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Princess Diana wrote worrying note about being killed in a car crash years before her death

Gabriella Ferlita

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Princess Diana wrote worrying note about being killed in a car crash years before her death

Princess Diana tragically died in the early hours of the morning on 31 August 1997 after being involved in a car accident just hours before.

But it turns out that the princess may have foreseen her own cause of death years before she actually died.

In October 1995 - two years before her accident in which she was killed in Paris along with her partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul - the mother of Prince William and Harry told her lawyer Lord Mishcon that she thought she would be the victim of ‘some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure’.

She wrote in the note: “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.

Princess Diana may have foreseen her own cause of death years before she actually died. Credit: Richard Ellis / Alamy Stock Photo
Princess Diana may have foreseen her own cause of death years before she actually died. Credit: Richard Ellis / Alamy Stock Photo

"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 [Legge-Bourke, a nanny with whom Charles was falsely rumoured to be having an affair].

"Camilla is nothing but a decoy so we are being used by the man in every sense of the word."

Mishcon handed over the written account to Metropolitan Police officers after Diana died, but it took six years before the letter was given to Scotland Yard chiefs.

Diana thought she would be the victim of ‘some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure’. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Diana thought she would be the victim of ‘some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure’. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Now, Diana’s worrying note has been looked at once again during the Channel 4 documentary Investigating Diana: Death In Paris, which first aired yesterday evening (20 August) and commemorated 25 years since the tragedy occurred.

Diana’s family only came to find out about her terrifying note 10 years after she died, while her sons also had no idea about the account for years.

A month after Diana died, Mishcon read the note during a meeting with police chiefs, telling them that she thought if she didn’t die via car accident, ‘efforts would be made…at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced [in her mental health].”

Princess Diana tragically died in the early hours of the morning on 31 August 1997. Credit: BRIAN HARRIS / Alamy Stock Photo
Princess Diana tragically died in the early hours of the morning on 31 August 1997. Credit: BRIAN HARRIS / Alamy Stock Photo

Michael Mansfield, the lawyer who represented Dodi’s father Mohamed Al Fayed, said during the documentary last night: “The note is important because it's equivalent to somebody's premonition.

“If you were a police officer investigating it, you want to hand the account over to the French. They didn't do that. They stick it in the safe and they don't reveal it.”

Investigating Diana: Death in Paris continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Featured Image Credit: Lionel Cherruault Royal Picture Library /parkerphotography/ Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: News, UK News, Prince Charles, Royal Family

Gabriella Ferlita
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