Princess Diana’s death affected more than just the Royal Family. It devastated and shocked the world. No one could believe that the world’s most photographed woman could be dead at just 36. Conspiracy theories immediately sprang up about what might have really happened when Diana was involved in a car accident that claimed her life.
The Queen was at Balmoral with the family when she heard the news
The Queen’s initial reaction itself is strange and worth noting. A royal expert and author, Ingrid Seward, detailed how the Queen first took the horrible news that Princess Diana had died. In her book, My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage, Seward describes the ordeal.
“The royal family, holidaying in their Highland fastness at Balmoral that summer, had no inkling of the crisis about to overwhelm them when they received the news that Diana had been killed in a car crash in Paris,” wrote Seward. “The call came through form the embassy in the French capital at 3.30 on the Sunday morning 31 August, 1997, and their first reaction was simply one of dazed bewilderment.”
The Queen’s first comment after learning about Princess Diana’s death
The Queen was “bewildered” and the first comment she made after hearing of Diana’s loss was eerily sinister. “The Queen was bewildered and caught up by the mood of suspicion as to what had caused the accident. Her first comment, upon being told of Diana’s death, was to say: ‘Someone must have greased the brakes,’” Seward wrote.
The Queen’s strange comment shocked and “astounded” her staff. Why would she assume something like that? “It was an extraordinary remark for The Queen to make and astounded her staff when they came to hear of it, which most had by the time the dawn broke over Balmoral’s wooded hills,” Seward wrote.
Was Princess Diana’s death an accident?
The minute that Diana died, there were people investigating what might have happened. Could the Princess have been the victim of an assassination? Was it a planned hit? Or was it all just a tragic accident? It seems that everyone, even the Royal Family, had to ask themselves these questions just like the rest of the world in the days that followed her death.
Diana seemingly predicted her own death
The strangest thing about it all is that Princess Diana seems to have predicted her own death in a car accident. Diana allegedly wrote an eye-opening letter to Paul Burrell, who was her former butler. She penned the note only 10 months before her untimely death. “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,” Diana wrote to Burrell. The “XXXX” stands for a redacted name before the release of the letter. He finally showed the world the note in his book, A Royal Duty.
It seems the world, including the Royal Family, questioned whether or not Diana’s death was indeed an accident or something more. Could Princess Diana really have predicted her own death? The world will never really know the full circumstances. Diana died along with her partner Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.