Two and a half decades after her death, people are still talking about Princess Diana. One of the most heavily discussed topics is her death itself, and whether or not there was actual foul-play involved. A former bodyguard to the princess revealed in an interview that she actually did fear for her life ahead of her death in 1997. This has led to more speculation as to whether her death truly was the tragic accident that it appears to have been.
Princess Diana “Feared For Her Life” Prior To Her Death
Lee Sansum, former bodyguard to Princess Diana and her filmmaker boyfriend Dodi Al-fayed, recently went on the podcast Anything Goes with James English. He was on the podcast to promote his new book, The Bodyguard. Though Sansum was never a bodyguard for the Royal Family, he worked for the Al-Fayed family for many years. That meant that at some point in his service for the wealthy British-Egyptian family, he was assigned to Dodi and his current girlfriend, Princess Diana.
Specifically, he was part of the large security team assigned to the couple while they were vacationing in the South of France in 1997. He was assigned to the upper deck of the boat they were on, where he found the Princess crying. Her friend, Gianni Versace, had just been assassinated.
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“I bumped into her [Diana] on the top deck of the boat, we had an allocated security cabin on the boat, and I was on this big open deck, and I walked in there and was almost as close as I am to you to the princess,” he recalled. “She turned around and she’d obviously been crying a lot, and she said, ‘have you heard about my friend?’ I said ‘yes, we have and it’s awful what has happened, I know you knew him and I’m sorry’. She was crying and she said, ‘do you think they’re going to do that to me?’.” (1)
Sansum said in the podcast that he did his best to assure her that that wouldn’t happen to her. He reminded her of the large and incredible security team that she had and that everything would be okay. This was just months before Princess Diana died in the tragic car crash in Paris.
Sansum Not The Only One To Know This
Princess Diana didn’t open up about her fears of being assassinated to only her security detail. In 2003, her brother Earl Spencer revealed that the princess had expressed fears to him about both her safety and privacy.
“I think part of what happened after she left the Royal Family is that she began to feel quite exposed because, of course, for years, she was used to having this protective presence around her. She did feel that her phones were being tapped, things like that. She was being spied on.” (2)
While there have been many conspiracies thrown around, her brother has maintained that her death was not so. He remains that it was a tragic accident caused by several unfortunate factors and, at least in 2003, had no reason to believe otherwise.
Diana: The Ultimate Truth
Despite her brother’s feelings that Princess Diana’s death was not a conspiracy, there are still plenty of people who believe that it is. Former detective and award-winning investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas recently released a documentary called Diana: The Ultimate Truth where he dives into the last years of the princess’s life. He examines the various theories surrounding her death, as well, and attempts to uncover as many truths as possible. (3)
One of the first things he delves into is the tell-all interview that Diana gave on the BBC’s Panorama in 1995. At the time that she gave the interview, Princess Diana and Prince Charles had been separated for nearly three years but were not yet divorced. It was after this interview, where Diana had exposed both hers and Charles’ extramarital affairs, that the Queen urged the couple to finally divorce. Following the divorce Princess Di lost her royal title and the security detail that comes along with it.
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