Queen said 'someone must have greased the brakes' after news of Princess Diana's crash

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Queen Made 'Greased Brakes' Remark After News Of Diana's Crash

Following the news that Princess Diana had been in a car crash, Queen Elizabeth gave what the author of a new royals biography called an "astonishing remark."

A source for the new book says the Queen — not yet knowing the severity of the accident that killed her daughter-in-law — said, "Someone must have greased the brakes."

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Ingrid Seward is the author of "The Queen's Speech: An Intimate Portrait Of The Queen In Her Own Words," scheduled to be published at the end of the month.

In excerpts printed by the Daily Mail, Seward wrote the greased brakes remark "reveals something of the extraordinary and complex relationship between her and Diana."

It'll probably do anything but pacify Diana enthusiasts. Despite her long-time separation and divorce from Prince Charles, the Princess of Wales was one of the most beloved royals when her car crashed in an underground tunnel in Paris in 1997.

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LONDON - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Princess Diana (L), Prince Harry, (2nd L) Prince William (2nd R) and Prince Charles (R) gather for the commemorations of VJ Day, 19 August 1995 in London. Prince William turned 25 Thursday 21 June 2007, and in doing so became entitled to part of the multi-million pound (euro, dollar) inheritance left to him by his late mother, princess Diana. The second in line to the throne is now allowed access to the income accrued on the 6,5 million pounds he was left in his mother's will after she died 10 years ago in a car crash in Paris. AFP PHOTO/JOHNNY EGGITT/ (Photo credit should read JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Royal Wedding. Photo of Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles taken by Boris Spremo July 29, 1981. (Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Royal Wedding. Photo Of Diana Princess of Wales taken by Boris Spremo July 29, 1981. (Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 29: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding on July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Royal Wedding. Photo of Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles taken by Boris Spremo July 29, 1981. (Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Royal Wedding. Photo of wedding party showing Princess (Lady) Diana, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, taken by Boris Spremo July 29, 1981. (Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
ENGLAND - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales is led down the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral by her proud father, Earl Spencer, on her wedding day 29 July, 1981. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 1: Princess Diana's wedding gown is displayed at a preview of the traveling 'Diana: A Celebration' exhibit at the National Constitution Center on October 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibit, not shown in the U.S. since 2007, opens tomorrow and continues through December 31. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Princess Diana, accompanied by Gov. Chris Patten and his wife Lavender Patten, extreme left, receives a bundle of flowers from an unidenfitifed girl outside the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital Saturday, April 22, 1995. Diana was in Hong Kong for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Diana, Princess of Wales, uses a remote switch, Wednesday January 15 1997, to trigger the detonation of some explosive ordinance dug up by mine sweepers in Huambo, central Angola, one of the most densely mined areas in the country. Diana is visiting Angola in an effort to raise awareness of the problem of land-mines. Man at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Giovanni Diffidenti)
The Princess of Wales holds a bouquet of flowers presented upon her arrival at the Tushinskaya Children's Hospital in Moscow, Friday, June 16, 1995. Princess Diana, Patron of the Tushinskaya Children's Hospital Trust, toured the facility during her first trip to Russia. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with Princess Diana at the White House Wednesday, June 18, 1997. On Tuesday night the princess attended an American Red Cross fund-raiser in Washington to aid land-mine victims around the world. (AP Photo/White House)
The Princess of Wales reaches out to touch a young unidentified cancer patient during her visit Thursday February 22 1996 to the cancer hospital founded by former cricket star Imran Khan in Lahore, Pakistan. The local media have speculated that Khan, brought the Princess to boost his own political career and slight the Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. (AP Photo/Mike Forster, Pool)
Princess Diana pauses at the bed of a seriously injured man as she visits Cook County Hospital on Wednesday, June 5, 1996, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, POOL) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 0 1 %%>
Diana, Princess of Wales, talks to a Angolan amputee, Tuesday January 14, 1997, at the the Neves Bendinha Orthopedic Workshop in the outskirts of Luanda. Diana is visiting Angola in an effort to create awareness about land-mines. (AP Photo/Joao Silva)
Diana, Princess of Wales, tours a minefield in body armour in Huambo, central Angola, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, during a visit to Angola to see for herself the carnage mines cause. Diana, visiting Angola for the Red Cross to draw attention to the problems caused by landmines, watched a a landmine clearing demonstration in one of Angola's most densely mined areas. (AP Photo/John Stillwell) **UNITED KINGDOM OUT**
Britain's Diana Princess of Wales, following her jet-ski practice session, looks at her two sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry, at Saint Tropez, French Riviera, Monday July 14, 1997, where she spends a few days holidaying in the residence of Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed. (AP PHOTO/Lionel Cironneau)
British performer Sting, left, his wife Trudy Styler, Princess Diana, second from right and Elton John, right, attend the memorial Mass for Gianni Versace, inside Milan's gothic cathedral Tuesday, July 22, 1997. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales, smiles as she arrives at Sarajevo airport Friday August 8,1997. At left is mine victim Ken Rutherford of the Landmines Survivors Network. The princess is on a two-day tour to publicise the international problem of land mines. (AP Photo/Sava Radovanovic)
Britain's Princess Diana, with her husband Prince Charles, arriving for their visit to the Parks Centre, in Adelaide, Australia, on April 5, 1983. (AP Photo/Caulkin)
FILE - In this June 22, 1982, file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and wife Princess Diana take home their newborn son Prince William, as they leave St. Mary's Hospital in London. St James's Palace officially announced Monday Dec. 3, 2012, that Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first baby. (AP Photo/John Redman, File)
Britain's Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, hugs and plays with an HIV poitive baby in Faban Hostel, San Paulo, on April 24, 1991, on the second day of her visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Caulkin)
FILE -- In this July 1, 1997 file photo, Princess Diana smiles as she arrives at the Tate Gallery in London, to attend the Centenary Gala honoring the world famous museum. Princess Diana would have been 50 years old on Friday, July 1, 2011, perhaps the only certainty about the course of a life abruptly cut short in a 1997 car crash in Paris, with a new boyfriend, two months past her 36th birthday. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt, file)
Princess Diana, smiles to reporters as she arrives at the National Gallery of Art for dinner in Washington on Nov. 10, 1986. The princess is escorted into the museum by John Stevenson, president of the gallery. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz)
FILE--Princess Diana and Prince Charles are shown with their son Prince William during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London in December 1982. Britain s Princess Diana, who had been struggling to build a new public and private life after her turbulent divorce, was killed Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, along with her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the car in Paris. (AP Photo/file)
The Princess of Wales explains things to Prince Williams, 9, during his first visit to Wimbledon, July 6, 1991. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
The Princess of Wales holds son Prince Harry while royal families posed for photographers at the Royal Palace, Majorca, Spain on Sunday, August 9, 1987. Prince Charles and Princess Diana with their two children William and Henry are spending a week’s vacation on the island as guests of King Juan Carlos and his family. (AP Photo/John Redman)
Britain's Prince Harry sticks out his tongue for the cameras on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, England on June 11, 1988, following the Trooping of the Colour. Princess Diana holds Harry, as a smiling Prince William sits in front, and Lady Gabriella Windsor is seen on the left. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Britain's Princess Diana arriving at London's, Dorchester Hotel, Thursday July 4 1996, to attend a charity event in support of The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Pakistan. The hospital was built in memory of Imran Khan's mother who died of cancer in 1985. In a development over the divorce proceedings between the Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the Prince has responded to proposals by the Princess after weeks of apparent deadlock in negotiations. (AP Photo/Charles Miller)
Washington Post owner Katherine Graham watches as Princess Diana greets Elizabeth Dole in a reception line during a benefit gala at the National Building Museum Tuesday night, Sept. 24, 1996 in Washington to raise money for cancer research. (AP Photo/Washington Post, Robert Reeder, pool)
(FILES) Picture dated 29 July 1981 of Diana, Princess of Wales, in her wedding dress. Ten years after her death in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997, Princess Diana shows no sign of retreating into the shadows -- her most enduring legacy the ability, even now, to engage, capture and divide public opinion. AFP PHOTO/PA FILES UK OUT //TO GO WITH AFP STORY / PACKAGE BRITAIN-ROYALS-DIANA-10YEARS / GB-ROYAUTE-DIANA-10ANS (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Charles, Prince of Wales, and bride, Lady Diana, wave the crowd in coach as they pass through Fleet Street after their wedding at St Paul's Cathedral, on July 29, 1981. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) Picture taken 27 January 1988 shows Princess of Wales Diana, during her visit to the Footscray Park in suburb of Melbourne. Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of Diana, princess of Wales' boyfriend Dodi Fayed, maintained that the couple were murdered, after an inquest jury on March 7, 2008 returned a verdict of unlawful killing. AFP PHOTO PATRICK RIVIERE (Photo credit should read PATRICK RIVIERE/AFP/Getty Images)
JANUARY 1988 - Princess Diana travels on the official train for the Bicentennial Royal Tour in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Picture dated 14 November 1992 of Princess Diana leaving the first anti-AIDS bookshop in Paris. Diana, Princess of Wales died in hospital early 31 August after a midnight car crash in central Paris in which her friend the Egyptian millionaire film-producer Dodi al-Fayed and driver were also killed. At the time of the crash, the car was being pursued by paparazzi press photographers on motorcycles. (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, HONG KONG: Britain's Princess Diana stands with tennis players Michael Chang of the US (L) and Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman during the awards ceremony at the Hong Kong Open 23 April. Princess Diana, on a private visit to Hong Kong, watched as Chang defeated Bjorkman 6-3, 6-1 to win the tournament. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Within the last few moments, the press association in Britain — citing unnamed British sources — has reported that Diana Princess of Wales has died," BBC's anchor said the night of Diana's death.

Since Diana's death, blame and debunked conspiracy theories have been abundant. Some blamed paparazzi following Diana's car, French authorities said her driver was intoxicated and the father of Princess Diana's boyfriend claimed British special forces murdered the princess.

After getting over the shock of Diana's death, Seward says the queen's first thought was on Princes William and Harry.

"She wanted the family to stay in Scotland to give her grandsons a chance to absorb the shock of their mother's death as far as possible from the public eye."

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