Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1st, 1961 – August 31st, 1997), was a former member of the British royal family. She was previously married to Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the British throne.

She was mother to Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana was born into British nobility and grew up close to the royal family.

The engagement of Charles and Diana was announced in 1981, and they were married later that year. However, their marriage suffered due to incompatibility and extramarital affairs.

The two separated in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996. Diana was known for her activism and was heavily involved in the acceptance of AIDS patients.

Her charisma and friendliness helped endear her to the public, and she quickly became the people’s Princess.

Her death in 1997 in a car crash thus had a significant public mourning movement and captivated global media attention.

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10 /10 Death Of Princess Diana

Princess Diana died on August 31st, 1997, after a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France.

Her partner, Dodi Fayed, was present, along with the Mercedes Benz W140 S-Class driver, Henri Paul. Their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was also present and was the only person to survive the crash.

Dodi and Henri were pronounced dead on the scene. None of the car’s occupants were wearing seatbelts; the vehicle was traveling at high speeds when it hit a pillar before striking the stone wall in the tunnel and coming to a stop.

Diana was taken to the hospital, where she shortly died as her heart had displaced to the right side of the chest, tearing the pulmonary vein and pericardium.

9 /10 Motives About Her Murder?

One of the primary motives proposed for her alleged murder included suggestions that she was pregnant with Mohamed “Dodi” Fayed’s child.

The couple was about to become engaged, and there was a dislike between the idea of a non-Christian within the British Royal family as she was the mother of the future king.

According to Mohamed Al-Fayed, which was once again given in an inquest to the court in 2008, Prince Philip, Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and others were involved in a plot to kill Diana and his son.

While there is still controversy, none of the events put forth are true.

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8 /10 Lack Of CCTV Footage

The lack of CCTV images or footage following the Mercedes’ journey from the hotel to the crash site has commonly been evidence of an organized conspiracy.

The Independent newspaper in 2006 found there were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the underpass where the fatal collision occurred, but none recorded footage.

Most cameras were pointed towards entrances to buildings along the route, and those for the Paris Urban Traffic Unit had no night duty staff, so no recordings were made.

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7 /10 Circumstances Surrounding The Crash

While the media claimed the crash was from the paparazzi following the car, there were several other causes instead.

In 1999, a French investigation found that Paul lost control of the vehicle at high speed while also being drunk and under the influence of prescription drugs and was found to be the cause of the crash.

Henri was the head of security at the Hotel Ritz. In 2008, the British Inquest jury found him responsible for unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving by him and the following paparazzi.


6 /10 Circumstances Surrounding Her Death

After her death, conspiracies began popping up. While official investigations from both Britain and France found she had died consistent with media reports, in 1999, a French analysis stated that Diana was killed due to the crash.

The investigator said that the paparazzi were away from the Mercedes S280 when it crashed and were not responsible.

A jury in 2008 returned a verdict of “unlawful killing” of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi chasing the car.


5 /10 Mourning Princess Diana

Any members of the public were invited to a book condolence signing at St. James’s Palace. Members of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and the Salvation Army also supported those along the mall.

In addition, over a million bouquets were left at Diana’s London home, Kensington Palace, and her family’s estate at Althorp.

Due to the sheer volume of flowers being brought and the high number of people, the public was asked to stop getting flowers due to their safety threat on the surrounding roads.

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4 /10 Remembering Princess Diana

The world grieved the loss of Princess Diana, with flowers piling up outside Kensington Gardens 5 feet deep and the bottom ones beginning to turn to compost.

While people were waiting to get their books signed and leave their gifts, several incidents occurred. An Italian tourist was given a week’s prison sentence for taking a teddy bear.

The verdict was later turned to a £100 fine. The flowers, teddy bears, and bottles of champagne left outside were then given to the sick, elderly, and children.

Finally, cards, personal messages, or poems were gathered and given to the Princess’s family.

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3 /10 Burying Princess Diana

It was unsure whether she would receive a ceremonial funeral, as she had lost the status of Her Royal Highness after divorcing Prince Charles in 1996.

However, there was a massive outpouring of public expressions of grief over her funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6th.

An estimated 3 million people attended her funeral in London. Attendees ranged from friends of Diana such as Elton John and George Michael to important political allies such as French First Lady Bernadette Chirac.

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2 /10 Impact Of Her Funeral

The protocol was disregarded during her funeral when guests applauded Earl Spencer’s speech, who criticized the press and the Royal Family for how they treated Diana.

Additionally, Elton John wrote a version of the song “Candle in the Wind” dedicated to her, deemed “Goodbye England’s Rose.”

The single became the best-selling single since the chart began in the 1950s, with sales above 33 million units.

The funeral was watched by 31.5 million people in Britain and an estimated 2.5 billion worldwide, broadcast to 200 countries in 44 languages.

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1 /10 Location Of Her Burial

Her coffin was driven to Althorp. Mourners cast flowers the entire length, and cars stopped on the opposite side of the M1 motorway as the cars passed.

Then, in a private ceremony, Diana was buried in the middle of a lake called The Oval, part of the Pleasure Garden at Althorp.

In death, she wore a black Catherine Walker dress and black tights, holding a rosary, a gift from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who died the day before her funeral.

During the summer, a visitor’s center is open with an exhibition about Diana, and visitors can walk around the lake. Profits support the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

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