Did SAS kill Diana?

New evidence has emerged which suggests that Princess Diana’s death in the Pont de l‘Alma in Paris was the result of a light being shone in her driver’s eye.

Scotland Yard is assessing the credibility of new evidence, which suggests that the SAS were given orders to shine a light into the eyes of the driver of the car which was carrying Diana, and her then-boyfriend Dodi Fayed. The story came to light recently and was relayed to Scotland Yard by the military police. A former SAS soldier, known as Soldier N, took Prince William for an advanced driving course in 2008. After spending time with the young prince, it is said that Soldier N could no longer keep the secret and told his wife that the SAS had been given orders, and that these orders had to be carried out in a tunnel for them to be successful.

Although he swore his wife to secrecy, she went on to tell her mother. When the woman asked her husband how someone could have agreed to do such a thing, he replied, “a job’s a job”. The story came to light when the woman and her mother became concerned in 2011-12 about the violent behaviour of Soldier N, whom the woman was divorcing.

It has been reported previously that the Royal family did not approve of the relationship between Diana, mother to the second in line to the throne, and Dodi, son of Muhammad Al-Fayed, owner of exclusive department store Harrods. The woman has confirmed to police that this was the reason for the ‘hit’, which was ordered by members of the Royal inner circle.

Both women have apparently given a account to detectives, including details of the motorcycle rider and a white car, which are well documented in court evidence, although neither vehicle or driver has ever been traced. The official cause of death was recorded as a combination of the intoxication of driver Henri Paul, the fact he was driving at speed to avoid the paparazzi and that Diana was not wearing a seat belt. Muhammad Al-Fayed has always believed that the British establishment, possibly the Royal family, murdered his son and Diana.

Read the full story in the UK’s Daily Mirror

Opinion: Time to let it rest

There are certain moments in history which remain with you forever and I’ll always remember where I was when I heard the news Diana was dead.

Growing up in the UK, the frenzy which surrounded Diana, from the days when she was simply Diana, kindergarten teacher, to her very public divorce and subsequent relationships, was mind-boggling. The UK press hounded Diana like no other member of the Royal family before her. While it may be said that she courted much of the press as her marriage fell apart and she wanted her side of the story to be told, no one sold newspapers and magazines in the way she did. A simple trip to the gym, shops or restaurant had her on the front page.

But the day she died was one I’ll never forget. It was early on a Sunday morning in August when my dad phoned me to tell me Diana had died. I asked him if she had been shot and he said no, that she had died in a car accident. I immediately thought at the time that this was an almost pathetic end to what had been such a vibrant and colourful life and that had she been shot, it would somehow be more acceptable. Now I know that sounds cold, but the rumours that the Royal family were not happy about Diana’s relationship were growing. She had recently holidayed on Dodi’s yacht, with the young princes Harry and William in tow, not at all what the establishment expected for potential heirs to the throne. Indeed, the photos of Diana in her leopard print swimming costume plastered all over the newspapers and reports that she was to marry Dodi couldn’t have helped.

As the story unfolded and the role played by the paparazzi became more apparent, suddenly it all made sense. Diana lived her life under the scrutiny of thousands of flashlights and this was to be the way she died. Conspiracy theories at the time were rife and have reared their heads throughout the 16 years since her death. Many are driven by the grief-stricken father of Dodi, Muhammad Al-Fayed, who has always claimed the Royal family were to blame for the deaths and that they are standing in the way of him being granted British citizenship.

And I fear this is one more story, an opportunity to make some money or to make life difficult for Soldier N, who apparently has caused much trouble for his former wife. Not only have we had an inquest into the deaths, but also a Police Service Inquiry into the handling of the investigation and nothing was found to support the conspiracy theory.

Prince William and his wife Catherine have recently welcomed their first son into the world and it looks as though Prince Harry is ready to settle down. Surely, 16 years on, it’s time to let these young men remember their mother as the vibrant, loving woman she was, and to stop accusing their father and grandparents of having her killed?

Do you think Diana died as the result of a conspiracy? Or was it just a tragic accident? And is it time to accept that we may never know the truth?

Written by Debbie McTaggart