"I've got to have a place where I can find peace of mind." -Diana(8)
On the night of August 30, 1997, Diana, along with Dodi al-Fayed, was driving in the Place de l'Alma underpass in central Paris. She was taken to the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital and underwent two hours of emergency surgery. She was declared dead at 3 a.m. BST on the 31st. The funeral was held on Saturday September 6, 1997 in Westminster Abbey. In recognition of her charity work, representatives of the charities she was involved in walked behind her coffin with her family from St. James' Palace to Westminster Abbey (4).
It was Prince William's idea for Elton John to sing at her funeral (7). Although Diana and her brother, now the ninth Earl Spencer, didn't get along very well toward the end of her life, Diana was buried in sanctified ground on an island on the family estate at Althorp. She remains on an island in the center of an ornamental lake (4).
Many conspiracy theories exist revolving around Princess Diana's death. None have ever been solidly proven, but many statements suggest a possible assassination, not just an accident. Many believe Prince Charles would have gained from Diana's death. It would make it easier for him to marry Camilla Parker Bowles. In October 1996, Diana said, "My husband is planning an accident in my car - break failure and serious injury - in order to make the path clear for him to marry." Hewitt, Diana's former lover, said in a television documentary he was warned off by people connected to the Royal family and he would "come to a bad end" if he didn't break it off with Diana. Former M16 agent Richard Tomlinson claimed in his book, "The Big Breach," that Diana was followed everywhere. Some evidence suggests Diana was planning to marry Dodi al-Fayed. Dodi's father, Mohammed, has been refused UK citizenship many times (9).
One can say for certain the Royal family had clear motive to eliminate Diana. Beyond that, much is left up to speculation. Whether or not Diana was assassinated remains simply a theory. There is not sufficient evidence still eight years following her death to point the blame on any individual. Diana will always be remembered for her warm heart and eternal beauty.
In the words of Elton John, "Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will."