Princess Diana died in a car crash
On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died in car accident along with her partner, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. She was 36 years old when she passed away. After 1997, it was theorized that there was a criminal conspiracy surrounding the death of Diana. Though Diana is remembered for her kindness and support, her death is often remembered as a climax of one long chase for a scoop.
Diana and her rumored boyfriend reached Paris following a 10-day getaway on the French Riviera. They dined at a private salon in Ritz hotel, Paris. After midnight on Sunday, Diana and Fayed left the hotel and got into the Mercedes Benz to travel to Fayed’s Parisian estate. When they approached the entrance of a road tunnel at Paris’s Pont de l’Alma driving at approximately 70 mph, Paul lost control of the car and collided into a pillar in the middle of a highway.
Fayed and Paul died on the spot but Diana and her bodyguard (Rees-Jones) were still alive. Xavier Gourmelon along with several others arrived on the scene first. He admitted that at first, they did not know the woman who they were trying to free from the vehicle was Lady Diana. They dealt with it like any normal road accident. Princess was rushed to the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital. According to the early reports, she was suffering from a concussion, broken arm and a cut thigh. She had also several chest injuries. Doctors tried but they were not able to get Diana’s heart beating properly again. She died from internal bleeding at 4:53 on the morning of August 31, 1997. However, Rees had several facial injuries. He was in a coma for 10 days. His face had to be reconstructed and he suffered a broken wrist and chest injuries. Rees only remembers a motorcycle on the right-hand of the car and the only thing he can recall from the accident is Diana trying to speak to Fayed. In 2019, Dr. Richard Shepherd, concluded that Diana died of a tiny badly placed tear in the vein of her lung which could have been prevented if she had worn a seatbelt. The only survivor of this accident was her bodyguard who had worn the seatbelt.
What really caused the car accident? Henri Paul was the acting head of security at the Ritz Hotel and a licensed driver too. How could he lose control of the car? After the crash, French authorities gave a statement in which they told Paul’s blood exceeded the legal blood-alcohol limit. He had been drinking and driving recklessly. Some people argue that another element was also involved in this car crash. Their Mercedes was being followed by paparazzi on motorcycle and cars hoping to click pictures of Diana and Fayed. To this day, conspiracy theories about the accident abound. They all share the same thesis that this was no accident.
Some believe Diana feared this attack. In 2003, after her divorce with Prince Charles she confessed that this has been a dangerous phase for her because X is planning ‘an accident’ in her car, break failure and a serious head injury in order to make the path clear for Charles to remarry. No one really knows what happened, these are just some theories but who knows they could be real?