dailymail.co.uk: A shocking paparazzi photograph of a dying Princess Diana is to be screened for the first time in a documentary about her fatal crash.
Unlawful Killing, which will be shown at Cannes this week, is backed by the actor Keith Allen and Mohammed Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Diana.
The 90-minute film will include a graphic black and white close-up of Diana taken moments after the Mercedes carrying the couple crashed in a Paris underpass.
The distressing image, Diana’s blonde hair and features clearly visible, has never been publicly seen in this country.
And how do you think the anticipation of this new film is going down?
News that Allen, father of pop star Lily, is using the full photograph outraged close friends of the late Princess of Wales.
Rosa Monckton, who went on holiday with Diana a few weeks before she died, said: ‘If this is true this is absolutely disgusting.
‘The fact people are trying to make money – which is all that they are doing now – out of her death is quite frankly … words fail me.’
A spokesman for St James’s Palace declined to comment but royal sources said Diana’s sons would be sickened by the news.
One said: ‘They rather hope people would treat this with the contempt it deserves.’
He suggested that William and Harry would not be drawn into commenting for fear of giving Allen the oxygen of publicity.
All of which suggests that since this woman’s death not all the tresses associated with her death have been completely healed, and furthermore there’s nothing more horendous than depicting your favorite ‘deity’ mortally disfigured- talk about destablizing our preferred collective memory.
Allen’s film is due to be screened amid a blaze of publicity at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday and Mr Fayed is reported to be travelling to the south of France to help with the launch.
In 2008, after a six-month inquest which heard evidence from 250 witnesses and cost taxpayers an estimated £12million, a jury concluded that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed as a direct result of grossly negligent driving by drunk chauffeur Henri Paul, who also died in the crash.
The actions of photographers following the car were also cited.
But the film isn’t simply a rehash of official findings, which is possibly what makes it even more regressive in the eyes of certain individuals:
Mr Fayed has accused Prince Philip of masterminding the 1997 crash in which Diana and Dodi died and even suggested that Prince Charles was involved.
He alleged the death plot took place to stop Diana marrying his Muslim son.
During the 2008 Diana inquest, the former Harrods owner described the royals as ‘that Dracula family’.
And then there’s this:
Allen, in a piece for the Guardian newspaper last weekend, said: ‘My “inquest of the inquest” film contains footage of Diana recalling how the royals wanted her consigned to a mental institution, and the coroner repeatedly questioning the sanity of anyone who wondered if the crash was more than an accident.’
He said he asked every major UK broadcaster to commission a TV documentary about the inquest but they all refused.
How ironical that this film is coming out on the back of the heir to the British throne catapulting the royal family to majestic heights, after being so long dormant, a seethed public entity, to once again be catapulted to in house brawling, allegation, castigation and the umbrage of a graphic portrayal of a nation’s collective martyr.