A shockingly graphic photograph of a dying Princess Diana is to be screened for the first time in a documentary about her fatal crash. The picture was taken by one of the paparazzi photographers pursuing her vehicle at the time of her death in a fatal car crash in 1997.
The photograph features in a documentary, “Unlawful Killing,” which is to be shown as part of Cannes Film Festival this week. The documentary is supported by Mohammed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died along with Diana.
The public have never been given access to photographs of Princess Diana or any of the other occupants of the car as they lay dying. But this 90-minute film will include a graphic black and white close-up of Diana taken just moments after the Mercedes carrying Diana and Dodi along with her bodyguard who survived the crash, collided with a stone column in a Paris underpass.
In the photograph, which is bound to be distressing for some, Princess Diana’s blonde hair and famous face, can clearly been seen.
But the British will not get to see the documentary in their own country. Even similar pictures shown to the Diana inquest jury had her face heavily pixellated.
Diana’s fame and links with the British Royal Family have meant that her untimely death has been the subject of intense scrutiny and several conspiracy theories. An inquest was not held until a decade later. The jury there found that Princess Diana was unlawfully killed as a direct result of grossly negligent driving by drunk chauffeur Henri Paul, who also died in the crash.
The news that photographs of a dying Princess Diana have been included in this film have sparked outrage in Britain. Her friend, Rosa Monckton, who went on holiday with Diana a few weeks before she died, called it a blatant money-making exercise.
St. James’ Palace has declined to comment publicly but royal sources say Diana’s sons, William and Harry, would be sickened by the news.
The film is scheduled to be aired at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday and Mohammed Al Fayed is reportedly traveling to the south of France to help with the launch. He has often spoken publicly to blame the British Royal Family for killing Diana. He has variously accused Prince Philip and Prince Charles of masterminding a death plot to stop Diana marrying his Muslim son.
The film is expected to be released all around the world. But the only way UK citizens will see it is where the photograph of a dying Diana features in the movie trailer on the film’s official website.
Will you be trying to get a look or do you think that this is an inconsiderable money-grabbing flick?