Was Princess Diana’s death an accident after all?

With the media scandals surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pressure has pushed Prince Harry to speak openly for the first time about his mother’s death and how he views the event today with a different perspective being somehow alienated from the royal family.

Prince Harry even mentioned that traditions within the royal family have always made him keep quiet about the event and move on. In one of his recent interviews, he mentioned the regret he has for not speaking sooner about the death of his mother and how it affected him in his childhood as he was only 12 years old. when she died.

Princess Diana of Wales and her battle with the paparazzi

Princess Diana was one of the most beloved royals, not just in the UK, but around the world. Her openness to the public, her kindness and her lifestyle was something really attractive to everyone, although in many cases she mentioned that her public life had become quite stressful, especially when she had to beg the paparazzi to leave her alone.

Everyone loved her for who she was and the way she came to terms with being royalty at a time when the monarchy was falling from power somewhat. If you ask anyone who knows her, there will be nothing but praise. She’s embraced all the publicity that comes with royalty, however, even she had her moments when enough was enough, especially after giving birth to Prince Harry and Prince William.

Prince Harry has mentioned that he hates being a member of the royal family mainly because of all the public attention and that, in all honesty, it’s not a good life. He also mentioned that it’s something he’s always hated, especially when he goes on vacation.

In the video below, you can see a moment Diana kindly asked the paparazzi to leave her family alone as she feared for the safety of her children, not as royalty but as a mother.

This constant battle with the paparazzi is a very big factor in his life and potentially in his death. Even public figures are fed up with all the popularity, especially royals who don’t depend on fame for some sort of success in life.

The paparazzi have their own job, it’s true, but in the 90s they got very vicious and went beyond that line of respect just to portray themselves as if they had no family. This profession has never been able to figure out how they affect the mental health of every celebrity or, in this case, the royalty they hunt.

Just because a person is popular doesn’t mean they enjoy being popular as Prince Harry said.

The accident”

In 1997, Princess Diana was in a relationship with Dodi Fayed, the son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. Ever since the public announcement of their relationship, various media around the world were offering sky-high offers of up to £500,000 for a picture of the couple kissing.

The two were chased by paparazzi wherever they went, even if they were far out to sea on a private yacht, the paparazzi would be after them. They weren’t able to take a break from them and it affected Princess Diana immensely, although she never spoke about it publicly, but it was something Prince Harry always held back.

On August 30, 1997, Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed arrived in Paris where they were taken to the hotel by Henry Paul, the driver. Annoyed by the paparazzi, Princess Diana told Henry to evade the paparazzi waiting for their arrival at the airport.

It just shows that she wanted to have some peace and quiet time with her partner in Paris.

After their arrival, the couple wanted to dine at the restaurant but they could never escape the paparazzi because they were queuing outside the Ritz hotel where a limousine was waiting for them. A rescue car was brought by Henry Paul behind the hotel which the couple and Trevor Rees-Jone (the Princess’s royal bodyguard) boarded and escaped. Even with this good plan, the paparazzi were prepared for something like this so they started chasing them on motorcycles.

Henry tried to outwit the paparazzi by breaking the speed limit. In an attempt to shake off the paparazzi who were pursuing them, Henry entered the Pont de l’Alma tunnel by Paris at 70 miles per hour when the limit was only 30. The driver lost control of the car and crashed into a pillar.

The Mercedes at the scene after all the victims were taken to hospital (Source: Mirror)

One of the paparazzi chasing them was Romuald Rat accompanied by biker Stéphane Darmon who was an important witness. From Darmon’s recollection, Romuald Rat got off the bike and ran to the car where he opened the door and mentioned that Princess Diana was still alive.

Rather than being a decent human being and calling an ambulance, what followed was Romuald Rat taking pictures of the victims. Two other witnesses who stopped at the scene of the accident, Antonio Lopes-Borges and Ana Simão, said the paparazzi were taking pictures of the victims rather than helping them.

Prince Harry discussed the same in an interview taken by Good Morning America where he blamed the paparazzi in general for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana and Trevor Rees-Jones were the only ones still alive at the time of the accident. Henry Paul and Dodi Fayed died instantly. Although alive, Princess Diana was in urgent need of medical assistance as she was seriously injured. Every second counted, especially when the paparazzi took pictures rather than calling for help.

Paparazzi photographers Romuald Rat, Serge Arnal, Jacques Langevin, Nikola Arsov, Laslo Veres, Christian Martinez and Stéphane Darmon, who were arrested after the accident that killed Diana. (Source: TheGuardian)

Apart from Romuald Rat and Stéphane Darmon, other paparazzi quickly entered the scene. They were Serge Arnal, Jacques Langevin, Nikola Arsov, Laslo Veres and Christian Martinez, none of whom helped Princess Diana.

After she was pronounced dead, all paparazzi at the scene were charged with manslaughter, however, within days their charges were cleared. All the paparazzi got was a token one euro fine so the media could at least say they were fined.

Princess Diana was rushed to Hospitals Universitaires Pitié Salpêtrière – Charles Foix, Paris, France, where she was operated on, but unfortunately suffered major internal bleeding and died at 04:53 GMT on August 31, 1997.

There is another theory that Princess Diana actually died due to a misplaced tear in her lung vein. This was mentioned in a book called Unnatural causes by Richard Shepherd, a famous pathologist in Britain who also said that such an injury was so rare that he had never encountered it in his career.

Cover of Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd (Source: Amazon)

On the same date, the whole world learned of the death of Princess Diana. I don’t know about the whole world, but I can assure you that everyone in the UK fell into depression when they heard this news. More than 2.5 billion people around the world watched his funeral procession!

The person most affected by this news although he has never said anything until now was Prince Harry. It was quite difficult for him, at the age of 12, to process the divorce between Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1996, but with the death of his mother, it was something he could not. supporter and something that even affected him till today as he mentioned in many recent interviews.

Funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales, past St. James Park. The coffin is carried by the Royal Force, Royal Horse Artillery, escorted by a group of Welsh Guards. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

For years people thought Prince Harry was too young to understand exactly what happened, but I think he knows better than anyone exactly what happened and who should be blamed for the death. of Princess Diana.

Who is to blame?

The paparazzi are the ones who pushed the driver to drive at high speed to escape the media. The paparazzi are the ones who pushed those caring for Princess Diana into such dangerous actions.

There have been many debates, especially after Channel 4 (a popular British television channel) released a documentary titled Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel which looks at exactly what happened on that tragic night.

In 2004, the British Metropolitan Police launched an investigation, examining all the rumors and theories that had accumulated over the years on French soil, but this operation named “Operation Paget” was interrupted in 2006 because no results were found. been obtained.

Another important factor to mention is that people say that Princess Diana didn’t have her seat belt on during the impact, although no one knows because she could have taken it off after the impact. With the seat belt, she might have survived.

However, Prince Harry sees things from a different perspective, so in the end it was the paparazzi who simply went too far and those who chased them should have called for help rather than taken. photos of a dying woman.

What is very interesting in this whole affair is how a handful of people go from being charged with manslaughter to a fine of only one euro. Especially when there were at least three witnesses who confessed that the paparazzi at the scene were taking pictures rather than helping.

I wonder what would have happened to them if these photos taken at the scene with the victims inside the car had been made public. Whatever the truth in this whole story, it is clear that the paparazzi play an important indirect role in the whole event, to say the least.

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