Harry and Meghan’s production company boss owns the rights to a lurid Diana’s conspiracy film claiming the princess was ‘murdered’ by the royal family
- Ben Browning, who was named head of Archewell Productions last week
- He had bought the script for ‘Inquest’ earlier in 2013 after a bidding war
- The plot focuses on conspiracy theories that emerged after Diana’s deadly crash
The Hollywood producer who has been hired as the new boss of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s film production company owns the rights to a controversial film claiming that Princess Diana has been ‘murdered’ by the royal family.
British-born Ben Browning, named last week as head of Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio, bought the script for ‘Inquest’ in 2013 after a fierce bidding war.
The thriller’s incendiary plot centers on conspiracy theories that emerged after Diana’s fatal car accident in a Parisian underpass – including the bizarre claim that the Queen ordered her murder because she was pregnant and planned to marry her Muslim lover. Dodi Al-Fayed.
The Hollywood producer who has been hired as the new boss of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s film production company owns the rights to a controversial film claiming that Princess Diana was ‘murdered’ by the royal family
Lady Diana, pictured here on the night of her tragic death
While Browning bought it through his former company, Wayfare Entertainment, the movie is still on his personal profile on IMDBPro, a database used by every major Hollywood studio.
It’s standard practice for producers to list projects that are underway or in the pipeline, a source told The Mail on Sunday. “Ben bought the script in 2013, but the status of the project is unclear,” the source said. ‘It is not uncommon for a film to take years in development. What’s interesting is that his IMDBPro page, something everyone in Hollywood uses as a source for contact information or to see what projects someone has in development, has been updated with his new job at Archewell. And it still says that he is attached to Inquest as a producer. ‘
The plot centers on a fictional London lawyer, Michael Davies, who is hired by former Harrods boss Mohamed Al-Fayed to investigate the death of his son Dodi.
Ben Browning, who was named head of Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio last week, bought the script for ‘Inquest’ in 2013 after a fierce bidding war.
He and Diana had enjoyed a “summer vacation” before the 1997 crash that killed her and their drunken driver, Henri Paul.
The script suggests that Al-Fayed believed they were murdered because they were engaged and the queen “did not want a Muslim in the royal family.”
Davies’ investigation leads him to Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who claims that secret letters written by the princess contain her fear that the royal family is plotting to have her murdered. The film has been compared to Oliver Stone’s 1991 drama “JFK,” which delves into conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Noah Segal, who produced the acclaimed thriller The Nest last year, told The Mail on Sunday that Browning was ‘a good choice for Harry and Meghan’ and was known for his ‘honesty and integrity’.
Segal said: ‘He’s been to big movie stars and is unlikely to be hit by Harry and Meghan. He will treat them like real people. ‘