A recently surfaced letter written by Princess Diana warned that Prince Charles was planning to have her murdered in a car crash that would be made to “look like an accident”.
In a note penned by the People’s Princess, she wrote: “My husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure, and serious head injury”
She said that the plot was designed to allow the prince “to marry” again after her death. She wrote the letter just 10 months before she was killed in a fatal Paris car crash, and gave it to her former butler, Paul Burrell, who said she told him to keep the letter as an “insurance policy” should something happen to her.
Fearing for his life, Mr. Burrell kept the letter a secret until he wrote a book years later in which he revealed its existence and exposed the conspiracy.
In his book, A Royal Duty, he wrote that she told him she was going to date it and he should keep it, “just in case”. Independent reports:
Written two months after her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles, Diana claimed in the note that she believed there was a plan for “an accident in my car, brake failure, and serious head injury”
The following August she was traveling with Dodi Al Fayed in the back of a chauffeur-driven Mercedes when it crashed in Paris’s Pont de l’Alma underpass.
Mr. Al Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul died at the scene. The princess and Mr. Al Fayed’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones were seriously injured in the crash and taken to the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.
Diana suffered a heart attack at the scene of the crash and later had her heart massaged in the hospital before she died. Mr. Rees-Jones survived.
A French inquiry into the crash conducted in 1999 concluded that the chauffeur had consumed a cocktail of alcohol and drugs and had caused the collision by driving too fast.
Prince Charles’ name was originally redacted from Mr. Burrell’s book, but the full accusation was revealed in the 2007 inquest into Diana’s death at London’s High Court.
The court heard that she had written: “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.”
She also claimed that both she and Camilla Parker-Bowles was being used as “a decoy” by her ex-husband, who she said really wanted to marry Prince William and Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
“This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous – my husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure, and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy,” she wrote.
princess diana said prince charles was planning to have her murdered and make it look like an accident © press Princess Diana said Prince Charles was planning to have her murdered and make it look like an accident At the inquest, the validity of the letter was questioned by one of Diana’s closest friends, Lucia Flecha da Lima, who claimed Mr. Burrell could have forged the letter.
Described as one of Diana’s confidantes, she told the court she did not believe the princess had feared for her life.
“Paul Burrell was perfectly capable of imitating Princess Diana’s handwriting. I don’t. she was fearing for her life, especially from Prince Charles, the future king of your country,” she said.
Asked whether he thought Prince Charles could have planned the princess’s death, Mr. Burrell also said it was “impossible”.
“I could not possibly see the father of her children murdering her,” he said. He told the inquest that “I can’t begin to believe the princess and Al Fayed were murdered. Knowing the members of the Royal Family as I do, and knowing them so well, I think that’s impossible.”
‘She Was Murdered’ The inquest, which concluded in April 2008, ruled that the gross negligence of the driving by Paul and by the ensuing paparazzi caused the unlawful death of Princess Diana and Al Fayed.