Was Princess Diana's death really an accident? Or were there outside forces driving it? How much was the royal family involved in the tragic death of young Diana? Diana Spencer; one of the most influential people in the 80's, known for her immense kindness and generosity and incredible fashion sense. Princess Diana was the first wife of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. The late princess was born on July 1, 1961 in the village of Sandrigham, married on July 29, 1981 and eventually passed away on August 31, 1997. The marriage was and still is considered one of the most memorable royal weddings of all time, having around 750 million viewers from all around the world. From that moment on, Diana became an icon in British history, idolized by many, praised by most.
Princess Diana is often called "The people's princess" or "Queen of hearts" due to her charitable work and her empathetic actions. Following her marriage, Princess Diana began her public work as well as official duties of the Royal family, the princess went through many overseas trips, some representing the Queen and some alongside her husband and children regarding royal duties. Her public work involved being the president and patron of multiple charities, as well as popularizing multiple young fashion designers and creating new trends due to her large influence over pop culture. Princess Diana is also famous for supporting and aiding HIV/Aids awareness as well as other movements involving homeless and disabled people, and continuing this work even after her divorce, inspiring multiple young men and women around the world.
August 31 1997, a sudden and mournful day, one that to this day is not forgotten. The day the beloved "People's Princess" died from a tragic car accident, 2.5 billion people tuned in to watch the funeral. During a 10-day trip to Paris, Diana and then boyfriend Dodi Fayed, had decided to dine on a Saturday night in the private salon at the Ritz Hotel. It was past midnight, on a sunday, when both decided to get into the car driven by Henri Paul back to Fayed's parisian estate. Henri Paul was reportedly driving much faster than the speed limit and once the car had reached the highway the driver had lost control and crashed into a pillar. Princess Diana had been the only one still alive after the crash even though she had massive chest injuries, a concussion, a broken arm and multiple cuts and gashes on her thighs. After what had seemed like hours of trying to get Diana's heart beating properly she was pronounced dead at 4:53AM on a sunday morning.
Their death had caused immense public outrage and was a source of many questions from the people. How had the head of security at the Ritz hotel, a licensed and experienced driver, lost control so fast? Why had the medics taken so long to get to the scene when there was a hospital nearby? Why had no one tried to help Diana while she was still conscious and surrounded by people right after the accident? It was reported later by forensics that Henri Paul had been driving whilst drunk and by eye witnesses that paparazzi had been following the car in order to get pictures of the famous couple. In the aftermath of the accident, most paparazzi were still committed to getting a good picture than to truly helping.
Following the princess' death, similarly to many other famous and loved celebrities' deaths, multiple conspiracy theories surrounding it began to circulate. The first that drew the people's attention was that Charles had been in a fully committed relationship with Camila Parker Bowles, now known as Camila Duchess of Cornwall, and reportedly had full intentions on marrying her. The issue? Charles could not remarry if Diana was still alive according to the Anglican church, which was very connected to the British monarchy. Because of this, people believed that the Royal family had ordered Diana's death in order for Charles to be able to marry Camila in the Anglican church. That however was not possible due to the fact that Camila was also a divorcee and the church still could not allow it.
Another theory claimed that Henri Paul had been hired by the MI6, paid a large amount of money, in order to murder Diana; later it was confirmed by former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson that he had in fact seen a file on Henri Paul and that he had seen intelligence files for the assassination of a foreign political figure that was "eerily similar" to the one of Diana. It is extremely important to note that Paul made around $35,000 a year and yet when investigated after his death had $250,000 in his bank account that was seemingly untraceable.
It was also theorized that the National Secret Agency and the CIA were involved in the murder of the Princess, the CIA confirmed that they did have around 1054 files on her but reportedly none were from the car crash. The NSA apparently had also intercepted one of Diana's calls, to the Brazilian Ambassador's wife but many say that Diana was most likely not their target and instead their target was the wife.
One of the debunked but most popular theories at the time was that Diana was pregnant with Fayed's child and that the British Royal family could not have that. This theory had been developed by Dodi Fayed's father and later coroners performed multiple tests confirming that she was not pregnant. Fayed's father, however, remained paranoid due to their death and led multiple investigations on it.
Perhaps the most chilling of all theories or evidence of theories was one piece of information written in October just two years before Princess Diana and Charles' divorce. “I am sitting here at my desk today in October, longing for someone to hug me and encourage me to keep strong and hold my head high. This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous—[someone] is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry,”. Written in a note released by her former butler after the accident. Diana was paranoid and driven with anxiety amongst other mental health issues like bulimia and depression even before her death. This note, only released to the press much later and never investigated by police, further increased suspicions of the public of her death being more than just an accident.
Although it is an interesting case, it is important to note that the people's princess should be remembered not by what caused her death, but instead by her actions that inspired many generations and helped multiple people out of hard times. Years after her death, her presence still remains in people's hearts. She should be remembered as one of the first people to publicly hold hands with someone with AIDs, which at the time was thought to be transmittable by simple touch, ending the stigma and loneliness of so many suffering at the time. She should be remembered by her kindness and generosity to those who didn't have much, who had been kicked out of their houses, who had no food and no home, who were ignored and made fun of. Princess Diana is a prominent figure in our society and shall never be forgotten.