‘Bogus faith healer’ claimed she treated Princess Diana and warned her of car crash, court hears

12:03 08 May 2014

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

PA Archive/Press Association Images

A fraudster posing as a shamanic faith healer claimed to have warned Princess Diana of her imminent death as she attempted to groom a new victim, a court heard.

Juliette D'Souza outside Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Polly HancockJuliette D'Souza outside Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Polly Hancock

The prosecution claims “bogus” faith healer Juliette D’Souza, of Perrin’s Lane, Hampstead – who is being tried on 23 counts of fraud and obtaining property by deception – boasted of celebrity clients including Diana and music mogul Simon Cowell to win the trust of her targets.

One witness, Patricia Leckie, told the jury that she had visited D’Souza in 1998, the year after Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris, while seeking help for a skin problem.

Ms Leckie, who referred to diary entries about the encounter, told Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday: “She wanted to make sure that I knew she was a genuine healer and had powers, that she could heal me.”

Like many of the witnesses, Ms Leckie told of her amazement that D’Souza seemed to know a lot about her, including details of her fiancée and brother.

“I was mesmerised,” she said. “I’m a bit sceptical about that sort of thing, but in that situation, I thought ‘something’s going on here’. I just wanted to know what was coming next.”

But Ms Leckie told the jury that her scepticism returned when the defendant began to talk about the tragic princess.

“She continued by telling me that Princes Diana used to come to see her and the press never knew,” she said.

“When she last saw her, she warned her she would die if she continued seeing Dodi [Fayed], and would never see her sons again.

“It didn’t ring true to me. At that point, I just got up and decided to leave.”

The trial continues.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

7 minutes ago

A group of angry Swiss Cottage residents have launched a campaign group to oppose plans by a private school to build new classrooms


A wheelchair-bound mum remains scared to leave the house, as the bus driver who ran her over at a zebra crossing was banned from driving for six months

An appeal has been launched to find a missing 89-year-old man from Kentish Town believed to have severe dementia.


Well, that didn’t take long. A lorry and van have “crashed” in Tufnell Park Road, the residential street being used as the main diversion during the A1 closure.


The funeral of a much-loved Hampstead Heath character who was killed in a road accident is being held tomorrow.


Residents in Frognal and Fitzjohns are being warned to protect their post after fresh reports of mail theft and fraud.

Yesterday, 13:38

Four Weddings and a Funeral film star Sophie Thompson donated a piece of art to an exhibition in aid of the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen’s Square, Bloomsbury.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now