Princess Diana's death could have led to a murder inquiry had Scotland Yard not failed to disclose to French detectives the existence of a note in which she had herself predicted that she would be killed, says a top lawyer.
Michael Mansfield has revealed that Diana's divorce lawyer Lord Mishcon wrote the note after a conversation with her in 1995. According to him, Diana told Mishcon that she believed that she might be killed, in a staged road accident.
"Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car such as a pre-prepared brake failure or whatever)... at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced," the Daily Express quoted the note as reading.
Mansfield believes that French police would have been "obliged" to investigate whether the 1997 car crash that claimed Diana's life was part of a scheme of murder, had they been made aware of the note. He says that British police instead allowed the note to become public knowledge long after the French inquiry had wound down.
"The point is that there was information suggesting that she thought somebody was going to kill her in an accident or a car crash or something. Obviously if a police force anywhere in the world gets information like that, while you don't automatically assume that it is correct, you obviously have to investigate. "It might have come to a dead-end, but it might have come to a murder inquiry," he added.