A new theme park celebrating downmarket US tabloid magazine, the National Enquirer, has sparked outrage after turning Princess Diana ’s death into an attraction.
The owners have taken the events of August 31, 1997, in Paris and hope to cash in on the tragedy by charging adults up to £20 a time to see a remake of the crash.
Children will also be allowed to see the attraction.
Guests will even be polled over whether they think the Royals were involved in Diana’s death after seeing the exhibit.
The attraction, which opens tomorrow, is one of the key features of the National Enquirer Live in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
It’s a 3D computer model, and you’re looking down on what looks just like Paris, but it’s three-dimensional,” creator Robin Turner said.
“It’s projected, and you see the buildings and everything in a 3D presentation.
And it shows the pathway as she left the Ritz hotel, and the paparazzi chasing her, and the bang-flash that we think blinded the driver and how it happened.”
Turner, one of the principal investors in the theme park, argued the Diana exhibit will be a sensitively handled despite its macabre theme.
He said visitors will be spared close-ups of Diana’s body.
“There’s no blood,” he told America’s Daily Beast website.
“There’s none of that. You see the car crash through computer animation.”
Turner said visitors will be invited to look into various widely-debunked conspiracy theories about the accident.
They include a claim that Diana was pregnant by her Egyptian boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and murdered by the British intelligence services at the direction of Buckingham Palace.
“You will be polled on what you believe was the cause of her death and who was behind it,” Turner said, adding he has yet to receive any complaints from the Palace.
We ask questions like ‘Do you think the Royals were involved?’ ‘Do you think she was pregnant?’ All we do is ask questions on what’s your opinion.”
Defending the attraction, Turner insisted: “It’s definitely not in poor taste. It’s just showing the route of what happened.
“For people who’ve never been to Paris, it’s just showing the topography, and the distance, and the tunnel, and that kind of stuff. It’s done very professionally.”
He argued the attraction was respectful to Prince William and Prince Harry , who were 15 and 12 at the time of her death and who have repeatedly said how painful it has been to relive the tragedy.
Last night British expats in the States labelled the attraction “grotesque”.
Patrick Finn, 43, of Milwaukee, said: “It is abhorrent how anyone could try and make money from such a tragic event.
“The makers should hang their heads in shame.
“Anyone who pays to see such a thing needs to ask themselves ‘Why?’
“Would they like it if a relative’s death was cashed in on.
“People should boycott it. It is so grotesque.”
The Princess, 36, was killed alongside Fayed, 42, in the backseat of a Mercedes Benz S280 driven by Henri Paul.
Investigators said the vehicle crashed at an estimated 65 miles per hour into a concrete pillar in Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Paul, 41, also died.
The park is said to have 100 attractions within its 20,000-square foot space including a tribute to the famed September 1977 Enquirer cover photo of the corpse of Elvis Presley in its open coffin.