Police are investigating a disturbing claim that a member of the British Special Air Service (SAS) was involved in the death of Princess Diana of Wales, the widely admired and beloved mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. In an unexpected turn of events, Britain's Metropolitan Police announced Saturday, August 17, 2013 that they have new information regarding the death now almost 16 years after the tragic event.
British detectives are now looking into whether the deaths of Princess Diana and her close friend Dodi Al Fayed were a "criminal act," five years after an inquest ruled their killings were unlawful.
Princess Diana died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997 in Paris, in a car crash that also killed her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and the chauffeur. At the time it was ruled that the accident was due to reckless speed and by the relentless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them. At that time, there were dozens of photographers that followed her everywhere trying for that one “next-famous” photo.
According to the UK Mirror, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Military Police and the Service Prosecuting Authority was aware of this evidence and the claim since it was sent in September 2011.
The evidence was made public during the second court martial of Sergeant Danny Nightingale who was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition.
The new evidence is a letter to the commanding officer of the elite British Special Services by the parents-in-law of a special forces sniper, known only as Soldier N, who was Sgt. Nightingale’s former housemate and a key witness for the prosecution.
The seven-page hand written letter said Solider N boasted the British SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death” and personal information about the soldier's marriage and family life.
The UK Mirror has viewed the letter and understands the SAS passed the letter to the Service Prosecuting Authority prior to the start of the Sgt. Nightingale trial.
“The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed and assessing its relevance and credibility.
“The assessment will be carried out by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations command.”
The former Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed has long maintained the car crash that killed Diana and his son was a conspiracy involving the British state. A spokesperson for Fayed told media that he is unaware of the potential new development but will be watching closely.
A royal spokeswoman said there would be no comment on the matter from Prince William, Prince Harry or the royal family.