Princess Diana’s Injury Should Not Have Killed Her – Expert

© AP Photo / Ian WaldieDiana, Princess of Wales, sits and chats to members of a Zenica volleyball team who have suffered injuries from mines, during her visit Saturday, August 9, 1997. The team members play by sitting on the floor and moving about the court on their arms. Diana is on the second day of a visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, aimed at publicizing her campaign to ban land mines.
Diana, Princess of Wales, sits and chats to members of a Zenica volleyball team who have suffered injuries from mines, during her visit Saturday, August 9, 1997. The team members play by sitting on the floor and moving about the court on their arms. Diana is on the second day of a visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, aimed at publicizing her campaign to ban land mines. - Sputnik International
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Princess Diana‘s injury shouldn’t have killed her, UK’s top forensic pathologist argues in a new to be released book which includes a chapter about the investigation of Diana’s death.

Dr. Richard Shepherd, who investigated the death of the Princess of Wales in a car crash in Paris back in 1997, suggested that her “very tiny” injury — a tear in a vein — only caused her death because it was in the wrong place, hidden deep in her lung.

“Her specific injury is so rare that in my entire career I don’t believe I’ve seen another,” Shepherd said, according to an extract from the new book “Unnatural Causes” obtained by The Daily Mail Sunday.

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“Diana’s death is a classic example of the way we say, after almost every day: if only,” Shepherd continues. “If only she had hit the seat in the front at a slightly different angle. If only she had been thrown forward 10 mph more slowly.”

Diana, Princess of Wales, arrives for dinner in Washington in this Tuesday Sept. 24, 1996 - Sputnik International
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He claims that there was one thing that could have saved the princess – wearing a seatbelt.

“If only she had been wearing a seat belt. Had she been restrained, she would probably have appeared in public two days later with a black eye, perhaps a bit breathless from the fractured ribs and with a broken arm in a sling,” he wrote.

He also notes that there was a chance of her survival if she had been put in an ambulance immediately. However, he concludes, Diana’s death “was a tragic accident.”

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