Royal pilot who flew Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth found dead alongside wife in suspected murder-suicide: report

A pilot who had flown both Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana was found dead in Berkshire, England, this week in a suspected murder-suicide.

The Daily Mail reports that Tony Meadows, 84, and wife Paula, 83, were found dead in their home of 35 years in the village of Bucklebury, less than three miles from the home of Kate Middleton's parents. The couple had been married for over 60 years and Paula had long suffered from a worsening form of dementia.

Authorities say they aren't looking at any outside suspects at this time.

Tony was part of the flight crew for the first-ever British Airways Concorde flight from London to New York back in 1977, and he flew the Queen on the plane two years later in 1979. He was also Princess Diana's pilot, according to the outlet.

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GIBRALTAR- AUGUST 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a Donald Campbell dress, leave for their honeymoon cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia on August 01, 1981 in Gibraltar. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales leave Gibraltar on the Royal Yacht Britannia for their honeymoon cruise, 1st August 1981. The Princess wears a Donald Campbell dress. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: The Prince And Princess Of Wales On Their Honeymoon In Balmoral, Scotland (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Prince Charles With His Arm Around Princess Diana As They Sit On A Style During Their Honeymoon At Balmoral In Scotland.the Princess Is Wearing A Suit Designed By Bill Pashley With A Pair Of Shoes By The Chelsea Cobbler. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
15th June 1983: Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961 - 1997) on holiday in Nova Scotia. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
FRANCE - UNDATED: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales poses in a bikini whilst on holiday in the South of France. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
VIRGIN ISLANDS - UNDATED: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales enjoys a swim in the Virgin Islands. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
FRANCE: The Princess of Wales enjoys a swim in the South of France. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 1986: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing red ski gear and a red and white head band, enjoys a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland in February 1986. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
(From left to Right) Prince Charles, Princess Diana, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and The Duke of York Prince Andrew posing for photographers on their skiing holiday at the Swiss resort of Klosters. Wednesday 17th February 1987. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The Duchess Of York (sarah Ferguson) And Princess Diana Having Fun On Holiday In Klosters. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Members of the British Royal Family on a ski holiday, (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Diana and the Duchess of York, in Grisons, Switzerland, February 17th 1987. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana on a ski holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, February 6th 1986. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing red ski gear and a red and white head band, enjoys a skiing holiday on February 06, 1986 in Klosters, Switzerland. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA-AUGUST 10: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. Also present were the Spanish Royal Family and the Prince of Wales. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 08: Prince Charles And Princess Diana With Prince William And Prince Harry On Holiday In Majorca. Also Present Are Queen Sofia Of Spain And Infanta Elena. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PALMA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10: Diana, Princess of Wales poses with Queen Sofia of Spain during a summer holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Spain. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (1961 - 1997, left) with the Duchess of York during a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, 9th March 1988. (Photo by James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images)
Left to right: the Duchess of York, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Prince Charles during a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, 9th March 1988. (Photo by James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on Holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND - APRIL 11: Princess Diana In Leopardskin Swimming Costume And Sarong On Holiday In Necker Island In The Caribbean (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales holiday on a yacht with King Constantine II of Greece, 1990. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - APRIL 11: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William, on Holiday In Necker Island In The Caribbean, on April 11, 1990, in the British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Princess Diana on holiday in Majorca with King Constantine of Greece and his daughter, Princess Theodora on the King's yacht, Fortuna. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Princess Diana On Board The Yacht Fortuna On Summer Holiday In Majorca (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Diana, Princess of Wales, on board the yacht of King Juan Carlos of Spain 'Fortuna' on summer holiday on August 15, 1990 in Majorca, Spain (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) in the surf off the Island of Nevis, during a Caribbean holiday, 2nd January 1993.(Photo by Thierry Orban/Sygma via Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales (C) watches for a wave while surfing at Indian Castle Beach 02 January 1993. Princess Diana is vacationing with her sons William and Harry. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
GIZA, EGYPT - MAY 12: Diana Princess of Wales visiting the Pyramids in Giza during an official tour of Egypt. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
GIZA, EGYPT - MAY 12: Diana Princess of Wales visits the Pyramids in Giza during an official tour of Egypt. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - MARCH 25: Diana, Princess Of Wales, On A Spring Ski-ing Holiday With Her Sons, Prince William And Prince Harry, And Her Friend Kate Menzies. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
AUSTRIA - MARCH 26: Diana, Princess of Wales running whilst on a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (back row, R), along with her friends Kate Menzies (back row C) and Catherine Soames (back row, L), rides 26 August 1993 the Splash Mountain ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom during the third day of their vacation. Front row left is Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana. Other passengers are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on July 14, 1997 shows Britain's Lady Diana taken by an unidentified young girl for a jet-ski ride off the property of her friend Dodi Al-Fayed in Saint Tropez, on the French Riviera. Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion, the Egyptian millionaire film-producer Dodi al-Fayed, died in Paris early 31 August after a midnight car crash. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on July 14, 1997 shows Britain's Lady Diana taken by an unidentified young girl for a jet-ski ride off the property of her friend Dodi Al-Fayed in Saint Tropez, on the French Riviera. Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion, the Egyptian millionaire film-producer Dodi al-Fayed, died in Paris early 31 August after a midnight car crash. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
ST TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 17 1997: (FILE PHOTO) Diana, Princess of Wales and son HRH Prince William are seen holidaying with Dodi Al Fayed (not pictured) in St Tropez in the summer of 1997, shortly before Diana and Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. The inquests into both of their deaths are due to start in early 2004. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
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Sources close to the couple said that Tony, who was "fit as a flea," had been very "devoted" to his wife as she struggled with dementia. Tony and Paula shared three children who are said to be "devastated" by their parents' shocking deaths.

"They can't understand it. They haven't been able to get their minds around it really. Paula has dementia so she hadn't been very well for quite a while," a source who had spoken with them told the Daily Mail. "But Tony always took care of her and looked after her very well, and took her for walks. He was a very caring person, very friendly."

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9 secrets about Princess Diana no one knew about until after her death
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She recorded her thoughts on tape

Much of what we know about Princess Diana’s personal life is thanks to audiotapes she recorded herself. Once she recognized her marriage to Prince Charles was falling apart, she documented her side of the story on a tape recorder and gave the tapes to her close friend, Dr. James Colthurst. He, in turn, gave them to journalist Andrew Morton so her words could get out to the public. From those tapes, Morton published the biography DIANA: Her True Story—In Her Own Words in 1992. No one knew Diana had a hand in the book’s production until after her death. Here are some more surprising facts you probably didn't know about Princess Diana.

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Her sister dated Prince Charles

There are definitely ways to improve your relationship with your sibling, but we’re not sure if sharing a boyfriend is one of them. Before Diana and Charles started going steady, he dated her sister, Sarah. She introduced the two when Diana was just 16 and takes credit for their falling in love, calling herself Cupid.

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Her grandmother worked for the queen

As prominent a public figure as Queen Elizabeth is, there’s still a lot that the public doesn’t know about her. One of those more intriguing bits of trivia is that the Queen Mother was close friends with Princess Diana’s grandmother, Ruth Fermoy. She was one of Her Majesty’s ladies-in-waiting and later held the title Woman of the Bedchamber, which meant that she was the Queen’s right-hand woman and assisted with important social engagements. Here are some more facts (and scandals!) you never knew about Queen Elizabeth II.

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She and her husband were related

The royal family tree can get pretty complicated, but don’t worry, there’s nothing incestuous about this marriage. Princess Di and Prince Charles were distantly related. Specifically, they were 16th cousins once removed, through King Henry VII.

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She had a poor sex life

In her tape recordings, Princess Diana discussed her married life in great detail, even calling her wedding day “the worst day of her life.” Specifically, she talked at length about her lack of a sex life, saying that she and her husband had sex but it was “very odd.” By the time she made the recordings, their sex life had been going downhill for seven years. She went on to say, “There was no requirement for (sex) from his case. Sort of once every three weeks… and I kept thinking it followed a pattern. He used to see his lady (Camilla) once every three weeks before we got married.” Learn more about the real story of what happened between Charles and Diana.

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She messed up her wedding vows

In hindsight, Princess Diana messing up her wedding vows may seem like a sign her marriage was bound to fail, but in reality, she just caught a case of wedding day jitters. During the vows, she called her husband “Philip Charles” instead of “Charles Philip,” mixing up his first and middle names. Here are some more little mistakes that happened on royal wedding days.

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She ate in the kitchen

It was against royal family etiquette to eat in the kitchen with staffers and not in a dining room, but Princess Diana was no stranger to breaking protocol. Her personal chef, Darren McGrady, said she would just walk into the kitchen and eat at a countertop while he tidied up, which was unheard of coming from any royal. She would even make coffee for the two of them. Check out these stunning, rarely seen photos of the People's Princess.

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She attempted suicide

One of the most troubling revelations from Princess Diana’s audiotapes was that she struggled with depression and even attempted to take her own life. She said in her recordings, “I was so depressed, and I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades.” She also talked about having bulimia and that the eating disorder started after Prince Charles put his hand on her waist and said, “A bit chubby here, aren’t we?”

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She was harassed by the paparazzi

With three new documentaries about Princess Diana set to premiere, Prince William and Prince Harry are opening up about their memories of their mother. Some are uplifting, like how she involved them in her charitable work. But their recollections of Diana dealing with the paparazzi are disturbing. As Prince William says in the ITV and HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy: “If you are the Princess of Wales and you’re a mother, I don’t believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path, who spit at you to get a reaction from you and make a woman cry in public to get a photograph, is appropriate. Harry and I, we had to live through that.” Here's how Prince Harry and Prince William are keeping their mother's memory alive twenty years after her death.

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