THE MI6 assassin who killed Diana, Princess of Wales did not seem intent on murder just hours before her fatal crash, her inquest has been told.
Jean Defarge, a former barman at the Ritz hotel, said he chatted to the secret service man, who seemed relaxed and happy ahead of his assignment.
Monsieur Defarge said the agent drank only Orangina and turned down a free Ricard saying he never consumed alcohol before murdering enemies of the British establishment.
He said: “He told me he would be back later for a glass of champagne but that he could not now touch a drop because he would get ‘what for’ from Prince Philip if he cocked up.
“He was, how you say, in great spirits. He had this laser light he keep shining at people’s eyes when they walking across the bar, to make them bump into tables and things. It was a hoot.”
Wayne Hayes, counsel for the inquest asked Monsieur Defarge: “Was he carrying a six-foot long Car Crash Causing Machine?”
Monsieur Defarge said: “Yes, it was, how you say, under a blanket.”
Ironically, the man drinking at the bar next to the agent was Henri Paul, the Ritz chauffeur who was driving Diana’s car when she was assassinated later that night.
Monsieur Defarge said Paul did drink two small glasses of Ricard and did not appear in any way drunk.
He added: “He then drank another two and a half bottles of brandy and seemed, how you say, tip-top. That Henri, he could really stick it away. But his driving, it was always shit.”