It has been 20 years since Princess Dianna died, but even today the memory of her is cherished. On August 31, 1997, the world went crazy over her tragic death. It was such a heartbreaking moment since she had such a kind heart and inspired so many people. She died when she was only 36 years old in a car accident in Paris after being chased by paparazzi.
She died in a fatal car accident
Since the accident left her injured, there was only one person who was at her side by the moment. French firefighter Xavier Gourmelon was the last person Diana saw before falling into coma.
French firefighter Xavier Gourmelon was the last person she saw
During an interview with Good Morning Britain, Xavier recalled that when he arrived people were unaware that the person in the accident was Princess Diana. He said, “Nobody knew it was her; no one recognized her. As I approached, there was a blonde person sitting on the floor.”
The death of Princess Diana left many in tears
“She regained consciousness and looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God, what’s happened?’” He continued, “[She was] a bit agitated, I tried to calm her down and tell her we’d look after her, and she fell into a coma again.” He admitted that her death came as a shock to him.
Her last words were, “Oh my god, what’s happened?”
At that time, he believed that she was going to survive the accident but around 4 am, she was dead at the hospital. Another person who was present as she was taking her final breath was Colin Tebutt, Diana’s driver.
Princess Diana (Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Colin arrived first at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and could see the chaos of people outside when they heard about the accident. According to him the “heat of the day” had taken a toll on “the most beautiful woman in the world”.
Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Colin didn’t want people to remember her the way she looked after the accident so he made sure she looked her best for her family and ex-husband who were arriving to take the body home.
The Princess of Wales (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Colin invited a French undertaker to do makeup for Princess Diana despite being well aware of the tradition that states only royal undertakers can deal with a member of the Royal family. Diana’s butler Paul Burrell then did her hair and put a rosary on the bed.
Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Colin remembers the unacceptable behavior of the media who wanted to catch a glimpse of her. The situation got out of hand when people climbed on the roof and kept rushing into the hospital.
Lady Diana Spence (Photo by Graham Turner/Keystone/Getty Images)
According to Colin, the locals in France were applauding the body of the Princess while it was driven to a military airfield. Back in London there was a different scene where millions of people sobbed and the place was silent.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are seen during a visit to The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
For her 20th death anniversary, her sons Prince William and Prince Harry paid a tribute to her by touring the White Garden at Kensington Palace. The entire garden was replanted in her honor with white roses, lilies, gladioli and cosmos flowers.
Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The flowers were a representation of her charitable work and her fashionable style. A statement from Kensington Palace said, “The engagement will allow the Princes to pay tribute to the life and work of their mother the day before the twentieth anniversary of her death.”
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry lay flowers among tributes (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
According to CNN, Prince Harry and Prince William met with charities to were even more close to their mother’s heart. This included people from the U.K’s homeless charity Centrepoint, The National AIDS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Leprosy Mission and the Landmine Survivors Network.
THE PRINCESS OF WALES Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
There is absolutely no doubt that she left a big mark in everyone’s life. She will always be remembered!