Why Princess Diana Had a Right to Be Paranoid in Her Later Years

In Princess Diana’s later years, she was becoming increasingly more paranoid that something sinister would happen to her. She thought she was being listened to and was sure she was being followed. She even went so far as to predict her own death. Clearly, she had a right to be this paranoid, considering the circumstances surrounding her death.

Princess Diana was full of paranoia

The Princess of Wales stands next to Charles the Prince of Wales
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After Princess Diana’s separation from Prince Charles, she was becoming more paranoid and aware of the possibility that she could be spied on. She had her rooms in her home checked for listening devices. It looks like Diana may have been right, as an electronics expert discovered an eavesdropping signal in her bedroom in 1994.

Friends of Diana’s learned that five people had been tasked to oversee the process and bug her phones. During an inquiry into Diana’s tragic death, an electronics expert, Grahame Harding, says he picked up a signal that could have been used to listen to Diana’s every word.

Princess Diana’s room was possibly bugged

The Princess Of Wales wearing the Cambridge Knot Queen Mary Tiara
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On one occasion, Harding located a signal coming from her bedroom wall through a room used by Prince Charles himself. “I don’t know what was on the other side of this wall and was not able to investigate further as I didn’t have access,” he recalls. It could have been a signal from a radio possibly. “It could have been some equipment in another room but the noise, whatever it was behind the wall, was such that it was very similar to a transmitting device that transmits on particular frequencies.”

Diana’s butler speaks out

The Prince And Princess Of Wales attend a picnic
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Princess Diana’s butler, Paul Burrell, says that she was becoming paranoid in her later years of life and was fully aware that she could and possibly was being spied on. In the latest episode of Fatal Voyage Diana: Case Solved, Burrell recounts the stressful time in the Princess’ life. According to the podcast, Diana also discovered a microphone in her car, so she had every reason to believe that was being listened to and watched.

“The princess had been persecuted, undermined, misrepresented, misinterpreted, all her life, and she was frightened during the last few years of her life. She thought she was being followed,” Burrell says. “She thought all her phone calls were being tapped. We pulled up the floor boards looking for listening devices. We even had someone from MI5 come in and unplug all the electrical appliances to look inside and see if there was any possibility of tapping the Princess. She was told that beams could be sent from satellites in outer place and reflected from mirrors on the inner side of the palace and listen to conversations. So we took down every mirror.”

Princess Diana wrote a letter prophesying her death

Princess Diana wrote a now-infamous latter to Burrell only a few months before her tragic demise in Paris. The Daily Mirror released the letter, as reported by CNN. “XXXX is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure, and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for Charles to marry,” The Princess had written. The “XXXX” stands for a redacted name before the release of the letter. Burrell held onto the letter. He kept it hidden until 2003, when he finally released it in his book A Royal Duty. He says Princess Diana gave him the letter for insurance.

It sounds like with all the evidence on hand, that Diana could in fact have been spied on during her life. She was in an increasingly precarious situation. Many people believe that Diana’s death was no accident at all.