On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s August 31, 1997 death, one of the emergency responders to the scene of her fatal car crash recounted the famous icon’s last words.
Xavier Gournmelon, a French firefighter who arrived at the crash scene within three minutes, held Diana’s hand as she was in the back of the wrecked car. Her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and her driver, Henri Paul, also died in the crash.
“Nobody knew it was her, no one had recognized her,” he told ITV. “As I approached, there was a blonde person sitting on the floor, she regained consciousness and looked at me and said, ‘oh my god what’s happened.’"
“[She was] A bit agitated,” Gournmelon said. “I tried to calm her down and tell her we’d look after her and she fell into a coma again.”
He was shocked when he found out later that the woman was Princess Diana—the ex-wife of Prince Charles and mother to William and Harry—and that she had died.
On Wednesday, the now-grown Prince William and Prince Harry paid their respects to their mother at her former home in Kensington Palace.
"I think it's never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother," said Harry in a recent interview. "But 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made not just to the royal family but also to the world.”
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