A fire service worker on the location of Princess Diana's fatal accident shared tidbits of that fateful day and recalled her last words.
The British monarchy and royal fans were thrown into mourning following the announcement that Diana, the Princess of Wales has passed on. She died in a fatal accident in Paris.
While many have vague ideas of the location of the accident and the event that transpired that day, only a handful have a vivid recollection of how she had fought to stay alive.
Princess Diana on her official visit to Hong Kong on November 7, 1989 in Hong Kong | Photo: Getty Images
Xavier Gourmelon was a fire chief on the ground, and he was part of the emergency workers during the accident. Gourmelon recently opened up for the first time about Diana’s final words.
He noted that after his team arrived at the Pont de l'Alma tunnel, he observed two occupants of the car were already dead while the two others, a woman and a man, were in critical condition.
Gourmelon noted that he observed her carefully, noting no facial injuries or much body dislocation except for one of her shoulders. He relayed that Diana soon came to and said, “Oh my God! What happened?”
Prince Charles was later interrogated by the UK police after a note from Diana was found.
Gourmelon would later find out that he and his team had attended the famous British royal, Princess of Wales. He noted that they transported her from the bard to a mattress.
At this point, she stopped breathing, but a resuscitation brought her back and in stable condition. Before Gourmelon arrived at the scene, there was a doctor, Frederic Mailliez.
Dr. Mailliez shared his account of the accident. He recalled driving past the Alma tunnel and seeing that a back Mercedez had hit the 13th pillar and skidded in the opposite direction.
Dr. Mailliez was with his boyfriend Mark that night, and they stopped to help those involved in the accident. Like Gourmelonl’s account, two people, later identified as Diana's lover, Dodi Fayed, and the driver, Henri Paul, were dead.
The doctor relayed that at the time he attended to the “beautiful woman” in the car, he had no idea that it was the Princess of Wales. He had little equipment with him, but he was able to keep her alive until the emergency team arrived.
Diana would later be pronounced dead at the hospital she was transferred to. The hospital’s chaplain, Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet, had initially been in disbelief when he was told that it was The People's Princess.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles outside Chateau de Chambord during their official visit to France on November 9, 1988 in Chambord, France | Photo: Getty Images
However, when he arrived at the hospital in the morning, he realized the tragic truth. Diana’s former husband, Prince Charles, and two of Diana’s sisters arrived in an emergency aircraft.
Nevertheless, the interrogation hit a dead end as officers in charge concluded that nothing in the note denoted that Charles could have been involved. Further investigations also pointed to this conclusion.