Queen Elizabeth II reportedly claimed the brakes on Princess Diana’s car may have been “greased” upon hearing of her death following a crash in Paris in 1997.
“Someone must have greased the brakes,” the queen is said to have claimed immediately after receiving the news of her daughter-in-law’s accident on Aug. 31, 1997, according to a new biography by Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward.
Princess Diana, who had divorced the UK heir to the throne Prince Charles before her death, was traveling in Paris when her driver Henri Paul lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pillar at high speed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.
Although she had reportedly been alive after the crash, she was later pronounced to have died at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital.
At the time, it was believed paparazzi photographers had dazzled the driver with the flashes from their cameras. It was also considered that the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
However, an inquest was opened into her death in 2007 amid claims that she might have been the victim of an assassination plot. The inquest also investigated whether she was about to announce that she was engaged to her Egyptian lover, Dodi Fayed, and if she was carrying his child.
Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed had previously claimed both Diana and her son were murdered by the British Royal Family.
The biography, "The Queen's Speech: An Intimate Portrait Of The Queen In Her Own Words," is due to be released on Aug. 27 - ahead of the 18th anniversary of Diana’s death.