Shocking things we learned about Princess Diana after her death
When Great Britain woke up on August 31, 1997 to news that their beloved Princess Diana had been killed in a horrific car crash in Paris, an entire nation went into mourning. The stylish, beautiful and endlessly charitable blonde was by far and away the most popular royal of her day, adored by the British public for the way she related to the common man and used her influence to effect change, not only at home, but around the world.
In the wake of her death, numerous Hollywood A-listers including George Clooney and Tom Cruise slammed the paparazzi for chasing Diana's car into a dark tunnel in pursuit of a picture, with Elizabeth Taylor going as far as calling them murderers. What we learned in the months following the tragedy, however, was that the press actually had little to do with Diana's death.
The divorced Princess and her lover Dodi Al-Fayed were being driven by Ritz deputy chief of security Henri Paul that night, with Diana's regular driver having left the swish hotel earlier that evening in an attempt to lead the waiting photographers on a wild goose chase, but when a few failed to take the bait, Paul decided to loose them in the tunnel.
Getting into that car with Paul proved a fatal error on Diana's part, as French authorities later found that the reckless driver (who reportedly goaded paps into giving pursuit by telling them they would never catch him) had the equivalent of 10 glasses of wine in his system when he smashed into a wall at a staggering 120mph. It was just the first of many shocking revelations about Diana to surface after her death, and it turned out to be the tip of the iceberg.