princess diana death conspiracy
The Princess Diana Death Conspiracy theory first popped up within hours of the tragic, unexpected death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997—and the theory just isn't going away.
It is over a decade and a half since the world woke up to the shocking news that 36-year-old Princess Diana had been involved in a fatal car accident.
The crash happened just after midnight on August 31, when the Mercedes carrying a divorced Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed, 42, careered out of control in a Paris tunnel. They had just left the Ritz Hotel which is owned by Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed and were en route to Dodi's apartment. They were accompanied by two members of the Al Fayed staff.
Both the driver of the vehicle, Henri Paul and Dodi were killed instantly when the vehicle spun out of control. Diana survived for just over three hours before succumbing to her injuries, and Trevor Rees-Jones, Al Fayed's bodyguard was injured, but survived.
The initial blame lay firmly with the pack of paparazzi who were chasing the vehicle, however official investigators subsequently concluded that the driver, Henri Paul was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash, resulting in his loss of control.
The overriding theory is that Princess Diana was killed deliberately by the British secret service, MI6 to prevent her from marrying Dodi Fayed, bearing his child—a step sibling to a future king—and becoming a Muslim. This would have embarrassed and de-stabilised the monarchy could not be allowed to happen.
It is alleged that just after the black Mercedes entered the winding Pont de l'Alma tunnel, a black motorbike and two cars (one dark, one white) followed into the tunnel in a tight formation.
The white car approached and clipped the Mercedes, pushing it off line and allowing the motorbike to surge ahead. There was then a flash of light—a strobe—followed by a thunderous bang as the Mercedes slammed into the tunnel's 13th pillar.
The motorbike stopped and the passenger got off and peered inside the vehicle. He then turned to his partner and raised his arms into an X: the military signal for "mission accomplished" before speeding off.
- Lack of CCTV images. There were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the underpass yet astonishingly, none recorded footage of the fatal collision.
- Neither Diana nor Dodi were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, prompting speculation that the vehicle may have been sabotaged. Diana ALWAYS wore her seat belt when travelling in the back of a vehicle. Tragically, it has been confirmed that had the couple been wearing their seat belts, both would have survived the crash.
- The white Fiat Uno—the unidentified white car was seen to collide with the Mercedes at the entrance of the tunnel. There was white paint found on the Mercedes, proving that the cars had come into contact. The Fiat Uno was never officially found. Eye-witnesses Georges and Sabine Dauzonne saw the vehicle emerging from the tunnel and said that the driver of the car seemed perturbed by something in his rear-view mirror. They identified former security guard Le Van Thanh as that man. Forensic tests confirmed that paint and rubber on Thanh's car matched traces found on the Mercedes, but French police ruled him out of the investigation for some reason.
- Former MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson's sworn testimony. Tomlinson testified that;
- In the years leading up to the fatal crash, MI6 used a paid informant in the security department of the Ritz Hotel. He concludes that this informant was Henri Paul.
- In 1992 he was shown documents of an outline plan to assassinate the Serbian leader President Slobodan Milosevic while he was being driven. The plan involved an almost identical scenario to the crash that killed Diana—using a strobe light to disorientate the driver of the vehicle; ensuring the crash took place in a tunnel were the close proximity to concrete walls/pillars ensured the maximum damage plus it was noted that a tunnel would yield fewer casual witnesses.
- One member of the paparazzi who routinely followed Diana was a member of "UKN". A small group of part-time MI6 agents who provide ad-hoc services to MI6, such as surveillance and photography. It is not known whether the undercover pap was present at the time of the fatal incident.
- Tomlinson has been subjected to intimidation tactics ever since he raised his theories, including being arrested and deported on his arrival at JFK for an appearance on NBC—on the instruction of the CIA.
- A former soldier identified only as 'Soldier N' claimed that MI6 had help from the military service in engineering the crash. The former British special forces sniper told both his former wife and in-laws that the SAS (British Special Air Service) commando unit was behind the deaths and also the cover up.
- Author Alan Power wrote a book, The Princess Diana Conspiracy with the aid of another former SAS soldier. In the book he confirms that Diana was killed by MI6 with military aid. He claims the existence of the secret assassination squad called "The Increment Team", and corroborates Tomlinson's assertions.
- Eye-witness Francois Levistre said that a flash of white light was directed at the couple's vehicle, causing the crash. He then said he had stopped near the tunnel's exit and saw the motorcycle passenger get off, look inside the crumpled vehicle and make a hand gesture to the bike's driver before they sped off.
- The letter Diana wrote to her butler Paul Burrell in 1993. Burrell hid the letter from investigators, fearful that it would never see the light of day. In the letter, Diana warned; "This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry." Clearly prophetic.
- Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed alleges that Diana was pregnant at the time of the accident. He claims that Diana broke this news to him in a phone call on August 31. Diana's body was embalmed with inordinate and illegal haste after her death, making it impossible to carry out a pregnancy test to prove whether or not she was carrying Dodi's child.
- Whilst the British establishment tried to downplay the assertion by Mohamed Al Fayed that the couple were engaged in order to undermine his conspiracy theory allegations, there is CCTV footage of a Ritz Hotel staff member collecting an item from a jewellers and taking it to the couple's suite in the hotel. A ring with the inscription "Dis-moi Oui" (Tell me Yes) was discovered after the couple's death. A receipt dated the day before the crash was also recovered, listing a "bague de fiancaille" (engagement ring).
- The paparazzi photographers had crowded at the Ritz Hotel having heard rumors that there was to be an announcement of the princess's engagement or pregnancy.
- Henri Paul, who was Deputy Head of Security at the hotel wasn't due to be on duty that night but returned just to drive the couple. There have been claims that the blood used to test his alcohol level at the time of the crash (thereby concluding that his drunkeness contributed to the accident) was actually not his, but that of a suicide victim. This is further evidenced by the fact that there were high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood, consistent with that of exhaust fumes (as would be evident in a suicide by hose to tailpipe). It is widely accepted that Paul didn't draw a breath after the crash, and the level of carbon monoxide found would have rendered him unable to drive so it wasn't there before the crash.
- There is CCTV footage of Paul hovering outside the rear entrance of the hotel on the night of the crash, waving to a photographer. You can then see one of the paps raise his camera in response, which if you take into account the evidence of Richard Tomlinson that Paul was being paid by MI6 and that there was an MI6 plant in the pap pack, is incredibly suspicious. Perhaps Paul was involved in the plan up to a certain point—not knowing that he was actually driving to his death?
- Lord Stevens, who conducted the official inquiry into the accident in the UK met with Paul's parents in 2006 and assured them that their son had not been drunk—that he'd only had two drinks that night. Yet just over a month later, the official report was published saying that Paul was three times over the drink-drive limit and that his 'drunkeness' had caused the crash. Why the sudden change of heart?
You know there's an old saying: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not following you..."
Diana's death was such a shock to the world, and such a tragedy. Just because the thought that she was killed deliberately is difficult to comprehend, it doesn't make it untrue.
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Princess Diana Death Conspiracy