TWENTY five have passed since Princess Diana’s unexpected death, and her previous bodyguard Lee Sansum proves that the nation is still haunted to this day.
In an exclusive interview with the Sun, Lee (more familiarly known as Rambo, coined by Diana herself) reveals that his fellow security guards drew straws to accompany bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones on the night of Diana’s death, and he lost.
The plot thickened when Sansum admitted that Diana had opened up to him regarding her fears of assassination, adding fuel to the fire for anti-royalists who have been saying the royal family was to blame for the past two decades.
“When I learned they were not wearing seatbelts in the crash I understood why they didn’t survive. That shouldn’t have happened. It was standard practice for the family to wear seatbelts. It was an order sent down from the boss, Dodi’s dad Mohamed Fayed. Dodi, in particular, hated wearing seatbelts and I always insisted on it,” Lee explains to The Sun.
Lee has worked with an assortment of big names such as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Sylvester Stallone, and is no newcomer to the trials and tribulations that those in the public eye such as Diana have to face.
During what should’ve been a relaxing holiday for Diana, Lee recalls how she would wake up at 7 am every day to chat to him.
“I had seen her in tears too when she learned of the murder of her friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace. She confided in me her fears that she might one day be assassinated. She asked if I thought his murder outside his home was a professional killing. I thought it was. Then she said something that always stayed with me — ‘Do you think they’ll do that to me?’ She was shaking and it was clear from her tone that she really thought that they might, whoever ‘they’ might be”
He went on to talk about how he signed up to join Diana and Dodi in America, which Diana longed for to get away from the increasingly stressful state of her marriage and tensions within the royal family.
Lee also spoke fondly of Diana’s sons William and Harry, who remind him of their mother with their down-to-earth nature, as well as drawing parallels between Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, and her decision to move to the US being influenced by Lady Di.
The previous security guard led a fascinating life that went beyond the world of celebrities and princesses- he also served in the Military Police and worked undercover for the Forces in Northern Ireland during the peak of turbulence in Somalia and Libya.
Although Lee made it clear in specifying that he does not believe that Diana was murdered by the royal family, he did allude to the presence of intelligence services following her weeks prior to the tragic event potentially being a factor.
One of Lee’s colleagues witnessed someone from the Special Reconnaissance Unit, working on a building site right near the Al-Fayed home in Surrey before they went to St Tropez.
Lee said: “We were generally followed by MI5 but this was the first time we had seen a Special Forces guy. We thought, ‘They’ve upped their game.”
“A witness driving a car travelling in front of the Mercedes in Paris on the night of the crash told the inquest that he saw a high-powered motorbike overtake the car just seconds before the crash.”
“Another witness travelling in the opposite direction saw a second motorbike swerve to avoid smoke and wreckage then carry on out of the tunnel without stopping. The riders of those bikes were never found — and that is no coincidence,” Lee remarks.
“I believe that security officers following Diana, possibly British or a combined British–French team, may have either inadvertently caused the crash or were in close proximity to the car when it happened. If it was known that MI6 operatives were right by the Mercedes at the critical moment, a lot of people would have blamed them for it, and that would have been a huge scandal,” reveals Lee, making readers around the nation question the nature of Diana’s eerie death 25 years on.
A royal insider revealed to Politicalite that regardless of speculation, there are some facts about Diana’s death that are set in stone.
One of them is the fact that her death was ruled “Unlawful Killing” by the Royal Inquest.
There is no other way to spin this, yet the press conveniently seemed to forget this decision over the years.
“Henri Paul was not drunk. In the film by Keith Allen “Unlawful Killing” there’s footage shown of the security cameras in the Ritz Bar.”
“They reveal Henri only had two Ricard. His blood sample labelled “drunk” had to have been of another individual in the morgue.”
“Henri was also not driving his regular limo. The limo he did drive was sideswiped by a white Fiat Uno driving at high speed, the details of which were reported in the Daily Mail. Later the driver of that car they wrote was identified and later found dead in the South of France. In addition, the paparazzi were very far behind the limo and Fiat Uno, as they were on scooters that were too slow to keep up,” the royal insider tells Politicalite.
In addition to these shocking revelations, it was also confirmed that Diana was not driven in an ambulance to the nearest hospital- but instead took hours to get to the hospital that was further away from the accident.
Witnesses saw the ambulance parked en route, which leads to further suspicions regarding the nature and motives behind the crash.
25 years on, people are still coming forward with new information and insight into Diana’s death, showing us there may very well be more to what meets the eye.