August 31, 1997, was a tragic day in the UK. Princess Diana was a passenger in a car that crashed in the Alma tunnel in Paris. The driver was intoxicated and speeding. Princess Diana was proclaimed dead less than four hours later. The driver and Diana’s partner both did not survive.
It seems as if it was just another drunk driving accident, but many people, notably the father of Diana’s boyfriend, question whether it was an “accident.”
Many conspiracy theories began circulating, which resulted in a full investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police.
Continue reading to find out 10 different conspiracy theories surrounding Princess Diana’s death.
10. Prince Charles Couldn’t Marry Again if Diana Was Alive
It seemed as if Diana had a premonition about her own death. After her separation from Prince Charles, she sent a note to her butler that said:
“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,”
Some media end her frightened words there, but she went on to say he wants to marry a woman named Tiggy and that Camilla is a decoy. However, that doesn’t match up because Charles did end up marrying Camilla Parker Bowles. The butler believed the note was simply an anxious thought for Diana, and the media looked too far into the note.
9. The Royal Family Disapproved of Her Boyfriend
Diana’s boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, was the son of an Egyptian billionaire, and he also died in the tragic crash. Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, contributed to the circulating rumors that Diana was pregnant with Fayed’s baby and the couple was planning to song get engaged.
There are claims that the royal family did not want Diana to be married to a Muslim since she is the mother of an heir to the throne.
The police investigation, Operation Paget, found that Dodi Fayed hadn’t yet bought an engagement ring, and Diana was expecting a proposal. Plus, blood tests indicated that Diana wasn’t pregnant at the time of her death.
8. French Doctors Hid Diana’s Pregnancy
Diana’s negative pregnancy tests were not convincing to some people. Doctors started the embalming process quickly after her death, which made a urine pregnancy test out of the question and could have created an excuse to claim it was a false positive.
What we must keep in mind is that the timing of the embalming was not unordinary. Diana’s injuries were consistent with the cause of death, so there was no reason for the doctors to delay.
It also isn’t standard to give deceased women pregnancy tests, so the fact that they hadn’t taken a urine sample wasn’t unusual.
7. Diana’s Driver Was an Informant for the Secret Service
Richard Tomlinson, a former MI6 officer, 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. This led to rumors that the driver, Henri Paul, was in on the scheme and provided MI6 with information.
However, Tomlinson was known for leaking MI6 secrets and trying to ruin the organization’s reputation. He also never used Paul’s name in connection to the accident.
6. The Secret Service Was Involved
Some people believe that the secret service led Diana’s car to the tunnel and blinded the driver. For the most part, Diana’s driver followed the usual route from the Ritz hotel to her boyfriend’s apartment.
At one point, though, he took a strange diversion, leading people to suspect the route he should have taken was purposely blocked by MI6, forcing Paul to head to a tunnel instead.
Supposedly, when the car arrived, a bright light flashed, blinding him and causing him to swerve and crash. Later investigations discovered that the vehicle was driving too fast to had gone down that usual route regardless, so it’s unlikely that Paul suddenly had to choose another path.
Eyewitnesses at the scene were unable to conclude which other vehicles were there. Some claimed they saw one motorcycle, and others saw six; some people saw a black car race away, while others claimed to see a white one. In any case, a car driving by an accident without stopping is not enough to warrant claims of foul play.
5. The U.S. Government Was Watching Diana
Some conspiracy theorists like to believe that the American government had a hand in her death. They think that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) were tracking Diana’s calls and had 39 documents relating to her.
The CIA admitted to having 1,054 pages worth of information about the princess but said none of those documents were related to the crash.
The NSA did intercept one of Diana’s calls, but it was to the Brazilian Ambassador’s wife, who was the more likely target. Other references to her name were said to be in normal conversation.
4. The Driver Wasn’t Drunk
According to official reports, the driver crashed because he was drunk behind the wheel. However, some believe that was a decoy. Theorists claim that the samples used in forensic tests belonged to a suicide victim and were used to frame Paul.
Toxicologists tested four different samples, and all suggested that his blood-alcohol levels were three times the legal limit in France. There was no evidence suggesting that the samples didn’t come from Paul’s body.
3. Diana Wasn’t Given Medical Treatment That Could Have Saved Her
Princess Diana was still alive while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. What’s suspicious is that while the ambulance was headed to a farther hospital, it passed one hospital without stopping. Since Diana was kept at the scene for so long, that decision is questionable.
Diana was kept at the scene for quite some time as she was treated on-location before getting to the hospital. Such practice in unusual for Brits and Americans, but it was common in Paris. French paramedics treat victims as much as possible before transferring them to the hospital.
The first hospital the ambulance passed wasn’t equipped to deal with Diana’s injuries. Operation Paget concluded that nothing could have been done to save Diana.
2. The One Survivor Knew About a Plan
Diana, her boyfriend and the driver all have died in the crash, but the bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones did survive. Dodi Fayed’s father claimed that Rees-Jones knew the crash was premeditated and did nothing to stop it.
Supposedly, Rees-Jones was being threatened to be killed by the secret service if he revealed their plot. After the tragedy, he received some threatening calls and letters but reported them to the police and was not particularly concerned.
1. The Paparazzi Set Up Unsafe Conditions on Purpose
Paparazzi were chasing Diana when the accident occurred, which led to rumors that the photographers were in on an evil scheme. Diana got a restraining order against one photographer a year before the crash. She claimed he’d crashed into her car attempting to get a photo and was using calculated tactics to cause her harm.
Operation Paget found that escaping from the flashing cameras played into the fact the drunk driver was speeding. But it also found the photographers to have no ill intentions.