13 Things We Still Don’t Know About Princess Diana’s Death
Official investigations have delved into the details surrounding the car crash that killed Princess Diana, but several questions still remain unanswered.
Could different medical treatment have saved her?
Critics have called out the way the French medical team responded to Princess Diana’s death, claiming that they (intentionally or not) kept her from getting the life-saving treatment. The car crashed a bit before 12:30 a.m. on August 31, 1997, but she wasn’t put in the ambulance until 1:18 a.m. By the time she was stable enough to get going, it was 1:41 a.m., and the ambulance drove off at about 25 to 30 miles per hour, ignoring a closer hospital and going to another one farther away. Medical authorities have stood by the decisions—they couldn’t move her before she was stable, and even then, they had to be careful not to bump around too much; plus, the closer hospital wouldn’t have had the right equipment to deal with the injuries—but there’s no telling whether a different strategy could have had a better outcome. What we do know: These 12 “facts” about Princess Diana just aren’t true.
Why didn’t the royal family come to London immediately?
When Princess Diana’s death was announced, those grieving fled to London to pay their respects—those except for the royal family. They’d been in Scotland at the time, and they remained silent except for one brief message the morning of her death: “The Queen and Prince Philip are deeply shocked and distressed by this terrible news. Other members of the royal family are being informed of the Princess’s death.” The public, politicians, and the media called the family out, but they didn’t arrive for another four days, with the Queen’s speech a full five days after Diana’s death. Conspiracy theorists were quick to suggest that the “accident” had been a plot of the royal family all along, so of course, they wouldn’t grieve. But in truth, we’ll never know if they were too stunned with grief to face the public, or if they just wanted to take the time to nail down the best strategy before making any comments or appearances.
Did Diana think she was pregnant?
Al-Fayed’s father has insisted that Princess Diana was expecting—and that the royal family caught wind and took extreme steps to end the pregnancy, wanting to keep an Egyptian Muslim out of the family. To be clear, medical reports said there was absolutely no evidence that Princess Diana was pregnant when she died. But the question still lingers in some people’s minds, especially since the forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Shepherd told the Daily Mail, “Pathologically there was no evidence that Princess Diana was pregnant, but some women say they know they’re pregnant from the moment of conception. Was she one of those?” If you thought these mysteries were juicy, you won’t want to miss these secrets about Princess Diana no one knew until after her death.