Since the death of Princess Diana, there have been plenty of conspiracy theories over the decades. While it hasn’t been proven to any significant level that her death was anything more than a tragic accident, there are some interesting aspects that are hard to dismiss.
It is most important to remember that the jury in the official inquiry into Diana’s death found that she and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed and not victims of accidental death, as much of the media reported at the time.
Swapping Cars at the Last Minute
Even though they had used the same Mercedes throughout the day in Paris, when Diana and Dodi went to leave the Ritz Hotel after midnight on the morning of August 31, 1997, a different Mercedes was sent to pick them up. Not only had the car been changed, but there was also no backup car present as there had been throughout the day, and was standard practice for such security journeys.
There was also controversy regarding the seat belts and who was and wasn’t wearing them. Everyone who knew Diana described her as a habitual seat-belt wearer. And they found it hard to believe that she was found not wearing a seat belt. At the same time, the security officer in the vehicle, Trevor Rees-Jones, was found with his seat belt on, unusual for a security officer on such a high-profile job, since the standard practice was for them to not wear seat belts so not to restrict their movement.
No CCTV Footage
There was never any CCTV footage found of the “spur of the moement” route that they decided to take. Instead of taking the fastest route to Dodi’s flat in central Paris, the driver instead opted to take a different route that would not only be longer, but would also take them along the River Seine, and through the Pont d’Alma tunnel where the tragic crash occurred.
The reason was said to have been to avoid the paparazzi, but given that this change of route was said to have been made all of the sudden, many people found it suspicious that all 17 CCTV cameras along the route were either turned off or not working at all.
The Mystery of Henri Paul
The driver of the car, Henri Paul, was very much blamed for the accident following the crash, mainly due to the accusations that he was intoxicated while behind the wheel. But, during the “Diana Inquiry” as it was labeled by the British media, one medical expert after another cast their serious doubts on both the blood tests that were conducted to establish that Paul was drunk and on his postmortem, which they claimed had more than 50 basic errors.
Paul was also said to have been working for both the French and British intelligence and the mystery surrounding him only deepened. Several large payments were made into his account in the months leading up to Diana’s death. None of these payments were investigated by the inquiry, something which led many who believe there was a cover-up of sorts in place.
A Threatening Phone Call Regarding Banning Landmines
In the controversial documentary “Unlawful Killing”, Simone Simmonds, a longtime friend and associate of Diana’s spoke of being with her when she received a phone call from a “high ranking UK government official” concerning her ongoing campaign for the banning of landmines. According to Simmonds, when Diana passed her the phone so she could hear what was being said, she heard a gentleman say, “Don’t meddle in things you know nothing about because you know accidents can happen.” Simmonds told this version of events during the inquiry into Diana’s death.
Diana very much took this as a genuine threat and already feared that British Intelligence was listening to her phone calls. Incidentally it was revealed years after her death that even such agencies as the NSA had thousands of transcripts of her phone calls during this time. They refused to release them however, for reasons of security.
Letters that Predicted her own Death
In the months that were leading up to her tragic death, Diana sent out letters to two of her closest friends, her butler, Paul Burrell and her solicitor, Lord Mitchum. In those letters, she stated clearly that the royal family and her husband were “planning her death” and that it would be “a car accident.”
While Burrell went public with his letter and paraded it in the press for everyone to see, Lord Mitchum passed his letter over to the serving police chief, Lord Condon, to review. Condon withheld the letter from public knowledge, as did his successor, Lord Stevens, for several years, even though it is illegal to withhold evidence in investigations. Despite this, no action was taken against either former police chief.