Princess Diana's Death:
Conspiracy Theories –

Henri Paul -- Secret Alliegances?

Was Diana and Dodi's driver, Henri Paul, in the pay of a national security service? Why would Paul, a chauffer and man of limited means, have nearly 2,000 British pounds in his wallet on the night of his death?


Blood and Alcohol

French authorities claim Paul was intoxicated; that his blood-alcohol level on the night of the crash was three times the legal limit. But CCTV footage from the Ritz paint a different picture -- Paul's demeanor that night was distinctly sober. The testimony of friends and associates alike acknowledge that he drank -- but not to excess. Were the blood samples used by the French actually from Paul? Or from someone else?


The Tomlinson/MI6 Allegations

Former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson claimed that Britain's MI6 had Diana under surveillance before her death, and that Henri Paul was an MI6 agent. According to Tomlinson, Diana's death was eerily similar to assassination plans he saw in 1992 in which Serbian President Slobodan Milošević was the target, using a strobe light to blind his chauffeur.


The Fayed Factor

From the moment news of the fatal crash reached the public, speculation was rife that Diana was pregnant with Dodi Fayed's child and that the couple were about to get engaged. Did the House of Windsor harbor a distaste for a Muslim marital connection? According to Dodi Fayed's father, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana's sister, and many others, conspired to kill the Princess and his son. Mohamed Al-Fayed claimed in TV interviews that the couple were on the verge of announcing their engagement on the Monday after the accident. CCTV images recorded only minutes before their deaths show a relaxed Diana and Dodi affectionately holding hands. While that in no way proves an imminent engagement, it runs counter to the Royalist meme that their relationship was on the rocks.


Embalming Coverup

It has been alleged that Diana's body was deliberately embalmed quickly after her death to prevent positive results in any post-mortem pregnancy tests.


The Bright Flash

Multiple witnesses reported seeing a bright white flash just ahead of the Mercedes after it entered the tunnel. Richard Tomlinson made this allegation in press interviews and said it was consistent with eyewitness testimony. Eyewitness François Levistre made an unambiguous reference to a bright flash in his testimony to French police. He claimed he saw the flash and other elements of the scene as it unfolded in his rear-view mirror, just before he exited the tunnel. Another witness, American tourist Brian Anderson, also said he saw a bright flash.


White Fiat Uno and Photographer James Andanson

Forensic analysis of the Mercedes wreckage revealed that glancing contact had occurred between the Mercedes and a white Fiat Uno, leaving traces of paint on the Mercedes bodywork. Numerous attempts by the French police to locate the Fiat were unsuccessful. Mohamed Al-Fayed and others have alleged that the white Fiat had been used by MI6 to force the Mercedes to swerve and crash into the side of the tunnel. The car was supposedly owned by French photojournalist Jean-Paul James Andanson, who had recently photographed Diana while she was at Fayed's villa. Some say Andanson, who died in May 2000, could have suffered suicidal guilt over his role in Diana's death and acted on it. Others believe he was assassinated by French or British security services in order to silence him. The circumstances of his death were highly suspicious. His body was found in a black, fire-damaged BMW in a forest in the south of France, with the doors locked and the car keys missing. Andanson's headless body was seated in the driver's seat. His head was found between the front seats. Investigators also found a hole in his left temple.


The Missing CCTV images

There are no CCTV images of Diana and Dodi's Mercedes as it raced from the hotel to the crash site. This despite the fact that, according to an article published by The Independent newspaper, there were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the Pont de l'Alma underpass. Where are the CCTV images?


Unused Seatbelts

In view of media coverage in April 2006 attesting to the fact that Diana was a faithful seat belt user, the fact that both her and Dodi's belts either failed or were not used at all is worth looking into. French investigators declared all the seatbelts operational after an examination in October 1998. An English investigator later found Diana's seatbelt to be faulty after the car had been returned to Great Britain.


Soldier N

The Court Martial of SAS Sniper Danny Nightingale led to revelations about the so-called 'Soldier N' letter. 'Soldier N' -- Nightingale's one-time roommate -- is incarcerated for illegally concealing firearms and ammunition. Police are examining evidence that 'Soldier N' boasted that Princess Diana had been killed by the SAS. The parents of Soldier N's ex-wife are said to have written to the SAS's commanding officer, and claimed that 'Soldier N' had told his wife that his unit "arranged" Diana's death and then covered it up. The Royal Military Police passed this information to Scotland Yard, which in turn has taken pains to say that they are only examining its "relevance and credibility" and that a re-investigation of Diana's death is not imminent. Prince Charles and Mohamed Al-Fayed are nonetheless being kept apprised as the examination continues.


Prolonged Transport to the Hospital

The length of time Diana spent in the French SAMU ambulance as it took her from the crash scene to the hospital has also come in for scrutiny. The first call to the emergency services switchboard was logged at 12.26 a.m. The ambulance that carried the Princess didn't arrive at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital until 2.06 a.m. Records revealed that the ambulance left the crash scene at 1:41 a.m. and arrived at the hospital at 2:06 a.m.— a liesurely 26-minute ride. With the life of the Princess of Wales hanging in the balance, one can't help but wonder why they took as much time as they did.