A forensic pathologist, who has performed over 23,000 post-mortems, said the fatal injury that caused Princess Diana’s death was tiny, it was just in the wrong place. Dr Richard Shepherd, who has examined evidence from 9/11 and 7/7 London terror attacks, comments on Diana’s death in his book, Unnatural Causes. According to Dr Shepherd, Diana “actually suffered just a few broken bones and a small chest injury, but this included a tiny tear in a vein in one of her lungs.”
He goes on to say: “In the ambulance, she gradually lost consciousness.
“When she suffered a cardiac arrest, every effort was made to resuscitate her and in hospital she went into surgery, where they did identify the problem and attempted to repair the vein.
“But, sadly, by then it was too late.”
He added: “Her specific injury is so rare that in my entire career I don’t believe I’ve seen another.”
Dr Shepherd, 65, re-examined the princess’s body for the official inquiry into her death two decades ago.
He claimed that Diana could have been saved had paramedics rushed her to hospital instead of assuming she was stable.
He added: “To the ambulance services, she initially seemed injured but stable, particularly as she was able to communicate.”
This is a claim supported by leading heart surgeon Christian Barnard who told the Sunday Telegraph, “My opinion is that they made a mistake not rushing her to hospital quicker because her bleeding could only be stopped by surgery.”
He added: “I understand they spent up to an hour at the scene of the accident.”
The Princess of Wales died after a road traffic accident in a Paris tunnel in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
Diana, 36, and her lover Dodi Al Fayed, 42, were killed when their Mercedes crashed in an underpass in the French capital.
The driver of the car Henri Paul and Mr Fayed died on the spot, while the princess died from her injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later.