Princess Diana foretold her own violent death two years before the Paris car crash, the inquest heard today.
At a meeting in October 1995 with her divorce solicitors she set out her fears which were recorded in what has become known as the “Mischon Note”.
The late Lord Mischon, then a senior figure in law firm Mischon De Reya, made notes of the meeting attended by the Princess and solicitors Maggie Rae and Sandra Davies.
Diana told him: “The Queen would abdicate by the next April, she (Diana) would be involved in a car
accident which would at the very least render her so ‘injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced,’
there was a conspiracy to put aside the Princess and the then Camilla Parker Bowles and royal nanny
Tiggy Legge Bourke had had an abortion and she (Diana) would shortly have a document to prove it.”
Lord Mischon recorded in his note that he personally did not believe her life was in danger.
He warned the Princess that if she was in fear she should take extra security measures, particularly in
relation to any car she got into. But the lawyer was surprised that Diana’s private secretary Patrick
Jephson “half believed” she was right. Two weeks after the Paris car crash in which Diana and Dodi
Fayed were killed with driver Henri Paul, Lord Mischon took his notes to then Met Commissioner Lord
Condon and they both agreed that confidentiality should be maintained.
Police and lawyers only passed the Mischon Note to royal coroner Michael Burgess when details were
revealed of Diana’s similar fears by her former butler Paul Burrell in 2003. Solicitor Sandra Davis, from
Mishcon De Reya, who represented the Princess during her divorce from Prince Charles, said Diana told
her on more than one occasion that she thought “they” were going to kill her. When asked by Michael
Mansfield QC if Diana ever told her who “they” were, she replied: “No”. Miss Davis said Diana told her
she had somebody “on the inside” who was giving her the information. When asked if the Princess
was “deadly serious” about her fears, Miss Davis said: “She was.” Miss Davis said that when she heard of Diana’s death, her mind “jumped” to what was said at thatmeeting on 30 October 1995, when Diana had expressed her fears for her life.
She also confirmed Lord Mishcon, her former boss, was sufficiently concerned that he took the so-called “Mishcon note” to police immediately after Diana’s crash in Paris.