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Diana feared assassination over anti-landmine campaign

Diana 'believed she would be bumped off'

Diana, Princess of Wales believed she was going to be "bumped off" by MI6 because of her high profile campaign against landmines, the inquest into her death has been told.

[The biggest and most economically important industry in the UK is 'defense' -- the arms industry. The British government, military and intelligence services form integral part of this industry, and the regime controls and subsidises it (the military-industrial complex).]

Her friend Simone Simmons said the Princess was about to "name names" and publish a dossier called Profiting Out of Misery.

"Top of her list of culprits was the Secret Intelligence Service which she believed was behind the sale of British landmines that were causing so much misery to so many people," Miss Simmons said.

On one occasion the Princess sent her a note which said: "If something happens, MI5 or MI6 will have done it."

[Diana had been feeling "shaken" since the breaks failed in her car, although fortunately on this occasion nobody was injured. Most drivers never experience brake failure. Diana's luck was unusually bad, especially for somebody with access to the best cars,, the best mechanical servicing, and the best drivers that money can buy.]

Miss Simmons said the Princess gave her the landmines dossier, which was up to six inches thick, and she kept it for several months under her mattress along with the note.

Later, she burned them. She said: "I was more than nervous. If I had the material, I might have been bumped off as well."

At Kensington Palace in February 1997, the Princess asked her to listen into a phone call she was on in which she was threatened over the landmine campaign, Miss Simmons said.

"This person was saying to her that she shouldn't interfere in matters she knew nothing about," she said.

The caller told the Princess "Well accidents can happen" and she was "very pale" after the conversation.

Miss Simmons said the Princess told her the caller was Conservative MP Nicholas Soames.

Mr Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, has previously told the inquest that the suggestion was "grotesque and preposterous".

According to Miss Simmons, the Princess had secret meetings with Tony Blair in the months before he became Prime Minister about becoming a roving ambassador in relation to landmines.

"That's what he promised her and she thought he was going to announce it when he was elected.

"She was very disappointed," Miss Simmons said.

The testimony of Miss Simmons, who describes herself as an "energy healer", provided an insight into the world of the Princess, including her belief in alternative therapies.

From 1993 she went to Miss Simmons up to three times a week at a complementary medicine clinic.

They later became friends and she would go to Kensington Palace up to five times a week and was teaching the Princess how to be a healer herself, Miss Simmons said.

The Princess's flat had "bad energy" which Miss Simmons had to clear it of in an "exhausting" procedure.

The two women once spent 10 hours on a single phone call to each other, the inquest heard.

"We talked about everything and if she was upset I would calm her down reassure her," Miss Simmons said.

"I believed her calls were being listened to and every time there was a click on the phone she used to say 'hello boys, time to change the tape'."

In November 1996 she had a premonition the Princess would be one of four people in an accident in a Mercedes.

When she told the Princess, she replied: "Oh my God, Charles".

The inquest also heard about an "Arab conspiracy".

Miss Simmons said: "She wasn't paranoid, somebody had told her there was a fatwa on her head because the Arabs liked Charles."

The inquest continues.

Daily Telegraph, "Diana 'believed she would be bumped off'", 13 January 2008.



SMH, "Diana inquest told of cruel letters", 11 January 2008.
    Diana had been deeply shaken by a brake failure in her car, Simmons said, though it proved [appeared] to be due to wear and tear rather than sabotage.
    Following that incident, Simmons said she received a note from Diana that said, in effect: "If something happens, MI5/6 will have done it" - a reference to the British intelligence agencies.
    "She was terrified that somebody was going to bump her off, and she always said she would never make old bones," Simmons said, adding that she burned the note after Diana died.
    "I believed if they could bump Diana off, they could bump anybody off, and I value my life," Simmons said.

BBC News, "Head to head: 'Why the defence industry is vital'", 9 September 2003.
    Europe's largest arms fair is taking place in London over four days. Below, a representative of the industry sets out why he thinks it's so important to the UK.
    Major General Alan Sharman, director general of the Defence Manufacturer's Association:
    Why do we need a defence industry? The fundamental raison d'etre is one of national security, to ensure we keep our own armed forces supplied with materials and services.
    So today, the UK has the world's second largest defence industry (as a percentage of GDP) employing some 345,000 people.
    That's a significant proportion of the UK's total manufacturing workforce and output.
    Half of all aerospace and shipbuilding jobs in the UK are defence jobs. Some 40% of the electronics industry is also part of the defence industry.
    What's more, these figures don't take into account additional jobs dependent on defence spending. According to one calculation by Janes Information Group, that could be as many 1.5m jobs.
    But this is also a highly diverse industry.
    The UK's defence industry goes from aircraft, warships and armoured fighting vehicles, through communications, radars, propulsion, munitions [including land-mines and cluster-bombs] and support services, to basic equipment such as clothing and on to financial and support activities.
    But most importantly, the defence industry is one of our great success stories because approximately 40% of its output goes to export, some 4.1bn in 2001.
    We currently hold a fifth of the world defence market, placing us second only to the United States.

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