After her scandalous marriage to Prince Charles and a series of failed relationships, Princess Diana seemed to have finally found love.
But in an unexpected twist of fate, the princess and her then-partner, Dodi Al Fayed, died together in a tragic accident in Paris, France, on August 31, 1997, while trying to escape a paparazzi siege.
With the premiere of the first part of the final season of The Crown, the question arises as to whether Diana and Dodi were already engaged when they died.
Did Dodi Al Fayed propose to Princess Diana?
In one of the episodes of the series, the Egyptian tycoon is shown proposing to the princess just hours before her death, leading many to wonder if this was true in real life.
The question of whether the princess was engaged at the time of her death was thoroughly investigated ten years after her death.
This investigation also looked into whether Diana was pregnant at the time of her death, as was speculated years later.
However, as far as marriage plans were concerned, it is safe to say that there was an intention to formalize the relationship.
People magazine mentions that Dodi bought a diamond ring at the Repossi store on Place Vendome in Paris for about $14,000, although it is unknown if he ever gave it to the princess or if it was an engagement ring.
Dodi’s butler also revealed that hours before the tragic accident, Al Fayed had asked for champagne to be ready when he and Diana arrived at his residence, which unfortunately never happened.
This raises the question of whether they ever became engaged.
However, according to People, although the two had apparently found stability in their relationship, they were still not engaged at the time of her death.