Inside heartbreak of Alan Farthing after his fiancée Jill Dando was murdered just months before their wedding day | The Sun

TRAGIC Alan Farthing suffered heartbreak as his fiancée Jill Dando was murdered just months before their wedding day.

TV star Jill's partner has previously spoken of his trauma after she was shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, south-west London.

The unsolved case has come under fresh scrutiny as a new three-part Netflix documentary series, Who Killed Jill Dando?, is released.

Farthing is a renowned gynaecologist who later oversaw the births of Prince William and Kate's three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

He was also the late Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist.

Crimewatch and Holiday presenter Jill, 37, was killed by a single bullet on April 26 1999.

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She and Alan had only recently got engaged and were scheduled to wed later that year on September 25, almost five months to the day along from her death.

Farthing, who turned 60 this June, has a private practice in London's Harley Street.

He is also gynaecological cancer department head at Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust.

He and Jill first met on on a blind date at a dinner party in 1997 before announcing their engagement on January 31 1999 – less than three months before her murder.

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She had left Farthing's home in Chiswick, west London, on the morning of her death – returning alone by car to her Fulham property.

She was shot once in the head as she approached the front door at about 11.32am.

Alan told the BBC at the time how he was left "devastated".

He said: "I cannot believe what has happened – I cannot understand what has happened.

"I do not think for one moment what could go through somebody's mind when they do such a thing to a beautiful, caring and well-meaning person."

He also described finding, a week after Jill's murder, a notebook containing her handwritten draft of what was meant to be her wedding speech.

He remembered, in a rare interview not long after the murder, how he had been called her agent Jon Roseman at about 1pm – wondering whether Jill was with him, after reports she'd been attacked.

He then went to Charing Cross Hospital after becoming increasingly concerned and was taken to see her lying in the casualty department.

Why did something like this happen?

He said at the time: "She was lying in a hospital gown, looking peaceful.

"I held her hand, which was still warm, and confirmed to the officer it was Jill.

'As I was being taken back down this everlasting corridor, I was thinking, Why did something like this happen? How could it happen?"

Alan, originally from Winchester in Hampshire, later teamed up with Jill's Crimewatch co-presenter Nick Ross teamed up to help raise £1.5million for an academic institute in her name.

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science was founded at University College London on the second anniversary of her death.

Barry George, who lived less than half a mile away, was found guilty of her murder in 2001 and spent eight years behind bars.

But he was cleared and his conviction quashed at a retrial in 2008.

He features in the new series, saying in a trailer: "It makes me angry that they have taken eight years of my life."

Different theories have been shared aimed at helping solve the case.

The Metropolitan Police were contacted by a woman claiming the IRA were responsible for killing Jill.

Speculation has also suggested it was a hit by a London underworld gang in vengeance for Jill reporting on them for Crimewatch.

Some believe she was murdered by Serbian warlords after fronting an appeal for Kosovan refugees.

Reports last year indicated she could have been killed on the orders of a Russian mafia don after rejecting his advances while filming a holiday show in Cyprus.



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And French court documents have claimed Jill was murdered by a Russian hitman in a case of mistaken identity.

Papers filed with a Paris court allege Elite model agency boss Gerald Marie – who was accused of raping several women – responded to undercover journalist Lisa Brinkworth exposing his firm by calling for her to be "dealt with".

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