A new Discovery + docuseries focusing on the French and British investigations into the death of Princess Diana in August 1997 has revealed a whopping new insight into Lady Di’s clairvoyance.
In The Diana Investigations, the series reveals that in 1995, while in conversation with her attorney Victor Mishcon, she told him that “reliable sources” had informed her that efforts were underway to “get rid of her” by the powers that be, citing one method being a car crash. Mishcon took a contemporaneous note of their meeting, and the newly-unearthed note has been dubbed the “Mishcon Note.”
Refusing to disclose to her attorney who had provided the intel, she told him the goal was to injure her into an “unbalanced” state by way of a car crash where brake failure was involved.
The unearthing of the note is interesting, as Mishcon handed it over to the Metropolitan Police commissioner at the time of the crash as a piece of evidence, but the investigation into the circumstances of her fatal 1997 crash in a Paris tunnel that took her life, her partner’s Dodi Al-Fayed, and their driver Henri Paul, didn’t begin until 2004, a full seven years later.
The new police commissioner then retrieved the note from a safe full of sealed evidence from his predecessor, and the findings shocked the detectives, and families involved.
“The most important thing about that report, and the wait-a-minute moment, light shining through the darkness suddenly, was the Mishcon Note,” attorney Michael Mansfield, who represented Al-Fayed’s father, says in the docuseries. “The note had been put in a safe at the New Scotland Yard.”
In the docuseries, it is also noted that Lady Di had previously written a similar note that she handed to her butler, Paul Burrell, which he published in his 2003 memoir A Royal Duty.
“I am sitting here at my desk today in October longing for someone to hug me and encourage me to keep strong and hold my head high,” she wrote him. “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.”
Tiggy refers to Prince Charles’ secretary - an idea of their affair, which proved to be baseless, was fabricated by Martin Bashir in order to secure the infamous Panorama interview with the late royal. Bashir was forced to apologize to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, for the scandal, and the BBC had to pay Prince Charles’ secretary damages.
Burrell says in the docuseries that he, like Mishcon himself, had misgivings about Diana’s assertions, feeling that perhaps she was paranoid.
“When she brought me that note, the princess was going through a very tricky part of her life, and so she wasn’t stable and her feelings were erratic,” he says.
In 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told Oprah in their infamous interview that they were concerned that “history might repeat itself” with Meghan, seemingly implying that they thought Markle might be hounded to death while photographers watch. He also pointed out the additional factor her race would be in such a situation.
“What I saw was history repeated itself,” he said of the time right before they stepped back from their royal duties. “But then you add race in and then social media in. I’m talking about my mother. The biggest turning point for me – [I knew] me having a girlfriend was going to be a thing. I hadn’t thought about the mixed-race thing. I spent many years doing the work and my own learning. It doesn’t take very long to suddenly become aware of [unconscious bias].”
Diana and Dodi’s death was ruled out to be part of a conspiracy officially, but nonetheless this documentary dives deep into a range of possibilities.