Princess Diana is still alive 22 years to the day after she died in a horror car crash, according to an extraordinary conspiracy theory.
The “People’s Princess” died on this day – August 31 – in 1997 when the Mercedes she was travelling in crashed into the Alma Tunnel in Paris.
The car, which was carrying Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed from the Ritz hotel, was speeding through the French capital at 65mph as it was chased by paparazzi.
But an inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi later found that the driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul, had been drunk at the wheel.
It ruled that Diana and Dodi were “unlawful killed” by Paul’s “grossly negligent behaviour”.
Yet as Prince Harry and Prince William prepare to mark the 22nd anniversary of their mum’s death today, a bizarre, sick claim is suggesting she is still alive.
The outlandish theory is fuelled by a three-year-old YouTube video which has racked up 83,000 views, and a new video published only four weeks ago that has been viewed 600 times.
The conspiracy is also being endlessly pushed on Twitter, with forums and threads being littered with the nonsense claims.
The suggestion goes that Diana is actually alive as a French socialite called Ondine de Rothschild – the daughter of a £200million French family.
Ondine, 39, is the daughter of Elie de Rothschild – a partner of the family’s banking dynasty – and his former mistress, Parisian antiques dealer Ariane Dandois.
According to conspiracists, Ondine shares remarkably similar facial features to Diana, including her eyes, ears and mouth.
She also sports short, cropped blonde hair like the Princess did and is apparently of a similar height.
But bonkers theorists even claim she has the same birthmark as Diana on her right cheek – which, when comparing pictures of the two, is clearly not true.
A YouTube video, which questions the theory and continues to be shared, even dredges up pictures of Ondine coincidentally posing similarly to Diana.
The clip, posted by “U-Decide” and headlined “Is Princess Diana NOW Ondine Rothschild??”, overlaps pictures of the pair to try and point out the similarities.
Among the startling comments posted under the video is: “Wow it really is her! The truth is scarier than fiction folks.”
Another says: “Wow, that looks very similar to Diana. Of course people age and things can change on your face along with the help of plastic surgery, make-up and photoshop. But the jawline matches perfectly.
“The so-called ‘elite’ are always playing, twisting, confusing and manipulating things to keep us uninformed and confused so I would not be surprised that Ondine is Diana.”
One more writes: “They have the same body structure. I don’t believe Ondine Rothschild is in her late thirties as Google claims. She looks looks much older, around Diana’s age (mid-late 50s). It’s possible.”
And if the video is not bizarre enough, another conspiracist on a forum called God Like Productions even goes as far as detailing the very creases of Ondine’s ear.
The comment, posted in June 2018, reads: “The human ear is more unique than the fingerprint. Pay close attention to the shape of Ondine’s ear and the creases.
“Also, how likely is it that both women have the same exact height, build, and eye colour?!
“Ondine isn’t supposed to look identical to Diana. That’s the point, but these sick people aren’t going to completely change this woman’s face.
“That’s their big joke to the world. They enjoy these sick mind games.”
Despite the creepy investigations into the theory, many others have disputed the wild claims.
Other comments on the YouTube video include: “This is nonsense. Her gums and teeth are extremely different. She’s more similar to Camilla than Diana. Diana was beautiful.”
“The jaw is not the same or the contour of the face! Similar but not the same girl! Sorry! I don’t buy your story!”
“Folks that’s not her…..I worked in the dental profession 15 years and RN remainder of my career! Jaw totally different teeth bone structure….yeah sorry not her.”
“I have seen a few vids on this now, by a few different people, and I am just not seeing a resemblance.
“The chin is all wrong, the smile is completely wrong, all the facial expressions, wrong. Also she looks way too tall and masculine to be Diana.
“Granted, people get their faces done all the time, but they usually retain many of their original characteristics, and I just am not seeing it in this person called Ondine.”