Diana’s Inexperienced Safety Workforce Contributed to Dying, Podcast Claims

The tragic automobile accident that killed Princess Diana could have been avoidable if it weren’t for the flawed decision-making of her safety crew and driver.

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In episode 6 of “Deadly Voyage: Diana Case Solved,” famend investigator Colin McLaren examines and scrutinizes how Mohamed Al-Fayed and Henri Paul’s failures contributed to the premature dying of the Princess of Wales on August 31, 1997.

Al-Fayed — whose son Dodi Fayed had been romancing a newly divorced Diana throughout the summer time of her dying — supplied the royal with a safety crew for her security. Nonetheless, McLaren, investigative journalist Dylan Howard and their international crew of retired crime scene detectives, forensic pathologists and royal insiders clarify on the podcast that Al-Fayed’s safety element, which was composed of former navy members, could not have been correctly skilled to intently shield Diana.

“Their expertise was confined to navy operations,” former royal safety officer Ken Wharfe notes. “They’d no actual understanding of who this girl was. Nobody from that crew made any try and contact anybody at Scotland Yard for any assist and help or recommendation [on] how this would possibly work.”

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Princess Diana attends the Gala Efficiency of the Onegin Ballet in July 1986 on the London Coliseum in London, England. Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock

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Paul, the pinnacle of safety for the Hôtel Ritz Paris, was additionally guilty. He had properly over the authorized degree of alcohol in his system when his Mercedes S280 crashed that fateful night time, killing himself, 36-year-old Diana and Fayed. The princess’ bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived the accident with a critical head harm.

Within the “Safety Nightmare” episode of the 12-part docuseries, McLaren and biographer Tina Brown discover how Paul’s intoxication performed a significant position within the tragedy.

“You need to blame Mohamed Al-Fayed too as a result of it was his resort, and his employees put [Diana] in a automobile with a chauffeur who was truly over the alcohol restrict and who drove her to her dying,” Brown says.

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Obtain and stream “Deadly Voyage: Diana Case Solved” in every single place podcasts can be found.

To learn extra about “Diana: Case Solved,” buy the companion e-book by former detective Colin McLaren and investigative journalist Dylan Howard at bookstores or on-line.

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