This year it’s the ‘shocking revelation’ that some former in-laws of a former British soldier have sent documents to Scotland Yard, purporting that Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul, were killed in Paris in August 1997 – wait for it – by a British servicemen, possible a member of the SAS.
And naturally, in accordance with the rules of the silly season, Scotland Yard has announced that it is looking into the new ‘evidence’ very carefully and treating the whole matter seriously.
Still staying with the silly season: former Harrods owner, Mohamed al Fayed, who has been trying to prove for years that Diana and Dodi were murdered on the instructions of the British Royal Family, has announced that he will be watching the latest developments closely and expects the police to conduct a thorough investigation.
Conveniently, the new ‘sensational revelation’ comes less than two weeks’ before the 16th anniversary of the car crash in Paris in which Diana died. Which means that the Daily Express, the newspaper for morons which pretends to be a right-wing publication for some bizarre reason, can resume publishing front page stories about the new twists and turns in this whole sorry saga. (The Express has probably published more rubbish about Diana’s death than all the other papers taken together. If only its proprietor, Richard Desmond, sold both titles and went back to doing what he does bet – porn.)
The beauty of the current situation for the British newspapers is that they can basically write anything they want about the ‘new evidence’ about Diana’s death, as no one really knows what’s in it. But the idea that some renegade SAS soldier whacked Princes Diana and her boyfriend, or partner, as it is now more commonly said, guarantees at least some interest from the readers who no longer believe most of the things that hacks report and only go for the stories about celebs, of which Diana was one, especially after she lost her HRH title.
In case you are puzzled about why the mainstream media gets all excited about any hint that someone might have bumped off the ‘people’s princess’, let me fill you on it. The thing is, you see, that most organs of prints in the former Kingdom these days are very liberal minded, bordering on loony left actually, so the idea that somebody from the Royal Family might have put a contract on Princes Diana appeals to them in a big way. Because it is one thing having Diana dying in car crash and it’s a different story altogether if someone from the Palace had anything to do with it. Would show the monarchy, or rather what’s left of it, in a different light altogether.
So even when hacks know that this supposed new evidence about Diana’s death is total rubbish they still scream about it. Silly season or not.