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Princess Diana’s former safety guard believes she’d nonetheless be alive if he had been travelling along with her on the evening she died.
The Princess of Wales and her accomplice Dodi Fayed had been killed in a automotive crash in Paris in August 1997, together with their driver Henri Paul, whereas her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was significantly injured.
However Lee Sansum — who the princess nicknamed Rambo — believes issues might have been very completely different if he’d been within the automotive as he would have ensured the couple had been carrying their seatbelts.
He advised The Solaron Sunday newspaper: “It might have been me in that automotive.
“We drew straws to see who can be accompanying Trevor that weekend. I pulled a match and it was an extended one.
“After I discovered they weren’t carrying seatbelts within the crash I understood why they didn’t survive. That shouldn’t have occurred.
“It was customary observe for the household to put on seatbelts. It was an order despatched down from the boss, Dodi’s dad Mohamed Fayed. Dodi, particularly, hated carrying seatbelts and I all the time insisted on it.”
Lee labored for Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed and was assigned to take care of the couple once they stayed on the former Harrods’ boss’ villa in St. Tropez in July 1997 and Diana confided in him her fears that she can be murdered in the future.
He recalled: “She had been pleased on that vacation.
“However I had seen her in tears too, when she discovered of the homicide of her buddy, the style designer Gianni Versace. She confided in me her personal fears that she may in the future be assassinated.
“She requested if I believed his homicide exterior his residence was knowledgeable killing.
“I believed it was. Then she mentioned one thing that all the time stayed with me — ‘Do you suppose they’ll do this to me?’ She was shaking and it was clear from her tone that she actually thought that they could, whoever ‘they’ is likely to be.
“I spent a while reassuring her that nobody was going to attempt to kill her and she or he was secure with us, however she undoubtedly thought there was a threat that in the future she is likely to be assassinated.”
Whereas Lee doesn’t suppose Diana was murdered, he believes it was doable intelligence providers could have performed a job within the deadly accident.
He advised how, throughout a counter-surveillance drive in Surrey earlier than the St. Tropez journey, one among his fellow guards noticed a former SAS colleague, who was then with the Particular Reconnaissance Unit, engaged on a constructing web site.
He mentioned: “We had been usually adopted by MI5 however this was the primary time we had seen a Particular Forces man. We thought, ‘They’ve upped their sport’.
“A witness driving a automotive travelling in entrance of the Mercedes in Paris on the evening of the crash advised the inquest that he noticed a high-powered bike overtake the automotive simply seconds earlier than the crash.
“One other witness travelling in the wrong way noticed a second bike swerve to keep away from smoke and wreckage then stick with it out of the tunnel with out stopping. The riders of these bikes had been by no means discovered — and that’s no coincidence.
“I imagine that safety officers following Diana, probably British or a mixed British–French group, could have both inadvertently induced the crash or had been in shut proximity to the automotive when it occurred.
“If it was identified that MI6 operatives had been proper by the Mercedes on the vital second, lots of people would have blamed them for it, and that will have been an enormous scandal.”