Lady Diana died age 36 on 31 August 1997 as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Dodi Al-Fayed, and the driver Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (who also worked for the Al-Fayed family) was the only survivor. The media immediately blamed the paparazzi for following the car, even though not many pictures were ever released of the final route. An 18-month French judicial investigation found that the crash was caused by driver Henry Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk. Paul was the deputy head of security at the Hôtel Ritz. They had tried to avoid the paparazzi, by having their regular driver leave earlier in another vehicle as a decoy. The Ritz Hotel is owned by Al-Fayed’s father, so Henri Paul also worked for him.
Tony Blair let us know how he had to discuss it with the Queen, as the royal family were not openly responding too much, when Diana had the accident in 1997. We do not know why. All I can say is how the royal family in the Netherlands also did not respond publicly towards the Van Gogh family when Theo van Gogh was attacked, nor with Pim Fortuyn.
ps. Why did they need to trick the paparazzi with a second car, when all they were planning to do was drive home to an apartment, where most paparazzi would suspect they would stay anyway? In movies celebrities do this often, but in real life, only when necessary?