The car crash that killed Princess Diana on on Aug, 31, 1997, was a tragedy that shocked the world. Multiple investigations ultimately attributed her “unlawful death” to the reckless driving of both her chauffeur, Henri Paul, who was ruled to be drunk at the time, and the paparazzi dangerously tailing her limousine.
The Mercedes in which Princess Diana was driven to her death was a dangerous 'rebuilt wreck' but concerns about its safety were ignored, French TV claimed last night.
One warning that the car was not fit to be on the road and 'didn't hold' if driven at more than 37mph came only two months before the fatal high-speed accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The Mercedes-Benz S280 pool car was provided by the Paris Ritz Hotel, owned by businessman Mohamed Fayed, whose son was Diana's lover Dodi Fayed. The car was owned by Etoile Limousines, which provided chauffeurs and cars to the Ritz.
Pascal Rostain, a Paris photographer, yesterday told a French radio station that the 'hugely dangerous' car had been stolen and driven into the ground earlier in the year.
'This Ritz car was a wreck. It had crashed before, and been rolled over several times,' he said. The car was ready to be broken up, but permission was then given to 're-make' it, the photographer claimed.