Princess Diana‘s injury shouldn’t have killed her, UK’s top forensic pathologist argues in a new book.
Dr. Richard Shepherd, who investigated the death of the Princess of Wales, says 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 writes in a new book, extracted in The Daily Mail Sunday.
“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.”
Injuries the royal mom of two sustained in the 1997 car crash in a Paris tunnel proved to be fatal.
But one thing that could have really saved her was totally within her control, Shepherd argues.
“If only she had been wearing a seat belt,” he writes. “Had she been restrained, she would have probably appeared in public two days later with a black eye, perhaps a little breathless from the fractured ribs and with a broken arm in a sling.”