Clyde Lewis: Why Conspiracy Theories Still Haunt Princess Diana
August 21, 2013, 1:32 pm
By: James Pilato
Producer, Ground Zero
NBC News is reporting that London police are investigating " information that has recently been received in relation to the death” of Princess Diana nearly 16 years ago. Scotland Yard is “assessing its relevance and credibility.”
But KXL’s Clyde Lewis, host of Ground Zero, says there have always been unanswered questions about the events of August 31, 1997.
“There have been many conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death and the media has latched on to this story again,” Clyde says. “But Scotland Yard has not actually reopened the case; they’re merely checking new revelations about her murder in order to determine if they are valid.”
As soon as these new headlines hit the front pages, they were attacked and even somewhat retracted. The Daily Beast is reporting that, “The former soldier who reportedly claimed that Princess Diana was murdered by the British military recently served a sentence for illegal arms possession.”
Clyde says that his “biggest problem with the latest story about Scotland Yard investigating the credibility of a political assassination is how the British media is dismissing it.”
CNN reports that Mark Saunders, author of the book ‘Diana and the Paparazzi,’ said: “That was one of the most intensive investigations ever carried out in this country. It's just not feasible that [the palace and the military] would have carried out such an act.”
But if these new reports are indeed “hogwash” and “utter nonsense,” then why would Scotland Yard even entertain the notion in the first place?
Lewis asks, “Does Scotland Yard secretly wonder if it was a politically or even a religiously motivated assassination?”
Now it is surely no accident that these stories surface around anniversaries Clyde says, and with a new Hollywood film starring Naomi Watts set to hit the silver screen, he can see that interest in this story has never wavered.
“It takes time for a lot of these things to come out,” says Lewis . “But with everything we know about political assassinations, why do some people still try to deny that conspiracies to kill political enemies happen in well-oiled democracies?”
Are we now seeing a new wave of politically-motivated assassinations? Perhaps we should ask Pervez Musharraf.