Why Princess Diana Said She Feared Prince Charles Would Physically Harm Her

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer started their courtship when she was 19 and he was 32. At his age, the future king was under enormous pressure to find a bride and start a family. Diana was considered a suitable choice for the heir apparent and Charles’ father, Prince Philip, told him to either “propose to her or release her.” Charles chose the former and married the woman he had only met in person a dozen times on July 29, 1981.

Perhaps being rushed into marriage meant they were doomed from the start but they stayed in their unhappy union until finally separating in 1992. After their separation though the princess reportedly thought Charles was going to harm her.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Princess Diana and Prince Charles | Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

Here’s what Diana allegedly wrote in a letter months after she and the Prince of Wales separated.

What Diana allegedly wrote about Prince Charles harming her

In 2003, Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, claimed in his book, Royal Duty, that the princess sent him a note and told him he should keep it “just in case.” According to Burrell’s letter, Diana feared for her safety and was worried that Charles was plotting to have her killed so he could remarry.

“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,” she allegedly wrote.

The handwritten letter that appeared to be Diana’s writing, was shown at the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice.

However, one of Diana’s confidants, Lucia Flecha da Lima, doesn’t buy that Charles was planning an accident to bring bodily harm against the mother of his two children. She also doesn’t believe that the princess was ever fearful for her life.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said. “Paul Burrell was perfectly capable of imitating Princess Diana’s handwriting. I don’t believe she was fearing for her life, especially from Prince Charles, the future king of [the] country.”

The Princess was involved in a terrible accident like the letter said

Princess Diana
Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Four years after Burrell said Diana gave him that letter, she died following a car accident.

The princess was being chased by the paparazzi as she and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, their driver Henri Paul, and Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones left The Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Their vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed trying to escape the photogs and the car eventually crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma Bridge.

Paul and Fayed were killed instantly but Diana was still alive and suffering from multiple injuries including a severed pulmonary vein. She was transported to the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital where she was pronounced dead several hours later on Aug. 31, 1997. Rees-Jones survived the crash.

Conspiracy theories have swirled for years that Charles or other royals could have been behind the crash. However, there has never been any evidence that the prince or anyone associated with his family had anything to do with what happened to his ex-wife.

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