Princess Diana: The CHILLING measure Diana took – ‘under threat’
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Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, in hospital following a car accident in a Paris road tunnel. The Princess of Wales was travelling with her partner, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes Benz, Henri Paul, who were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The death of Diana, dubbed the ‘People’s Princess’, shook the world, and brought great sadness to the sons she left behind, Princes William and Harry.
But now, Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson has revealed the extraordinary measures the Princess of Wales took to keep herself safe.
Diana would always take a fridge full of her own blood abroad with her when she went away the Daily Star reports.
According to Mr Jephson, this was in case she suffered any medical problems – or in the event of an attack.
Mr Jephson explained he and the rest of the security team also had to have their blood types checked to see if they were a match, in case she would ever need it.
He claims the extreme measures were necessary as Princess Diana often found herself “under threat”.
Mr Jephson said: “Particularly when we were abroad or in the developing world, we would carry a little refrigerator full of spare supplies of Diana’s blood.”
The former private secretary continued: “That sure took the glamour out of it.
“Each of us were tested so the doctors knew which of us could give her blood if she ever needed it.
“Diana was quite often under the threat of physical danger.
“A part of the job that was easy to forget, and then you would get a sharp reminder.”
Mr Jephson worked with Princess Diana for almost ten years, from 1988 until 1996.
He said he saw firsthand the heartbreak Diana experience following her split from Prince Charles, and regrets she was not appreciated to her full potential.
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He said: “She was out there flying the flag for Britain and by any measure doing a great job for the monarchy, but received very little recognition let alone thanks for it at the time.
“She was a young single mother working hard and she had no supportive network.
“She had no proper mentoring, the organisation was overwhelmingly masculine even though there was a woman at the top of it.
“She really had her work cut up just surviving, let alone driving as a royal performer. I think they did underestimate her.”
Mr Jephson said Princess Diana was one of the monarchy’s greatest assets – contrary to the rebellious image she portrayed at times.
He added: “It’s a real shame they did not realise what an asset they had. Princess Diana was not a natural rebel, she was a natural monarchist.
“She should have been their greatest asset, but they just let that slip through their fingers.”
Princess Diana’s death left a huge mark on the world, with people coming to pay their respects from all over the world.
More than one million bouquets of flowers were left at her London home, Kensington Palace and members of the public were invited to sign a book of condolence at St James’ Palace.
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