Britain's Metropolitan Police said Saturday that they've received new information regarding the 1997 death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash. According to Sky News on Aug. 18, the incredible allegation was reportedly passed onto Scotland Yard detectives by a former military soldiers parents-in-law. Conspiracy theories have swirled ever since that fateful August day 16 years ago, when the world was shocked to hear Princess Diana and her close friend Dodi Al Fayed were killed in a Paris tunnel.
Princess Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul died after their Mercedes-Benz crashed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997. Diana was 36 at the time of her death, and Dodi, the son of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, was 42.
Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said it's believed this new information includes an allegation that Princess Diana and Al Fayed, as well as the driver of their car, were killed by a member of the British military.
Many people just couldn't accept the shock of Diana's death, and perhaps that's one reason so many conspiracy theories that others played a role in her demise have flourished. Also, Diana herself made references to fearing for her life following her divorce from Prince Charles.
After a second inquiry that concluded in 2008, a jury determined the three deaths to be an, "unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes".
That jury ruled that the Princess Di and Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the factors that Henri Paul was driving drunk and recklessly speeding as a result of being chased by paparazzi on motorbikes, according to the Daily News.
The Metropolitan Police stress this latest assessment is not a reinvestigation, or re-opening of the previous inquiry. A royal spokeswoman said, "there will be no comment on the matter from Prince William or Prince Harry, or from Clarence House".
British detectives are now looking into whether the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were a "criminal act". Sources say references have also been made to Diana's diary as part of this new evidence.
Scotland Yard said in a statement, "The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in retaliation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility".
The new claim appears to have been sent first to military authorities and then passed to London police by the parents-in-law of a British special forces sniper after his marriage had fallen apart, according the website for the "Sunday People" newspaper and CNN.
An unnamed source for the website claimed to have seen a seven-page handwritten letter by the in-laws, alleging that the unidentified soldier, had bragged to his wife that the elite British Special Air Service commando unit was behind the deaths.
Many took to social media to discuss this newest conspiracy theory in the death of the ever-popular "People's Princess". But others point out this happens regularly as the anniversary of her passing approaches.
Also, people took notice of the fact that this year a new feature film about Diana's life, "Diana", is about to hit the silver screen.
Besides Princess Diana and Fayid, chauffeur Henri Paul was also killed, when the black Mercedes he was driving crashed in the Pont de l'alma Tunnel as they sped away from the Ritz Hotel.
A fourth passenger in the car, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was the sole survivor.