Princess Diana would have ‘been at Harry’s wedding’ if she had worn a seatbelt – pathologist

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Princess Diana would have ‘been at Harry’s wedding’ if she had worn a seatbelt – pathologist

Princess Diana would have been present at Prince Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan Markle if she had worn a seatbelt the night she died in Paris, according to the pathologist who examined her body for an official inquiry into her tragic death.

As well as Princess Diana, he also performed procedures on the bodies of victims of 9 11 (Image GETTY)
As well as Princess Diana, he also performed procedures on the bodies of victims of 9 11 (Image GETTY)

Dr Richard Shepherd, who due to the nature of his job has suffered PTSD in the past, made the extraordinary claim after working on the People’s Princess case in the wake of her shock death in August 1997 – 21 years ago last month.

He believes that had the 36-year-old been strapped into the car she shared with driver Henri Paul and lover Dodi Fayad, 42, “she would have walked away with a black eye or maybe a broken arm, but nothing more”.

Dr Shepherd told the Daily Mail: “Instead, she was hurtling forward with the weight of one and a half elephants, and the human body is not designed to suffer those forces.”

The accident in a tunnel in the French capital killed the three of them, but Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived.

Diana would have been present at Prince Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan Markle if she had worn a sea (Image GETTY)
Diana would have been present at Prince Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan Markle if she had worn a sea (Image GETTY)

The doctor, who spoke to the Daily Mail, also left the question of whether the mother of Prince Harry, 33, and Prince William, 36, was pregnant at the time of the crash hanging in the air.

He said: “People asked: ‘Was she beautiful?’ ‘Was she peaceful?’ ‘Was she pregnant?

I always made sure I never said anything — in all the cases of public interest I was involved with — that hadn’t already appeared in the Press.

“Pathologically there was no evidence that Princess Diana was pregnant, but some women say they know they’re pregnant from the moment of conception. Was she one of those?”

He added: “I wish I could say she would have died whatever happened, but the fact is, if she had worn her seatbelt she would have been here for Prince William and Harry’s weddings.”

Prince Charles said his divorce from Diana was intolerable (Image GETTY)
Prince Charles said his divorce from Diana was intolerable (Image GETTY)

Dr Shepherd has performed more than 23,000 post-mortem operations in the most high-profile cases.

As well as Princess Diana, he also performed procedures on the bodies of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Hungerford Massacre and those killed by the 7/7 bombings.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK