Was there anything Princess Di couldn’t do?

According to “The Diana Investigations,” a new docuseries streaming on Discovery+, even clairvoyance was within her realm, the Daily Beast reported on Wednesday.

The new investigation revealed that Princess Diana told her lawyer, Victor Mischon, in 1995 that efforts to “get rid” of her would be attempted in the following year — citing a car accident as one of the possible means.

While Diana claimed “reliable sources” granted her the information, she was tight-lipped about their true identity, as documented in a letter penned by Mischon.

Dubbed the “Mischon Note,” the conversation provided eerie insight into what could have led to that fateful night, Aug. 31, 1997, when her driver Henri Paul crashed inside Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel, killing the 36-year-old royal.

With a concoction of prescription drugs and alcohol in his system, and speeding at 65 mph, Paul attempted to ditch paparazzi on motorbikes, and instead sent the Mercedes carrying Princess Diana and her partner Dodi Al-Fayed into a pillar.

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Princess Diana was paranoid her ex-husband Prince Charlies was plotting to “get rid” of her.
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Following the crash, Mischon gave the note to Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan Police commissioner at the time, but a formal inquiry into the princess’ death didn’t begin until Jan. 6, 2004.

Called Operation Paget, the then-Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Stevens launched the investigation, unearthing the startling note from a safe kept by Condon.

Stevens interviewed Mischon prior to the attorney’s death in 2005, confirming that Mischon “hadn’t held much credence” to the princess’ concerns. In fact, he thought “she was paranoid.”

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Princess Diana’s driver Henri Paul was attempting to flee paparazzi when he crashed the car inside Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel.
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Another letter, allegedly penned by Princess Diana and later published by her butler Paul Burrell, also harped on her paranoia.
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When the findings of Operation Paget were revealed in December 2006 — all 832 pages — attorney Michael Mansfield, who represented Al-Fayed’s father, called the note the “most important thing about that report,” saying it was a “wait-a-minute moment, light shining through the darkness suddenly,” according to the docuseries investigators.

In 2003, another mysterious letter, allegedly penned by Princess Diana and later published by her butler Paul Burrell, also harped on her concerns. Supposedly written in 1996, on the tail of her divorce from Prince Charles, the author called her life “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,” she reportedly wrote of Charles’ personal assistant — a rumor that eventually proved to be fabricated. BBC journalist Martin Bashir had apparently fed lies to the princess with falsified documents, which he also used to obtain an exclusive interview.

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The four-part “The Diana Investigations” docuseries on Discovery+ streams on Aug. 18.
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Despite Stevens’ efforts in the investigation of her death, he declared “with 100 percent certainty” that no one was concocting a plan to murder the princess, officially ruling the crash as a horrific accident.

The four-part Discovery+ docuseries begins streaming on Aug. 18, just weeks prior to the 25th anniversary of the princess’ death.

August is filled with fresh Princess Diana takes, since HBO Max dropped “The Princess,” a documentary about her early life, earlier this month.


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