Britain’s Princess Diana feared for her life just weeks before she died in a car crash, her inquest heard yesterday (19.02.08).
The princess – who was killed in a fatal accident in Paris on August 31, 1997 along with lover Dodi Fayed – allegedly confided in her boyfriend she was worried the British Royal Family were plotting to kill her and make it look like an accident.
Melissa Henning, who worked as an assistant for Dodi, said her boss told her Diana thought the accident would happen when her sons, Princes William and Harry, were not around.
Speaking to the jury at London’s High Court by video from the US, Henning said: “He told me that Diana was very concerned for her personal safety.
They had discussed this several times. She had felt the royal family did not want her around anymore.
“She thought they felt she was a threat to them and they would prefer not to have her around. She felt it would be an accident and it would only happen when the boys were not with her because the boys would never be harmed.”
Henning said she first thought the fears were a “little far-fetched,” but later realised the couple “deeply” believed this was a possibility.
After the car crash, Henning said she called Dodi’s father Mohamed Al Fayed to tell him about the couple’s fears.
She said she did not tell British or French authorities because she did not know if they would regard such information as significant.
Harrods owner Al Fayed has always claimed the couple were murdered by the British establishment because they were about to announce their engagement and Diana was pregnant.