A SHOCKING claim an MI5 agent has confessed to assassinating Princess Diana has startled Brits.
The "People's Princess" was killed nearly 20 years ago in a horrifying car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
She was being driven in a Mercedes S-280 after she left the Hotel Ritz before crashing into a pillar in the Alma Tunnel.
But an article has sensationally quashed this version of events, claiming to have spoken to an 80-year-old retired MI5 agent who has "admitted" he actually assassinated Diana.
The story – now found to be fake – has been shared by hundreds of people online with many fearing the information may be true.
In it, the agent – named John Hopkins – allegedly says her was ordered to kill the Princess as she was "placing the British Crown at risk".
He says: "She knew too many Royal secrets. She had a huge grudge and she was going to go public with all sorts of wild claims. My boss told me she had to die… and we had to make it look like an accident.
"I’d never killed a woman before, much less a princess, but I obeyed orders. I did it for Queen and country."
The story is now going viral, with Royal fans around the world fearing the conspiracy theory may hold some truth.
But the website behind the article, YourNewsWire.com, is in fact a notorious fake news generator.
Fact check website Snopes also describes the source as "a site known for promoting baseless conspiracy theories".
This has failed, however, to stop Diana's millions of adoring fans from sharing the post.
One wrote on Twitter: "Can we just talk about how this retired MI5 agent who has just a few weeks to live confessed to killing princess Diana… wotttt"
Another said: "An MI5 agent on his death bed just confessed to assassinating Princess Diana....this is insane"
For years conspiracy theories have been spread over Diana's death, with a number of claims made about her final moments.
The fake story claims the agent was released from hospital in London last Wednesday and told he has weeks to live.
It also suggests Hopkins was involved in 23 assassinations for the British intelligence agency between 1973 and 1999.
It reads: "Mr. Hopkins, who worked for M15 for 38 years as an operative, claims he was often used as an hitman by the agency, to discreetly assassinate individuals considered a threat to the domestic security of the United Kingdom.
"Trained as both a mechanical engineer and munitions expert, Mr. Hopkins claims he also has extensive experience of less conventional methods of inflicting death and destruction, including chemicals and poisons.
"The 80-year-old British man claims he was involved with MI5 assassinations between June 1973 and December 1999, during a period he says 'the MI5 operated with less external oversight'.
"Hopkins says he was part of a cell of seven operatives who were trusted to carry out political assassinations across the UK. Most victims were politicians, activists, journalists and union leaders.
"Mr. Hopkins says Princess Diana is unique among his victims, as she is the only female he ever assassinated, as well as the only Royal. She is also the only victim that the Royal Family themselves ordered to be taken out.
"He claims to feel ‘ambivalent' about Princess Diana’s death. On the one hand, Diana was 'a beautiful, kind-hearted woman' who did not deserve to have her life cut short."