Diana note ‘predicting own death’ was locked in Scotland Yard safe for six years

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Twenty-five years on from Pincess Diana’s shocking death in a car crash in Paris, questions are still being asked about what happened on the night of August 31 in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel.

A new documentary series from Channel 4 re-examines the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death, which prompted 104 separate allegations of murder.

Investigating Diana: Death in Paris focuses on the eerie predictions that Diana made about her own death, and in particular the so-called "Mishcon Note”.

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The note, a record of a meeting between the princess and top lawyer Victor Mishcon in 1995, contains an allegation from Diana that an attempt would be made to “get rid of her” by April 1996.

Diana quoted a source – who she never named – who had told her that dark forces planned to stage a car accident that would leave her dead or horribly disfigured.

The idea of a conspiracy to kill her was very much on Diana’s mind. She told her butler Paul Burrell a similar story.

But the Mishcon Note took an extraordinarily long time to come to light.

In the Channel 4 show, Michael Mansfield, the celebrated human rights lawyer who was hired by Mohammed Al-Fayed to build a case against the Royal Family, expressed his surprise that the document was locked away by the Metropolitan Police and apparently forgotten about.

Al-Fayed was absolutely convinced that the Royal Family had orchestrated the accident that killed his son Dodi as well as Princess Diana. He believed that Diana was pregnant with his son’s child, and that Dodi’s plan to propose to Diana on that fateful night had somehow reached the ears of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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In 2004, the Metropolitan Police launched its own inquiry into Diana’s death and released an 832-page report in 2006. The former Metropolitan Police Commissioner found that Diana, Princess of Wales died in an accident and that there was no evidence of a conspiracy to murder her

“The most important thing about that report, and the wait-a-minute moment, light shining through the darkness suddenly, was the Mishcon Note. The note had been put in a safe at the New Scotland Yard,” said Mansfield.

The note had somehow been overlooked for seven years after being handed to police by Lord Mishcon.

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Former Metropolitan Police commissioner John Stevens, who led the police inquiry, told the Daily Beast.“The letter was given by Lord Mishcon to my predecessor, Paul Condon, and he put it in his safe,”

“I was only made aware of that when I was made commissioner myself… and I had been made aware that Lord Mishcon had said he hadn’t actually attached much importance to it”

He added that he had spoken with Lord Mishcon about Diana’s letter in 2005, and said that the lawyer “thought she was paranoid, and he hadn’t held much credence to it”.

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The content of the note echoes a letter published by Burrell in the first of his two books revealing the secrets of life with Diana.

That letter, dating from October 1993, read:"This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous.

"My husband is planning an accident in my car, brake failure or some serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing more than a decoy so we are being used by the man in every sense of the word."

The later wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles suggests that whoever was feeding information to the princess was woefully misinformed.

Multiple inquiries have concluded that there was no substance to the innumerable conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death, but the revelation that such a dramatic document could simply lie forgotten in a police safe explains how those theories grow and spread.

Investigating Diana: Death in Paris is streaming now on All4.

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