These Are The Last Words Princess Diana Said Before She Died

Princess Diana was a light in the middle of the stuffy British Royal family with all of their archaic rules and elitism. Dubbed the People’s Princess by the press, the Princess of Wales brought a young, vibrant spirit to Kensington Palace and a lust for life that she passed on to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Tragically in the early morning hours of August 31, 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a terrible car accident in Paris in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. She was just 36 years old. The princess would leave behind Prince William who was just 15, Prince Harry who was only 12, and an adoring public.

These are the last words Princess Diana said before she died.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana | Kevin Larkin/ AFP/ Getty Images

That fateful day

In the last days of her life, Princess Diana spent her time with Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire. The duo had just returned from a vacation in the South of France and had stopped over in Paris for one evening before Princess Diana was set to return home to London and her boys.

Unfortunately, from the moment they stepped foot on shore, the paparazzi were on the princess and Fayed’s case. The pair had planned on staying at the Imperial Suite of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. However, after an uncomfortable dinner at the Ritz’s L’Espadon restaurant, they made the fateful decision to head to Fayed’s apartment which was located near the Arc de Triomphe.

Around midnight on the morning of August 31, 1997, the couple exited the hotel through the back entrance and slipped in the back seat of a black Mercedes S280. Fayed’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was with them and sat in the front seat while Ritz security employee, Henri Paul, drove the car. Later it would be revealed that Paul was heavily intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was more than three times France’s legal limit at the time of his death.

Princess Diana’s last words.

The crash happened within minutes of the Mercedes leaving the Ritz. Speeding through the streets of Paris in an attempt to evade the paparazzi, the Mercedes collided with a concrete pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Fayed and Paul died on the scene, but Rees-Jones who was the only one who had buckled his seat belt and the princess were still breathing. In the end, Rees-Jones would be the only survivor.

Flowers for Princess Diana

Flowers for Princess Diana | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)

French doctor Frederic Mailliez just happened to be driving by and was one of the first responders on the scene. He later told the Times of London that he’d started treating Princess Diana, not realizing at the time that he was in the presence of royalty. As she cried out in pain, Dr. Mailliez remembered the princess said, ” Oh my God, leave me alone.”

French firefighter Xavier Gourmelon and his team arrived on the scene soon after. In 2017, 20 years after the accident, Gourmelon told The Sun that he heard the princess say, “My God, what’s happened?” before going into cardiac arrest. Sadly, she never regained consciousness.

At 4:00 am Princess Diana was pronounced dead at Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital in Paris. It was a terrible loss, one the world will never forget.

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