In a new documentary series, Martine Monteil, the French police chief who oversaw the inquiry into Princess Diana’s murder in 1997, claims to have discovered “small pearls” at the crash site that “belonged to the princess.”
The British broadcaster Channel 4 is presenting Investigating Diana: Death in Paris, which explores the incident and its possible causes, in advance of the 25th anniversary of the high-speed automobile disaster in Paris that killed Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul.
Two inquests were held in the wake of the accident that occurred in the early morning hours of August 31, 1997, in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. One occurred in France in the days following the occurrence, while the second took place in Britain in 2008.
In her interview with the film’s creators, Monteil described how she was one of the first police officers to arrive at the crash site, which was treated like a crime scene right away. The photographers who had been chasing the princess’s car out of the Ritz hotel were detained on suspicion of causing the collision.
Monteil recounted finding clues scattered about at the crime scene in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, which was closed while police investigated the situation. The debris included pieces from a second car involved in the collision.
We started to discover these tiny hints, she added. “We observed brake indicators. Red light fragments from another vehicle. There were paint splatters on the car’s side. Due to the significance of finding things, I became obsessed with it.”
Monteil discovered certain artifacts that belonged to Diana among these minute hints. She added, “I even discovered several little pearls.” “The princess owned them.”
The French investigation concluded that Diana’s death was “accidental” and that Paul, the Ritz’s temporary head of security, had a blood alcohol content that was higher than the legal limit for driving. In addition, six paparazzi were accused of manslaughter for their part in the pursuit of the car; however, the accusations were eventually dismissed.
The princess was illegally slain, according to the 2008 British inquiry, which blamed “grossly irresponsible driving of the pursuing vehicles [the paparazzi] and of the Mercedes driver Henri Paul.”
When it was discovered that three photographers had shot pictures through an open Mercedes door after the collision, they were charged with invasion of privacy and put on trial. The images were taken by French law enforcement. In 2003, the photographers were found not guilty.
These images helped the investigators create a thorough timeline of the collision, which included who was close to the princess’s car both before and after the collision.
The docuseries also features Eric Gigou, Monteil’s Brigade Criminelle coworker. He revealed to OK! magazine, “We traced the path they traveled. searched for any witness, everyone who may have come into contact with the car, seen the motorcyclists, or witnessed something.”
He went on, “Because the human memory is erratic and memories fade with time, for us, it is a race against time that began as soon as we were given the case. Paparazzi are being held in prison. We were able to observe the moments just prior to the accident via their images. In the moments that followed, we were able to recognize those who were near the car.”
The series also examines a number of well-known conspiracies surrounding the crash that surfaced during the ensuing ten years. There are allegations that a bright light was used to confuse Paul and that British intelligence agents followed Diana while she was in Paris, among other things.
The British investigation Operation Paget, which was conducted in 2008, thoroughly dissected these conspiracies. In its report, it was stated that no claim under investigation was determined to have contributed to the disaster.
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