Everything We Know About Princess Diana Death – Conspiracy Theories and Facts About the Night She Died

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The night died on August 30, 1997 is one now etched into the collective consciousness of the British people.

To commemorate of Wales death anniversary, Nexter.org prepared the story of how Lady Di died and how people tried to explain what happened that horrible night.

How did she meet Prince Charles?

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Lady Diana met Prince Charles at Althorp in 1977; she was 16 and he was 29. The Prince was a member of a shooting party as a guest of Lady Diana’s eldest sister, Lady Sarah. The Prince and Princess both recalled later that the meeting could be seen as the first landmark on the road to their marriage three and a half years later.

After Lady Diana spent a weekend at Balmoral as the guest of Prince Charles, a tabloid headline of 8 September 1980 proclaimed: “He’s in Love Again”. This sparked the press’ obsession with Diana, which would follow her until her death.

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Only a few months later, on 24 February 1981, Buckingham Palace announced: “It is with the greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son, the Prince of Wales, to the Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of the Earl Spencer and the Honourable Mrs Shand Kydd.”

Charles and Diana married on July 29, 1981 at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, three weeks after her 20th birthday.

When did the marriage breakdown?

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In December 1992, Prime Minister John Major announced the couple’s “amicable separation” to the House of Commons, with Diana announcing her withdrawal from public life on 3 December 1993.

This didn’t come as a surprise because by the late 1980s, Charles and Diana’s separate lives had become public knowledge.

The Princess famously signalled that her marriage was over in 1992 when she posed for pictures alone outside India’s Taj Mahal – regarded as the world’s most romantic building – while on a royal visit with her husband.

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Two years after the separation, in November 1995, Diana took part in a famously open interview for the BBC current affairs show Panorama.

When asked about Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles – whom he met in 1971 and dated until 1973 – Diana famously quipped: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Diana also confirmed her affair with James Hewitt, saying: “Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down [by him].”

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Divorce

The Queen swiftly advised Prince Charles and Diana to divorce, sending both a letter just one month later, on 20 December.

In February 1996, Diana irritated the Queen by issuing her own announcement on the divorce, stating: “The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles’s request for a divorce. The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St James’s Palace. The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales.”

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The Palace quickly contradicted this statement, saying: “We can confirm that the Prince and Princess of Wales had a private meeting this afternoon at St James’s Palace. At this meeting details of the divorce settlement and the Princess’s future role were not discussed. All the details on these matters, including titles, remain to be discussed and settled. This will take time.”
The couple officially divorced on 28 August 1996; while Diana did keep the title of Diana, Princess of Wales, she lost the Her Royal Highness title.

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How did die?

died following a horrific car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

The 36-year-old princess was being driven at high speed in a Mercedes S-280 after she left the Ritz Hotel when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge at around half-past midnight.

Diana, her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 41, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store, and driver Henri Paul, all died in the late-night crash. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived.

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Mr Paul and Mr Fayed died on the spot, while the princess died from her injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later.

Investigations carried out by both French and British authorities concluded that Mr Paul was responsible for the crash. He was drunk and on anti-depressants when he lost control of the Mercedes as it sped through the tunnel that lies next to the River Seine, while trying to shake off paparazzi photographers.

After six months of extraordinary claims and counter-claims from more than 250 witnesses, in April 2008 an inquest jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in London returned verdicts of unlawful killing for both the Princess and her boyfriend Dodi – the equivalent of manslaughter in a criminal court.

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They said that the paparazzi who pursued the Princess’s car and its driver Mr Paul were both to blame for the crash because of their “gross negligence”.

The jury also concluded that the couple might have lived if they had worn seatbelts.

Princes William and Harry were just 15 and 12 when their dad sat them down to tell them their mother had died in a car crash.

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Conspiracy theories 

It wasn’t an accident 

Diana seemed to have an eerie premonition about her own demise. After separating from Prince Charles, she sent a note to her butler with a disconcertingly accurate prediction. “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,” she wrote.

That’s where some media end her frightening words, but she goes on to say he wants to marry a woman named Tiggy and that Camilla is “nothing but a decoy”—which doesn’t match up with the fact that Charles did end up marrying Camilla Parker Bowles. The butler also later said the media had taken too much stock on the note, which had seemed to be a passing thought for Princess Di when she was feeling anxiety.

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The royal family didn’t approve of her then-boyfriend

Dodi Fayed, Diana’s boyfriend and the son of an Egyptian billionaire, was also a victim of the car crash. Rumors—mostly from Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed—were circulating that Diana was pregnant with Fayed’s baby and that the couple planned to get engaged soon. Some claimed the royal family didn’t want the mother of an heir to the throne, Prince William, to be married to a Muslim.

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MI6 was involved in her death

Former MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson spread a rumor that he’d seen intelligence files for an assassination of a foreign politician in Paris that had an “eerie similarity” to Diana’s deadly crash, leading to rumors that the driver, Henri Paul, was in on the scheme and was feeding information to MI6. But Tomlinson also happened to have been let go from MI6 for leaking secrets and was famous for trying to ruin the organization’s reputation. He also never used Paul’s name in connection to the accident.

The bodyguard knew there was a plan to kill Diana


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