A new book by royal biographer Ingrid Seward claims when the Queen made the remark after she initially heard news Diana had been injured in a crash
Family: Princess Diana’s relationship with the Queen is explored in a new book. Mirrorpix
Shocking claims in a new royal biography claim the Queen responded to reports of Princess Diana’s car crash in Paris by saying ‘someone must have greased the brakes’.
Diana was killed in the crash in August 1997 – triggering national mourning and some criticism of the Royal Family’s unemotional reaction to the tragedy.
A new book by royal biographer Ingrid Seward claims the Queen made the remark after she initially heard news Diana had been injured in a crash.
Seward wrote in the Daily Mail: “At first it was thought that, though the car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel was serious, Diana had not been killed.
Tragic: Diana at the Ritz Hotel hours before her death.
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“According to one witness present when the Queen heard the initial news, she mused out loud: ‘Someone must have greased the brakes.’
“That astonishing remark reveals something of the extraordinary and complex relationship between her and Diana.”
The book is also said to reveal the Queen’s initial fondness of Diana before the princess’ anxiousness resulted in their relationship becoming more cold.
Diana is also pictured alongside her new mother-in-law the Queen as she lets her hair down in Buckingham Palace but there appears to be little warmth between them.
Minutes earlier she wed Prince Charles in front of thousands of wellwishers at St Paul’s Cathedral, while millions watched on TV screens across the globe.
A dozen snaps that were left out of Charles and Diana’s wedding album will go up for sale at an American auction next month.
The pictures were taken by close relative Lord Lichfield, who was the only photographer allowed behind the scenes on the big day.
Unseen: New shots show Diana in the corridors of Buckingham Palace on her wedding day
Six of them show Princess Diana in her glorious wedding dress after the ceremony.
In two of the pictures, she is seen carrying her youngest bridesmaid, five-year-old Clementine Hambro, through the grand corridoors.
Royal wave: Princess Diana and Charles step outside
Other photographs show Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Princess Margaret and the Duke of York as well as a backstage pass invitation to the throne room.
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