When the Queen heard that Princess Diana had been involved in a car crash, her immediate comment was, “Someone must have greased the brakes,” according to a new biography of Her Majesty.
The Queen made the off-the-cuff remark as messages of a car crash began to filter through from Paris to the Royal Family’s Scottish castle, Balmoral, on the morning of August 31, 1997, but before the severity of the accident was appreciated.
The Queen’s alleged words will revive long-standing rumours that Diana was murdered and that the Royal family were complicit in her death.
One oft-cited curiosity by Diana truthers is that the ambulance that took Diana to hospital did not have any communication with the hospital for the last 37 minutes of her life.
Allegations that her death was orchestrated were comprehensively discredited in an enquiry in the British courts, but continue to fascinate many Diana fans around the world.
The new revelation concernign the Queen's reaction is contained in a new book by Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine, and seasoned royal journalist.
In a serialisation carried in the Daily Mail today, Seward also reveals that in 1995, the Queen was so concerned at the endless criticism of her and her family that she became convinced, in May of that year, that the country would turn against the Royals during the 50th anniversary celebrations of VE Day.
Seward describes how, throughout the early morning of that day, she kept looking out of the window, to check whether her subjects were waiting to see her.
When she made her balcony appearance, the Mall was packed with cheering subjects.
“Her Majesty was thrilled,” a member of staff tells Seward. “When she went on to the balcony she remained stony-faced for fear of showing too much emotion. She was actually close to tears.”