Le Van Thanh, the man who allegedly clipped Princess Diana's car with his Fiat Uno moments before her fatal car crash, was reportedly ordered by French authorities not to say anything about his involvement.
The tragic death of Diana and her partner, Dodi Fayed, remains one of the most talked-about mysteries. Twenty-two years later, a podcast team is uncovering new details and asking that investigation be reopened into the case.
Portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the Lawn Tennis Championships on July 9, 1995 at Wimbledon in London | Photo: Getty Images
Colin McLaren, a former homicide detective, recently tracked down Thanh in France, documenting his journey in the podcast "Fatal Voyage Presents Diana: Case Solved."
That surprising bit of information was also revealed during the inquest when a friend revealed Diana's remarks.
McLaren traveled to Paris with investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Aaron Tinney and a photographer named Pierre. The team located Thanh at his home and discuss the events of that fateful night.
On August 31, 1997, Diana died after her Mercedes hit a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. It was alleged that Thanh's white Fiat Uno vehicle clipped the car of the people's princess moments before.
According to Howard via US Weekly, a conspiracy of silence is in play as French authorities allegedly instructed Thanh "not to say anything." The investigating team demanded a new inquest be opened into Diana’s death.
Daily Mail recently reported a similar finding as to the podcast team, claiming Thanh was indeed held back from helping the investigations by French authorities.
"I know they will come. Several times they told me they would come back," Thanh reportedly said, referring to British investigators. "They wanted me to go to England. You know what the French police told me? 'It's not the same law as in France, don't go there. Don't go there.'"
The latest development has resulted in increased calls for the investigation into Diana's death to be reopened. Former BBC royal correspondent Michael Cole is one of those leading voices.
At the time of her death, Diana was divorced from Prince Charles with whom she shared two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The British beauty was dating Dodi, the millionaire son of Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed.
According to the Mirror, while neither Diana nor Dodi confirmed their relationship, secret love letters unearthed during an inquest into her death in 2007 revealed otherwise.
"Darling Dodi, Heaven knows where on earth I begin to thank you for the most magical six days on the ocean waves," Diana wrote via the outlet in a letter dated three weeks before their deaths.
The Mirror even published pictures of a dancing Diana during a yacht trip with Dodi and her young sons. "A million heartfelt thanks for bringing such joy into this particular chick's life, from Diana xx," she ended the letter.
While Diana seemed to have been head-over-heels in love with Dodi, she didn't seem to be considering marriage. That surprising bit of information was also revealed during the inquest when a friend revealed Diana's remarks.
"'I would need marriage like a rash on my face,'" Lady Annabel Goldsmith recalled her late friend saying. "I took it to mean that she was not serious about marriage to Dodi."
Sadly, Dodi appeared to have purchased an engagement ring just a day before the accident that claimed their lives. In any case, it seems both Diana and Dodi loved each other fiercely until death.
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