On June 18, 2021, the Daily Mail published new details learned from Lord John Stevens, the former chief of the Metropolitan police and one the U.K.’s top experts on Princess Diana’s death. Stevens led a three-year probe in the 2000s, “Operation Paget,” into her final days leading up to the crash. The probe uncovered a startling letter from 1995, written from Diana to her butler, Paul Burrell, in which Diana wrote that she thought that her ex-husband, Prince Charles, was allegedly planning to kill her.
Per The Guardian, Diana wrote: “This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. My husband is planning an accident in my car. Brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy [Legge-Bourke, Princes William and Harry’s former nanny].”
The letter’s authenticity and Burrell’s reliability have come into question over the years, but Stevens told the Daily Mail that he believed the note was indeed written by Diana — and it was enough to prompt him to question Prince Charles about it, an occurrence that wasn’t public knowledge until now.