The last hours of Princess Diana’s life were spent in Paris, where she was enjoying her summer romance with Dodi Al Fayed.
The couple left the Ritz Hotel before the tragic car accident that ended Diana’s life too soon.
Princess Diana’s tragic death shocked the world. Learn the details surrounding the fatal outcome.
Princess Diana’s last minutes of life
What was Princess Diana doing in Paris?
The mother of Princes William and Harry was on vacation with her boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed.
The two were dining at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi’s father.
The couple was besieged by numerous paparazzi outside the gates of the iconic hotel.
Around midnight, the couple set course for rue Arsène-Houssaye, next to the Champs-Elysées, where Dodi had a luxury apartment, but they would never reach their destination.
Lady Di’s last hours were a harrowing flight from reporters who were looking for the best photo of the couple of the moment.
What was the car accident like?
The Mercedes Benz where Diana and Dodi were traveling with their bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was driven by Henri Paul who was not a professional driver, but the deputy director of security at the Ritz Hotel.
The vehicle was chased by photographers on motorcycles trying to take a snapshot of the princess.
Paul lost control of the vehicle which was traveling at over 100 km/h and crashed into a concrete pillar in the narrow tunnel of the Pont de l’Alma bridge at around 12:23 a.m. on August 31, 1997.
What happened after the accident?
Emergency services arrived within 10 minutes and Princess Diana was treated at the scene of the accident, but her injuries were too severe.
Diana, who was 36 years old, was taken to the hospital where she died of cardiac arrest from internal bleeding resulting from severe chest, lung, and head injuries.
Diana was pronounced dead at 4 am.
The driver and Dodi died on the spot, while bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived with serious injuries.
What happened after Diana’s death?
The news shocked the world and caused a wave of grief. Millions of people attended the funeral procession.
The death of Diana of Wales unleashed a wave of conspiracy theories that went so far as to point the finger directly at the British royal family.
The main promoters of this theory were Mohammed Al-Fayed’s lawyers, who claimed that the death of Lady Di and her son was part of a conspiracy by the British secret services.
However, the exhaustive investigations carried out by the authorities in France and the United Kingdom determined that everything was an accident since Henri Paul was drunk and the harassment of the paparazzi was decisive.
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