From: STAR September 4, 2001
by David Hayes
Prince William made an amazing vow at his beloved mother’s graveside on the eve of the fourth anniversary of her death: “I know you were murdered and I won’t rest until your killers are brought to justice.”
He made his pledges as he knelt by Princess Diana’s shrine at Althorp where she is buried on a tiny isle in a lake. William has been to the burial site many times with his brother Harry. But this time he went alone for a special reason to make the solemn promise.
“I must do it for her,” the handsome prince told close friends. “I intend to prove once and for all that the crash was no accident.”
William, 19, has never been able to shake off his suspicions about what really happened that terrible night in Paris in August, 1997. And now he is so convinced Diana and her lover, Dodi al Fayed, were murdered that he has enlisted the help of a retired investigator from Britain’s elite MI5 spy agency to unravel the deadly plot.
“For my own peace of mind I will go to any lengths necessary to get at the truth,” he told his friend. “I owe it to Mum. There are too many questions that remain unanswered and too many reasons why some people would want my mother and Dodi out of the way.”
Diana and Dodi died when their Mercedes smashed into a tunnel wall at high speed. The official French inquiry blamed the tragedy on drunk chauffeur, Henri Paul.
But Wills is convinced the truth is more sinister. He believes his mother could have been assassinated because: Reports said she was planning to marry Dodi, who was a Muslin. This outraged shadowy figures within the British establishment.
According to a new book, Diana’s Boys, by Christopher Andersen, the young prince even asked his father if Diana’s death was not an accident. “Charles assured him there was not a shred of evidence to the stories.”
Author Andersen says William demanded to know all the gruesome details of the so-called accident. And ever since, he has been “haunted by a recurring nightmare in which he witnessed the horrific crash.”
One detail that bothered him was that Diana always wore a seatbelt and was obsessive about the boys wearing them too. Andersen says William couldn’t understand why she wasn’t wearing a belt that night. Royal insiders say those suspicions gradually crystalized into “an unshakable belief” that his mum had been murdered.
“William knows that the only way to end his nightmares was to get to the truth,” adds a source close to the prince. “He scours the Internet and reads everything about the case.”
Finally, he learned of the former MI5 agent through one of his palace bodyguards. The agent had access to the most sensitive secrets and he never bought the theory that Diana’s death was an accident. Once he knew the future king was serious, the agent agreed to a meeting.
“The MI5 man backed up William’s belief that his mother was murdered,” reveals a royal insider. “They’ve since spent hours turning over every shred of evidence.”
“Now that he has an experienced ally, William is determined to prove there was a cover-up. Money is no object as both Wills and Harry inherited $11.5 million from Diana’s estate.”
He has also told his closest confidants that his investigation is more urgent than ever now that the queen has given Prince Charles permission to marry Camilla Parker Bowles.
Wills told friends: “With all the hullabaloo that will go with father’s wedding, I fear that Mum will be overshadowed and become a distant memory. I want her killers found and brought to justice. I won’t let her be forgotten.”
The prince has an unlikely ally in Mohamed Al Fayed, who owns Harrods department store in London, and who is hated by the British establishment. Al Fayed has always believed his son and Diana were murdered, and has even blamed British and American agents. Andersen’s book adds fuel to the fire by revealing that the CIA, FBI and MI5 had all been investigating Diana.
Al Fayed tells the STAR: “I welcome any investigation which will get at the truth. The whole thing has been a cover-up from start to finish.”
A royal source says, “William knows they make strange bedfellows, but he has grudging respect for Al Fayed.” Wills says, “At least, like me, he wants something done.”
Meanwhile, Prince William says he has already received a sign that he is right to pursue his investigation. After making his graveside pledge, he told a friend: “I felt my mother willing me on to do it.”
NOTE: September 11, 2001 was exactly a week after this article appeared in the STAR.