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Runs to Andrew
Australia Woman's Day
November 10, 1997
by John Cooke
She believes Diana
was murdered - and she's next on the list.
Fergie is living in fear, convinced princess
Diana was murdered, and she's next in line. Since
Diana's death, the internet has been running
hot with conspiracy theories about her fatal car crash.
Now as newspapers around
the world also report suspicions among senior officials that it was not
an accident, Fergie, who has had death threats,
has become certain she too is in danger.
those who might be responsible for Diana's death
- Arms traders, upset
by her campaign against landmines.
- Members of the
British Establishment who feared the mother of a future king
would marry Dodi al-Fayed,
- The spy agency
MI6, because of her links with the Egyptians
- Unknown assassins,
who attached a "blockbuster", a tiny remote-controlled bomb
to the engine of the crash car.
these theories confirm her own worst fears and with her personal astrologer
predicting her life could be in danger, she is now terrified.
"Astrology rules Fergie's
life," says a close friend. "She's running scared
because her stars predict her life will be in great danger in the next
to a Palace insider, "Fergie is in earnest
- she's in genuine fear. That's why she secretly asked for extra
security on her recent US visit." She's just one of many who
fear that Diana's death was not an accident.
They suspect that forces inside the security services have acted out of
misguided loyalty to the monarchy. "Fergie
knows she's not popular with powerful people. She and Diana
faced hostility from their enemies. Now she fears it has gone much
In fact, Fergie
has confided, "Diana always believed they'd
get her in the end. Now I'm next on the list."
According to the insider,
fear is behind Fergie's recent emotional letter
to Prince Charles, trying to make peace after
Diana's death, and her desperation for reconciliation
with Prince Andrew.
is very nervous now about going out alone. She even asked Andrew
to drive her home after her 38th birthday party. She feels nothing
will happen to her as long as she's with him."
knows returning to the Royal Family will mean
she can come under royal protection once again.
"But the last thing
the royals want is her back," the insider says. "That's
why courtiers leaked the letter, dismissing it as just the emotional ramblings
of a distraught and unstable woman."
and Dodi died, Arab newspapers claimed that
the pair had been assassinated when powerful forces in Britain found out
that Diana planned to become a Muslim, marry
Dodi and give royal heirs William
and Harry half-Arab Muslim brothers or sisters.
While UK officials dismiss
such theories, Dodi's father, Mohamed
al-Fayed, believes his own investigations have raised many
questions, especially over the mystery car which collided with Dodi's
Mercedes and then
Some senior figures in Britain
also believe Fergie is right to be fearful.
"They say accidents
like Diana's don't just happen", says Fergie's
friend. "Drunk or not, Henri Paul
had driven Dodi and other VIPs hundreds of times
without incident. Why should he crash just because Diana
was in the car?"
Even respected royal writer
and commentator Anthony Holden has added fuel
to the conspiracy flames.
"Some senior figures
- I've heard it in government circles - believe the crash was no accident."
He reveals. "No senior royal has ever died overseas, let
alone in a bizarre, unexplained accident.
"If the Queen
or her children had died in such circumstances, I suspect an official
British inquiry would have been inevitable. So why not for Diana?"
The royal protocol which
once stifled Fergie now seems like a protective
blanket she wants to share again.
"Her daughters Beatrice
and Eugenie warrant royal bodyguards, but Sarah
doesn't," says a friend. "Like many, she believes
Diana could still be alive if she had a highly
trained British police driver and bodyguard.
"She's taking extra
protection but she can't afford full-time bodyguards, and she knows that
if she remarries Andrew, she'll get permanent
police protection. She says she won't
be able to sleep until then."