Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Princess Diana news: Diana’s heartbreaking final words to firefighter revealed | Royal | News

The anniversary of Princess Diana’s death is marked today, August 31 – 22 years since the tragic car accident that took place in Paris. Speaking on the anniversary, the firefighter who attended to Princess Diana recollected the Princess’ heartbreaking final words. Speaking in French, firefighter Xavier Gourmelon told ITV’s Good Morning: “There was a blonde person who was sitting on the floor.

“She regained consciousness and looked at me and said ‘oh my God, what’s happened?’

“We took her out of a car, put her on a stretcher. At that moment the doctor said she was in cardiac arrest so we gave her CPR, and after 20 seconds she regained consciousness.”

On whether he saw any paparazzi, the first attendant commented: “No, when I arrived there was no one around the car.”

The ITV correspondent narrated: “He said she was saddened and shocked to hear she later died. He thought she would survive. As a firefighter he says it was an ordinary road accident.

“What made it extraordinary was the person involved, the world’s most famous woman he tried so desperately to save.”

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The news of Princess Diana’s death on August 31, 1997 shook the world as the People’s Princess died aged 36 after the car she was riding in crashed in Paris.

On that night, the late Princess was in the rear seat of a Mercedes S280 limo with Dodi Al-Fayed, driver Henri Paul and Trevor Rees-Jones, one member of Al-Fayed’s security team, on the front seats.

Mr Rees-Jones, who now goes by the name Trevor Rees, suffered tremendous injuries, but was the only person to survive the crash.

Princess Diana, Mr Al-Fayed and Mr Paul died despite the paramedics’ efforts to save them.

Mr Rees has been unable to recollect what happened on that tragic night between the moment he entered the car and the crash.

A source said: “They talk about the little things about Diana that made them laugh: the ski trips and outings to Thorpe Park; the effort she went to on their birthdays – all of it. Their other halves and kids join them later.”

This year’s anniversary is likely to hold special meaning for Harry, who earlier this year welcomed Archie, his first child, into the world.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are to take Archie with them to South Africa on their royal tour in October.

Many have speculated that Harry will follow in his mother’s footsteps while on the continent, as Diana carried out various charity work in Africa in the last years of her life. Harry will also make solo visits to Botswana, Angola and Malawi while Meghan, Archie and their newest nanny will remain in South Africa.

The source said: “They always discuss Diana’s charity work and brainstorm ways they can continue her legacy. Helping others and being a role model to those less fortunate is at the top of their priority list.”

Princess Diana visited Angola in 1997 and walked through an active minefield, detonating a mine in front of an audience of international reporters, with the help of a land mine removal expert.

She made the trip as a fervent supporter of an international treaty banning landmines.

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