Several reporters have brought new evidence to the public on the 16th anniversary of the beloved Princess Diana’s death. The evidence links back to a letter handed over to Scotland Yard just three weeks ago by in in-laws of a soldier who either was told information or was involved in the murder.
Princess Diana’s car hit a pillar on August 31, 1997, just two minutes after leaving the Paris Ritz Hotel with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed as their car sped towards their then secret spot near the Champs-Elysees.
The new investigation started after a letter was made available to the commanding officer of the elite British Special Services by the parents-in-law of a housemate of a special forces’ sniper, only known as Soldier N.
Sue Reid who studied all the new and old evidence, talked to witnesses who had never spoken to the police, and tracked down experts who saw evidence no longer available has shown that a bright light was purposely targeted at the eyes of the driver of Princess Diana’s car.
Based on the information Reid gathered she was able to verify that after chauffeur Henri Paul was temporarily blinded, he lost control of the car resulting in the crash that ended Princess Diana’s life.
Here is how the story changes from the results of the inquest and leads to dozens of new questions.
It was alleged during the original investigation that Henri Paul was an alcoholic and extremely drunk that night. However three days earlier Paul had passed an intensive medical exam for flying lessons and his liver showed no signs of alcohol abuse. Additionally blood tests from the accident were not completed when the media was told he had been drunk on the night of the accident. Later they were told his level was consistent with someone who had downed 10 drinks. A string of witnesses at the Ritz say Paul drank two shots of his favorite Ricard at the bar before taking to the wheel, which was confirmed by bar receipts at the hotel.
After their deaths, Mohamed al Fayed, Dodi's father, said the couple was planning to announce their engagement. Diana expert Alan Power claims that just nine days before her death the besotted couple ordered an Alberto Repossi engagement ring and planned to wed in October or November the same year.
There was also talk that not only was Princess Diana pregnant but that she was threatening to move abroad and take Princes William and Harry with her. In fact, Dodi had bought an estate, once owned by film star Julie Andrews, by the beach in Malibu, California, and shown Diana a video of it. She was eager to see it according to Dodi’s father. The monarchy was not pleased with this possibility and issued a statement against it.
Perhaps most compelling is the fact that the paparazzi who supposedly hounded Diana to her death were not even in the Pont d’Alma tunnel at the time of the car crash. Sue Reid and author Alan Power found out that there were several cars and a high-powered black motorbike that did enter the tunnel but did not belong to photographers.
Eyewitnesses said that black car and a white Fiat followed the Mercedes that the Princess was riding in speeding up and tailgating to cause the Mercedes to speed up as well. When the Mercedes swerved slightly to the right then the motorbike passed it. When the motorbike was about 15 feet in front of the vehicle, eyewitnesses agree that when the motorbike was about 15 feet ahead of the car a bright flash of white light was aimed back at Paul, presumably from the pillion passenger. It is believed to be a laser light. Moments later the Mercedes crashed into the pillars in the underpass.
Then one witness, a French harbor pilot, said the passenger then got off the bike and went over to the car. After looking into the window he crossed both arms in front of his chest, an informal military sign for “Mission Accomplished.” A graphic of the event can be found in a Daily Mail article.
Finally there were more than 170 important witnesses that were never questioned during the investigation. One was a world-famous accident examiner who collaborated that there was water in the brake fluid and tires. Reports that the car had been handling poorly before the crash were never recorded as part of Operation Paget, the inquiry led by Lord Stevens which investigated conspiracy theories surrounding the accident.
Other witnesses that were never asked to be witnesses included medical staff and one radiologist who said that she had seen a small fetus of perhaps six to ten weeks in the Princess’s womb during an X-ray and a later sonogram of her body.
Clearly there will be more information that will become evident in the weeks to come. Is this simply speculation to sell a new book or was there truly a group of men, who either worked alone or part of a special forces team, to either kill the Princess or frighten her into dumping Dodi and not moving out of Great Britain?