Dr. Shelley Aley
GWRTC 103 Section 1
The Mysterious Death of Princess Diana
Conspiracy theories are naturally created because of doubt. Conspiracy theories resemble Russian nesting dolls. The event or phenomenon is just like the innermost nesting doll, once people start questioning the theory the doll gets bigger and bigger with other possible conspiracies. Making it harder for people to believe the story the media tells first. Most people naturally believe conspiracy theories because it is easier to believe that people are corrupt than to believe things just happen without reason. People are right to question events that happen, but to what extent? Sometimes terrible incidents happen and no one is to blame, but people can’t stand not having all the information. It is easy for individuals to feel out of loop, causing them to come up with their own concepts of what may have happened. When people start questioning certain events it leads to other web filled stories about other possible reasons for the event. These questions then lead to what we call conspiracy theories.
A conspiracy theory is defined as, a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event. People come up with outrageous ideas all the time; many are tossed to the side when easily proven untrue by scientific evidence. However, some notions are concocted so precisely and detailed that millions of people easily believe them to be true. Nowadays, people question new events and phenomenons’ because past conspiracy theories have been proven true. When people believe in one conspiracy they are more likely to believe other ones as well.
One of the world’s most controversial conspiracy theories to this day is the death of Princess Diana. Since August 31, 1997 many have wondered why Princess Diana’s life ended so suddenly. The official report found that she died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. It was also found that her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, the driver of the car, Henri Paul, also died during the accident. However, the only survivor mysteriously was the bodyguard of Princess Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones. The initial blame was set on the paparazzi, but later discovered they were some distance away from the car when it actually crashed. In 1999, a French judicial investigation found that the crash was actually caused by the driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul, who had been intoxicated while driving at high speed. Still, to this day, many people have unanswered questions about who was to blame for the death of Princess Diana of Wales. Many people simply don’t believe it was an accident. It’s hard for people to believe such an extraordinary women could die from such an ordinary death.
Since February 1998, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi’s father, along with millions of other people believes that the crash was a result of a conspiracy. Multiple conspiracy ideas have come to light since the death of Princess Diana including theories that involved her relationship with Dodi Fayed, her suspicious transportation to the hospital after the crash, a possible report of a bright flash, and the alleged pregnancy. The most prominent theory, believed by Mohamed Al-Fayed, claimed the crash was arranged by M16 on behalf of the Royal Family. Other theories consist of the belief that the Royal Family would have a great deal to gain by getting rid of Diana because they would never accept a Muslim as the step father to the future king. All of these conspiracies have never been proven to be true but are still talked about today.
Much speculation was made about Princess Diana and Dodi’s relationship. Rumors circled that Diana was pregnant with Dodi Fayed’s child and talk of getting engaged were in the near future. Motive for murdering Princess Diana included the idea that a non-Christian in the British Royal Family would never be...
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