The interview was part of Operation Paget, which launched in 2004 and investigated the various conspiracy theories surrounding Diana’s death.
Former head of Scotland Yard John Stevens revealed that he spoke to Prince Charles about a note that Princess Diana wrote in 1995 which read, “My husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury,” so that he could marry Tiggy Legge-Bourke, the nanny for Prince William and Prince Harry.
The former royal couple divorced a year later in 1996, not long before Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris.
The cryptic note from Princess Diana became public in 2003, and Prince Charles was then interviewed at St. James’s Palace as a witness two years into the investigation.
“Yes, allegations had been made about the Prince of Wales and other royals, but we had to find or examine the evidence before we approached him with formal questions,” Stevens revealed. “We found no other evidence to support the scenario suggested in Diana’s note.”
“We were left with the note, which in itself was not enough to make Charles a formal suspect,” he continued. “If he chose to assist Paget, he would be doing so voluntarily as a potential witness. We would not be interviewing him under caution.”
Stevens reportedly read the note to Prince Charles then asked him, “Why do you think the princess wrote this note, sir?”
The royal replied, “I did not know anything about [the note] until it was published in the media.”
“You didn’t discuss this note with her, sir?” Stevens asked. Charles replied, “No, I did not know it existed.”
The Prince of Wales was then asked, “Do you know why the princess had these feelings, sir?”; he responded with, “No, I don’t.”
“At the end of the day he was incredibly cooperative because he had nothing to hide,” Stevens told the Daily Mail.
While Prince Charles, now 72, cooperated with the investigation, his father, the late Prince Phillip was less agreeable. He declined to assist in the investigation and declined to comment on the allegations.