Princess Diana’s pathologist reveals all the bizarre questions people asked him

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The doctor who examined Princess Diana’s body has revealed some of the most bizarre things people have asked him about it.

Dr Richard Shepherd has been a forensic pathologist for more than 40 years and has investigated over 23,000 dead bodies – with one being Princess Diana’s.

He was called to re-examine the princess’s body for the official inquiry into her death.

Diana, 36, and Dodi Fayed, 42, were killed when their Mercedes crashed in an underpass in Paris in August 1997.

Had she been wearing her seatbelt, Dr Shepherd believes the princess would have survived “with a black eye or maybe a broken arm”.

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The driver Henri Paul, who was twice the British drink-drive limit at the time of the crash, also died – leaving bodyguard Trevor Rees the only survivor.

After conducting a second autopsy on Dian’s body, Dr Shepherd was asked bizarre questions with some even asking if she had been pregnant..

“People asked: ‘Was she beautiful?’ ‘Was she peaceful?’ ‘Was she pregnant?’,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Pathologically there was no evidence that Princess Diana was pregnant, but some women say they know they’re pregnant from the moment of conception. Was she one of those?

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“I always made sure I never said anything — in all the cases of public interest I was involved with — that hadn’t already appeared in the Press.”

The inquest jury found that Diana and Dodi had been unlawfully killed and their deaths were the result of “gross negligence” on the part of Henri and paparazzi who were chasing the car through the streets on motorbikes.

Dr Shepherd has worked on other major incidents including the Hungerford massacre, Stephen Lawrence’s murder, the Marchioness disaster, 9/11 and 7/7.

He has two children — vet Chris and fellow pathologist Anna — from his first marriage to fellow doctor Jen and two grandchildren. When he married Linda in 2008, he became stepdad to her three grown-up girls.

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