Ten Strange Facts of Princess Diana’s Death

Of all the conspiracy theories of the last few decades, the ones that surround the death of former royal Diana are some of the most colorful.

While it hasn’t been proven to any significant level that her death was anything other than a tragic accident, there are several intriguing aspects of the whole affair that can’t be simply dismissed.

It is perhaps important to remember that the jury in the official inquiry into Diana’s death found that she and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed and not victims of accidental death, as much of the media reported at the time.

10. Swapping Cars At The Last Moment

Although they had used a particular Mercedes throughout the day of their deaths in Paris, when Diana and Dodi went to leave the Ritz Hotel shortly after midnight on the morning of August 31, 1997, a different Mercedes was sent to pick them up.

Not only had the car been changed at the very last moment, but there was also no backup car present as there had been throughout the day and was standard practice for such security journeys.

There was also controversy regarding the seat belts and who was and wasn’t wearing them on that last journey. Everyone who knew Diana described her as a “habitual” seat belt–wearer, and they found it hard to believe that she was found to have not been wearing a seat belt.

At the same time, the security officer in the vehicle, Trevor Rees-Jones, was found with his seat belt on—unusual for a security officer on such a high-profile job, given that standard practice was for them to not wear seat belts so as not to restrict their movements.