Following the tragic and untimely death of Princess Diana, back in August 1997, numerous rumors arose, not only regarding the questionable circumstances of the car crash in which she died, but also about the fact she was allegedly pregnant from her lover, Dodi Fayed.
Now, some 18 years later, a new West End play, which opened in London last week, entitled, Truth, Lies, Diana, alleges, among other things, that indeed the future King of England's mother was carrying a "Muslim baby," as noted in the "factional" production.
The director of the play, Jon Conway, who also appears in it, wrote the play using transcripts from the inquest into the Princess's death, leaked official documents, and interviews with her former lover, James Hewitt, and butler Paul Burrell, as reported by the Mirror yesterday.
Even though the controversial claims that Princess Diana was pregnant with Fayed's baby were dismissed by the inquest at the time, Conway claims the play includes a testimony given to him by the ex-girlfriend of a doctor at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital where Diana was declared dead.
Rose, a British forensic officer depicted in the play, is seen claiming the doctor, Yasser, had called another health worker on the night Diana died, saying to him in Arabic, "I can't believe the news. Were you on duty?" to which he replied, "Yes, yes... What? She was pregnant?"
At that point, the other doctor, Yasser said, "Yes, imagine that, the King of England's mother, pregnant with a Muslim baby."
The Telegraph reported that the controversial play, which is running at the Charing Cross theater until February 14, also includes claims by James Hewitt that Diana had discovered Prince Charles was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles days before their 1981 marriage, and had wanted to cancel the wedding.
As if those allegations weren't enough, Hewitt also claims in the play that Diana knew that Prince Philip had numerous alleged flings, but that he and the Queen had "an arrangement."
As the show's director, Jon Conway pointed out, "I think it's important the public is able to hear the whole story. I call it the D-word as nobody wants to talk about it."
Nevertheless, well-known royal author, Margaret Holder has dismissed the allegations in the play as "nonsense," saying, "I think this will put him back in the spotlight and it tells producers of reality TV programmes, 'Hello, I'm here.' It's a nonsense but it's all a game.'"
While it remains unclear whether or not the allegations portrayed in the new play are true or not, it certainly brings those questions of 18 years ago back into the public eye, for better or worse.