Diana ‘in tears’ after friend’s death as princess ‘feared’ own assassination

Princess Diana feared assassination reveals former bodyguard

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’ death. The royal tragically died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. In the run-up to the anniversary, attention is once again being drawn to the car crash and, inevitably, the conspiracy theories about what caused it. 

An official 2008 verdict ruled it was a combination of the paparazzi in pursuit and negligent driving of chauffeur Henri Paul, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. 

However, despite being proven decisively wrong, other theories continue to rage. 

For some, what happened was not simply a tragic accident, but instead was the result of an orchestrated plot masterminded by someone who wanted to kill the princess. 

Now, a former bodyguard for Diana has claimed the royal was in fear of being assassinated earlier that year. 

Lee Sansum acted as a bodyguard for Diana and Dodi Fayed in St. Tropez that summer. 

He told The Sun last week: “She had been happy on that holiday.

“But I had seen her in tears too, when she learned of the murder of her friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace. 

“She confided in me her own fears that she might one day be assassinated.”

Versace was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion in July 1997. 

Diana was one of 2,000 people who attended the memorial, where she mourned the death of her friend alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Sir Elton John and Sting. 

Mr Sansum continued: “She [Diana] asked if I thought his murder outside his home was a professional killing. I thought it was.”

“Then she said something that always stayed with me: ‘Do you think they’ll do that to me?’ 

“She was shaking and it was clear from her tone that she really thought that they might, whoever ‘they’ might be.

“I spent some time reassuring her that no one was going to try to kill her and she was safe with us, but she definitely thought there was a risk that one day she might be assassinated.”

Just over a month after Versace’s murder, the car crash that killed Diana took place. 


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There was widespread public mourning following the death of ‘The People’s Princess’. 

A funeral was held for Diana at Westminster Abbey the following week, on September 6. 

Her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry, who were just 15 and 12 years old at the time, bravely walked behind their mother’s coffin for the journey to the Abbey. 

The princes have spoken about the impact Diana has had on their lives and both honour her legacy in their dedicated charity work. 

Harry recently said he feels his mother’s presence “in almost everything” he does.

In an interview with the Today show in April, Harry said: “It’s almost as though she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much back to helping me.

“Got him set up, now she’s helping me set up. That’s what it feels like, you know? He’s his kids. I’ve got my kids.

“You know, circumstances are obviously different. But I feel her presence in almost everything that I do now.”

He added: “She’s watching over us.”

The Duke is reportedly researching the final hours of his mother’s life for his upcoming memoir. 

On Sunday, The Sun reported “official judicial sources in Paris” have revealed that Harry’s researchers have been in touch, seeking information about the car crash that killed Diana. 

One source, who was involved in the original investigation, told the publication: “There have been approaches which suggest Prince Harry is intensely focused on getting more information about his mother’s death. 

“There are plenty of people in France who recall the night of the accident. It’s only normal that Diana’s son should want to learn more about it for his book.”

Express.co.uk has reached out to Harry for comment.

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