On 31st August 1997, the Princess of Wales, as well as Dodi Al-Fayed and Henri Paul were being pursued by paparazzi in Paris when suddenly, their car crashed in a road tunnel and they all passed away. The inquests of the deaths later revealed that they were unlawfully killed due to lack of seatbelts, excessive speed and Mr Paul's drink driving. Today, new information has revealed that the Metropolitan police will assess claims that the three were killed not as a result of an accident, but by a member of the British Military.
In the wake of these claims I will admit that I wonder- should this heartbreak be unravelled again? The sudden death of Diana brought many tributes from the devastated public, the world mourning together as one and grieving the loss of the popular royal figure. Of course, I know it is in everyone's best interest that justice prevails so that Diana can rest in peace, however, her death has already brought so much sorrow and it can be argued that by revisiting this, we are only taking a step backwards and are not moving on from the tragedy. The loss of their mother would have been an excruciatingly sad and painful time for Prince William and Harry, who let's not forget, were only 15 and 13 at the time of her death, and some may say it is not fair to them to bring back the raw pain they would have experienced at the time. Yes they are grown men now, but this will not take away their personal heartbreak and the investigation could lead them into the vicious circles of 'What if's' and 'If only's' that will constantly play on their minds.
On the other hand, it could be argued that if anything, her sons deserve to know how she died so that they can move on and accept what has happened. I cannot imagine how it must feel to lose someone so close to you at such a young age, but now that the princes have grown up it seems only fair that they are treated like adults and the media stop trying to protect them by withholding information. If there are claims that Princess Diana's death was a planned murder, it is to be expected that her sons will want to know the truth and find out why these claims were made, where did they come from and what evidence is there to support this.
Moving on to the evidence side of the car crash, it is questionable as to whether any evidence recently found suggesting that Diana's death was anything but an accident is credible. The incident happened sixteen years ago and the inquest then ended in 2008, deeming her death as 'unlawful killing,' despite Mohammed Al-Fayed's claims that the crash had been planned, accusing MI6 as well as the Prince of Wales. Al-Fayed eventually stated that he would end his ten year campaign to establish that it was murder and said he only did so for the sake of her children. Since then, there has been no other evidence suggesting that Diana's death was murder and everything suggests that her death was an accident, making it more difficult to believe a claim that so far has no form of evidence to support it.
Whilst there is no existing evidence, these claims have now provoked thought and it is in our human nature to want to find out the truth. Yes Diana has passed away, but I am a strong believer that justice should prevail and in order to respect her memory, the truth should be discovered. Princess Diana's tragedy sparked worldwide upset and if we are able to know the real reason why she died, the world will be able, to some extent, move on and accept what happened.
Nevertheless, what has happened, has happened. I am not for one minute reducing her death because it was clear from the worldwide tributes paid to her that she was a valued member of the royal family that clearly made a difference with her charitable and selfless work. Saying that, if it is revealed that she was definitely murdered- the sad truth is that nothing will have changed. Finding out the truth may bring a sense of closure but ultimately, will not bring Diana back.
I can't say whether or not the case of her death should be closed because I can see both sides and understand why people would and would not want to know if she was actually killed purposely. What I can say is this. Diana was a genuine, kind-hearted woman and the fact that people are showing such an interest in the recent claims demonstrates the impact that the Princess of Wales had upon the world.