August 19th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Scotland Yard "Scoping" New Information about Princess Diana’s Death

Disturbing new information about Princess Diana’s death is now reviving conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around the 1997 crash that killed her.

The shocking new allegation claims British special forces were behind the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

“Scotland Yard says this is the first time since that exhaustive inquest into the death of Princess Diana concluded in 2008 that they are assessing new information, which has sent the British press and social media buzzing,” CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

“It's the latest conspiracy theory about Diana's death, coming almost 16 years after that horrific middle-of-the-night car crash, a high speed paparazzi chase through a tunnel in Paris, with a deadly end.”

Scotland Yard released a statement saying it is "scoping" the new information, "assessing its relevance and credibility".

“According to British Newspaper, the Sunday People, the claim surfaced in a seven page letter, written by the estranged in-laws of an unidentified special forces sniper,” McLaughlin reports.

“In the handwritten letter they allege their former son-in-law boasted that the British SAS was behind the deaths.”

The new claims fuel the obsession many have with Princess Diana.

“People don't want to believe that someone as loved as Princess Diana can just die in a road accident,” Royal Analyst Mark Saunders says.

“It just isn't enough. They want more.”

But Scotland Yard’s exhaustive investigation into the tragic car crash had concluded that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed by the gross negligence of their driver and of the paparazzi chasing them that night.

And Scotland Yard has made it clear, for the moment the new claims will not reopen that investigation.

“Buckingham Palace is not commenting,” McLaughlin reports, but those who know the royal family have been quick to dismiss the claim.”

Just one of many conspiracy theories, “I don't think people are taking it hugely seriously,” says CNN Royal Commentator Katie Nicholl.

Just days away before the 16th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Nicholl says the timing of the claim needs to be taken into consideration.

“Was this sort of leaked deliberately because of the timing?” Nicholl asks. “One does wonder.”

Princes William and Harry have said in the past that such conspiracy theories are hurtful to them to hear.

“I think they just want their mother's memory left in peace, but it just seems that that cannot happen,” Nicholl says.

“There is too much interest in her, even today.”

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