Diana ‘killed by arms dealers over her landmines campaign’ in shock new claims

Diana ‘killed by arms dealers over her landmines campaign’ in shock new claims


Diana was so famous, and so beloved, that many of her admirers around the world found it difficult to believe that her life would end with something as ordinary as a car accident Rumours of an assassination plot have circulated since the moment that the hired black 1994 Mercedes-Benz W140 driven by Henri Paul slammed into the 13th pillar of Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed, was sure that the crash was no accident He became convinced that Diana and his son met their deaths at the hands of MI6, acting on the orders of the Royal Family His suspicions were later ruled by a French court to be unfounded. The Met’s Operation Paget was set up to investigate the myriad conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death They looked into several theories including the alleged security service affiliations of driver Paul, the allegations made by former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson that the Secret Intelligence Service had caused the crash by dazzling the driver with a bright light, and the ‘Soldier N’ letter, which claimed the SAS were responsible for Diana’s death The operation, which cost in the region of £25million, concluded that there was no solid evidence to support any of these theories But now a new podcast looking into the causes of that deadly crash has raised the question of whether a conspiracy of international arms dealers could be behind Diana’s mysterious death Lou McGrath, who led a campaign against the use of land-mines through his Mines Advisory Group (MAG), says that Diana’s support of his cause proved to be a “turning point” in the global effort to ban the deadly devices Paul Heslop, who joined Diana on her 1997 trip to Angola with the Halo Trust said: “I’m not saying that Diana made it happen, but I am saying that I think her involvement made it a lot harder for it not to happen,” He continued: “Diana’s involvement in the mine treaty and then her untimely death, and the timing of that death around the treaty being signed, I think certainly pushed it across the line ” Diana gained international attention for MAG’s cause in January 1997 when she called for a ban on anti-personnel devices Less than four months after her death, 122 governments signed up to the Ottawa Treaty, which aimed to outlaw mines internationally But the manufacture of mines, like the manufacture of arms generally, is big business Could Diana’s involvement in the MAG campaign have provoked arms dealers into an assassination attempt? Former BBC TV Royal Correspondent Michael Cole says she certainly ruffled some feathers He told the podcast: “This was big, big, big mischief, big medicine, because huge sums of money were tied up in the armaments industry, and Diana proved herself to be successful through the British Red Cross in getting landmines banned, and what was the next project? “Perhaps napalm Perhaps fragmentation grenades. There was no stopping what might have happened next ” Paul Burrell, who was butler to Diana, Princess of Wales and has become a celebrity in his own right, also suspects that she had made enemies within the arms trade, adding: “There were factions around the world who said that Diana was meddling in something she didn’t understand because the landmine campaign was worth billions ” Simone Simmons, the holistic healer who became a close confidante of Diana’s during her last years, says that the Princess had definitely been warned to keep away from the landmine campaign She said: “She did get threatened. People were saying to her, ‘You don’t know what you’re dealing with Stop putting your nose where it’s not wanted’.” Michael Cole raised questions about US government agencies having files on the late princess The National Security Agency has admitted that it has files on Diana, and there is also speculation that the Central Intelligence Agency may have documents that could help investigator He said: “Diana was not a weapons system. She wasn’t a foreign country. She wasn’t a diplomat She wasn’t a politician. “Why the CIA had such a file on an individual, a private individual, has never been explained, and the CIA has always refused to allow that file to be made public ” Did Diana cross the wrong people? Did she cost a group of international arms dealers too much money? Or was her death, as a French inquest concluded, merely the result of careless driving by chauffeur Henri Paul? No matter how many millions are spent on further inquiries, there will always be some who believe that dark forces were at work on that fateful night in Paris Diana: Case Solved is available on Apple Podcasts and many other podcast services Episode 4 is available for download from Tuesday

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