Essex - (Ass Mess): Police interviewing murder suspect Michael Barrymore have reopened files from the mid 1990s and have quizzed him about a statement his late wife Cheryl made about his 'ludicrous' relationship with Princess Diana.
The entertainer struck up a friendship with the princess in 1996 which '"really pissed off Cheryl" according to close pals.
Her sceptisicm about what the two were getting up to reached a fever pitch of disapproval when she told her solicitor:
"Diana encouraged Michael in a way of thinking that was hardly normal.
"He started to lose the ability to see when something was nonsense.
"After her death he went to the funeral and then tried hard to seek an audience with the Queen, which was taken as a distasteful joke and promptly rebuffed.
"But somehow he managed to charm his way to seeing Prince Charles's fucktotum Michael Fawcett - you know, the tootpaste squeezing guy - and also Paul Burrell the butler.
"Lord knows what they got up to. But whatever it was he was up to no good."
Police have been given another 24 hours to question the comedian and his two accomplices.