Princess Diana crash pictures LEAKED online ahead of death anniversary

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    Sick photos of Princess Diana as she lay dying seconds after her horrifying car crash are available to see online.

    The graphic images – thought to have been removed from the internet years ago – show Diana slumped in the wrecked Mercedes moments after it ploughed into the Alma Tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997.

    Daily Star Online found the harrowing pictures on the web as the nation prepares to mark the 22nd anniversary of her tragic death.

    Close-ups show the blonde-haired Princess in the back seat of the crashed Merc after the roof had been removed.

    In the days following the crash, the foreign press caused outrage by publishing shocking final images of the dying Princess as her life ebbed away.

    One of the images ended up on the front page of newspapers in France including the French Soir edition on Friday, September 19, 1997 as well as in Hong Kong.

    Then nine years later, again near the anniversary of Diana’s death, an Italian magazine sparked fury by publishing a new picture of the Princess from the crash.

    The black and white image appeared in Chi magazine, showing Diana being given oxygen as she lay dying.

    It was headlined “world exclusive: The last photo”. Worldwide disgust surrounding use of the morbid images led publishers to abandon their use, fearing a backlash over bad taste.

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    Since then the internet had apparently been cleared of such gruesome pictures.

    But we stumbled on them this week during research into the continuing conspiracies and stories surrounding Diana's death.

    And what's worse, they appear to include faked images purportedly showing the dying Princess.

    In one of these apparently mocked up pictures, a closer look shows rescuers in the background were not wearing standard French emergency services gear.

    And a three-digit emergency phone number on a nearby vehicle reads “999”, which is a British number and not French.

    After the picture was first leaked, Paris police quickly refuted its authenticity, with a source saying: "This is not a picture of Princess Diana's accident. It's a fake."

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    And yet they remain in circulation.

    At the 2007 inquest into the crash, the jury was shown pixelated photos of Diana while she lay dying in her car, but Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker ruled they would not be released into the public domain.

    Photographers stood outside the car taking pictures and the police are thought to have seized the majority of the paparazzi negatives in the wake of the crash.

    Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, said was it was outrageous that anyone could still find the distressing imagery.

    "It is distasteful that such images purporting to show the body of Princess Diana exist on the internet," he told Daily Star Online.

    "Despite being so clearly fake, the images have the potential to cause distress to not just Diana’s friends, but also those who may unintentionally stumble across them.

    "As to why somebody would stage these photos, I have no idea. The tragic events in Paris might have occurred over two decades ago, but the memories are still raw for a lot of people."

    In 2007, Channel 4 sparked controversy when it aired a picture in its documentary “Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel”. In this image, Diana’s face was blocked out.

    That same year, Sky News then accidentally aired three such photos – this time showing Diana’s face – while it was screening a broadcast from US network CBS Evening News.

    The broadcaster was forced to issue an apology, saying: "We regret that this image was not highlighted by our pre-broadcast monitoring process and we are reviewing our internal processes as a result.

    "We apologise for any offence caused to viewers. The image has not been used on any other part of Sky News' output and we will not repeat the CBS bulletin."

    Diana had been sitting in the back seat of the Mercedes with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed when the crash happened.

    The couple were being escorted by driver Henri Paul as they left the Paris Ritz Hotel, and were trying to shake off a pack of paparazzi who were chasing them.

    But as their car entered the Alma Tunnel at 65mph it ploughed into the 13th concrete pillar, killing both Diana and Dodi.

    It later emerged their driver Henri had been drunk, with an inquest in London ruling Diana and Dodi had been “unlawful killed” by Paul’s “grossly negligent behaviour”.

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