What really happened the night Princess Diana's 'greatest love' died? 'Mystery car' driver reveals all!
Lady Diana, whilst still married to Prince Charles allegedly fell in love with Barry Mannakee, her bodyguard in 1985, who served her loyally and later, became Diana's "greatest love". It has been claimed that she even planned to leave the royal family and start a new life with him, but fate had other plans. Manakee died in a tragic motorbike accident in May 1987 just as he was returning home in Essex.
According to reports, Mannakee and his colleague, PC Steven Peat, were riding home on a motorbike. Just then, a 17-year-old beauty therapist Nicola Chopp left her home to meet a friend at a nearby pub. A Daily Telegraph article reported that she turned left into Hermitage Walk, an avenue which joins the A11 at right angles. Chopp later told the cops that at the junction she looked to the right and saw an estate car (the 'mystery car') approaching, signaling a left turn into Hermitage Walk.
Chopp waited for the estate car to turn, after which she drove onto the main road and turned right. At the same time, she saw a motorbike driving down the A11 at 35mph. She braked hard and the motorbike rider swerved, causing them both to fall off the bike. Although Peat survived the accident, Mannakee died almost instantly as he suffered spine injuries.
On the surface, Mannakee's death looks the result of an unfortunate car accident. But conspiracy theorists have claimed since 2004 that his death was orchestrated by the royal family and the police to prevent Diana leaving Charles and causing the family any embarassment. In fact, Diana herself said in a voice recording that she believed Manakee was "bumped off". Theories about the mystery car have resurfaced since then, and again after the Channel 4 documentary, Diana in her Own Words aired recently.
Now, the driver of the mystery car, a retired GP, has spoken out. His response to the conspiracy theories? It's laughable, he said. The retired doctor said he stopped his car when he saw the accident. He called medical services almost immediately and was a witness in the case, according to The Independent.
He added that he also testified to Peat's insurers in 1988 and later, gave evidence to the court when Mannakee's wife Susan brought forth a civil suit against Chopp and Peat in 1990. He was shocked when he found out that conspiracy theorists believe him to be part of the secret service.
"I did not conspire to murder Barry Mannakee...It’s rubbish. Somebody’s making up a story to sell newspapers," he said. His name has not been mentioned on his request to remain anonymous.
"Ms. Chopp may have been confused by various lights and lighting effects as she looked down the road. These included car headlights and their reflections in the damp road surface, the street lights, the traffic lights and the glow from the lighting at the Eagle Garage," he said.