It has been almost 25 years since Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car accident in Paris. The Princess was driving from the Ritz Hotel with her partner Dodi Al Fayed when their driver Henri Paul lost control at high speed and crashed in the Alma Tunnel. Diana, Dodie, and Mr. Paul succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident; the princess’s bodyguard, Trevor Rhys-Jones, was the only survivor.
A new Channel 4 documentary focuses on two police investigations into Diana’s death – the original investigation by the French police in 1999 and that by the Metropolitan Police nine years later.
Both investigations faced the additional challenge of debunking conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic incident. And despite the fact that both investigations recognized it as an accident, there are still other theories about what happened on that fateful evening.
Many still believe that the accident was not an accident, and the question remains who is to blame.
This suspicion was heightened when a frightening letter written by Diana 10 months before her death was published in the national newspaper.
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Paul Burrell, a former royal butler who was acquitted at the Old Bailey in 2002 on charges of possession of the princess’s property, said he kept the letter secret for six years of police investigations and media speculation.
Duncan Larcombe, a royal journalist and writer, told a Channel 4 documentary titled Diana’s Investigation: Death in Paris that the letter was “a complete game-changer, another missing piece of the puzzle.”
He continued: “Diana’s fear that she would be killed”, which is consistent with the fact that [Mohammed] Al Fayed said. This also corresponds to the big flash.
“Suddenly you’re connecting the dots.”
A prominent and vocal proponent of these claims was Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al-Fayed, a successful businessman who owns the Ritz Hotel and the former Harrods.
Mr Al-Fayed has repeatedly said senior members of the royal family were behind the fatal crash, in particular placing the blame on Prince Philip.
He claimed that the royal family did not want Dodi to be the stepfather of the future king.
He also claimed that the Firm did not like Diana and Dodi’s relationship, which he claimed had become more serious before the accident.
Mr. Al-Fayed claimed that Diana and Dodi were engaged and even claimed that the princess was pregnant.
Although Dodi purchased the ring, there was no indication that the couple had actually become engaged, and no evidence was found to support the pregnancy claim.
Piers Morgan, now a controversial TV presenter, was the editor of The Daily Mirror when the letter was made public.
He said in a recent Channel 4 documentary: “The problem the establishment will have with today’s story is that they have not allowed a public inquiry into what happened to Diana in this country and that has already been fueling conspiracy theories over the last six years old. years.
“And what today’s letter will do is just confirm the notion that there was more to it than meets the eye and we should do some sort of official investigation.”