Princess Diana died 20 years ago Thursday, and mourners gathered at the site of the fateful crash to commemorate the anniversary and speculate where the “People’s Princess” would be today if she were still alive.
Chris Imafidon, author of a book on the royals, speculated if she were still alive, Diana would have been in Grenfell, shaking hands with people who had lost their homes,” in reference to the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 which caused at least 80 deaths.
“I’m sad,” Imafidon added, as reported by Britain’s Evening Standard. “That was the longest day of my life, the day she died. Everything stopped. She was someone who broke down the barriers between the privileged elite and the downtrodden masses. She was a bridge.”
Diana would likely now be a doting grandmother and a U.S. TV star, according to the hosts of midday British talk show “Loose Women,” as reported by The Sun. Host Jane Moore speculated, “I think she would be living in America. I think she would have found love with a massively wealthy American who could protect her, in the way that she needed protecting security wise, and I think she would have been a massively doting grandmother,” Jane said, adding Diana would maybe have made an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.”
The talk show hosted a guest named Esther Rantzen, who worked with Diana in charity works, who speculated Diana would have launched her own international charitable foundation.
Diana, 36, and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, while being chauffeured by an intoxicated driver and pursued by paparazzi on motorcycles.
Diana was remembered publicly today by various celebrities, singer including Elton John, who shared a throwback photo on Instagram of himself with the princess. The pair is all smiles as the musician rests a hand on Diana’s shoulder. John captioned the phone with, “20 years ago today, the world lost an angel. #RIP @ejaf.”
Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, shared memories of their mother in the new documentary, Diana, 7 Days. Harry, 32, says in the film, “All I want to do is try and fill the holes my mother has left … to try and make a difference. And that’s what it’s about for us, trying to make a difference.”
William, 35, agreed and added, “Both our parents have brought us up to understand that there is the element of duty and responsibility that you have to do things you don’t want to do.”
On Wednesday, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry visited a garden at Kensington Palace created in memory of Diana.
Various news articles Thursday reported on Diana’s final words after the crash, spoken to firefighter Xavier Gourmelon, who tried to save her life. “Nobody knew it was,” Gourmelon recalled, as reported by Fox News. “Nobody recognized her. As I approached, there was a blond person sitting on the floor. She regained consciousness and looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God, what’s happened?’ A bit agitated. I tried to calm her down and tell her we’d looked after her, and she fell into a coma again.”
Diana was taken to Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in France but was pronounced dead several hours later.