that documents about Diana's death were being withheld - reports that she said were "unhelpful and untrue."
"There ought to be a degree of propriety about this which appears to be lacking," she said
Another procedural session before Lord Justice Scott Baker, who will take over the hearings, is likely to be held June 12 or 13. Evidence is expected to be presented ranging from the route the couple's Mercedes took on the night they died to testimony about Diana's alleged fears for her life, the significance of a ring purchased by Fayed, and whether the princess was pregnant.
A French investigation found that Paul was drunk and lost control of the car while trying to evade photographers. The British investigation concluded that Diana was not pregnant or about to marry Fayed, and that the crash was caused by Paul, who was drunk and speeding.
Under British law, inquests are held when someone dies unexpectedly, violently or of unknown causes.