Last Words of Princess Diana
On that fateful night of August 31, 1997 when the Mercedes car carrying Princess Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed crashed at the Pont de l’Alma tunnel ; the paparazzi and even other photographers came towards the crash site like a swarm of bees to take pictures. Seriously injured, Diana cried looking at the state of Dodi Al-Fayed dead body. She was repeatedly murmuring ‘Oh My God’ and crying ‘Leave me alone’ to the photographers.
People looking at the accident site at the Pont de l’Alma tunnel
Princess Diana Death – Timeline
Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed left the Ritz hotel rear entrance at 12:20 AM (August 31,1997) leaving for Rue Arsène Houssaye apartment. The car left the from the Rue Cambon exit. Once, the Mercedes crossed the Place de la Corde, drive Henri Paul drove it along Cours la Reine and Cours Albert 1er (the road that runs parallel to River Seine) and went into the Place de l’Alma underpass. At 12:23, the drive lost control of the car as it entered the mouth of the tunnel, the car swerved to the left of the two-path carriageway before colliding bang-on with the 13th pillar. It then spun and crashed at the stone-wall of the tunnel at the backside, before grinding to a halt. The impact was such that the front half of the car was severely damaged.
Witnesses say that Dodi Al-Fayed who was seated in the left-rear passenger seat seemed dead. Fire officials tried their best to save him but he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 1.32 am. Driver Henri Paul was also declared dead in the course of the removal of the wreckage. The bodies of the two were taken to a Paris mortuary, Institut Médico-Légal (IML), instead of a hospital. The autopsy for Dodi Al-Fayed and Henri Paul concluded that both had suffered a rupture in aorta-isthmus and a fractured spine, medullar section in the dorsal region for Paul and medullar section of the cervical area for Al-Fayed.
The bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones had multiple facial injuries, his face appeared flattened and blood strewn. The passengers’ airbags were working fine and it was evident that the passengers had not worn a seat-belt. Princess Diana seated in the right passenger seat, behind; was conscious. A photographer who saw her, noted that she was bleeding from the nose and the ears; her head was rested on the behind portion of the front passenger’s seat. The photographer tried to extricate her from the car but her feet were stuck. He told her that help was on the way but there was no reply from Diana, all she did was blink.
The first person to examine Diana was Dr. Frederic Maillez, who found that there were no visible injuries on her body but she seemed to be in a state of shock. He arranged for oxygen supply. He had stopped to help the woman, not knowing that she was actually Princess Diana. ”I tried to comfort her as best I could and ask where the pain was,” he said. ”I said that the ambulance would soon be there and that everything would be okay — all the things you say to soothe someone who is suffering.”
”She kept saying how much she hurt as I gently put a resuscitation mask over her mouth. If there were other words from the Princess. I cannot remember them and would not repeat them if I could; there is a duty between doctor and patient.I hope she felt comfortable. I hope she heard my words. I don’t know if she did, but at least I tried to make her feel better.”
Here is the phone transcript of Dr Frederic Mailliez to the Paris Fire Service, the call was taken by a certain Corporal Bourdon in the dispatch room at 0.26 AM on August 31,1997.
Cpl Bourdon: Fire brigade, Hello.
Dr Mailliez: Hello, it’s Dr Mailliez, there’s been a serious accident with at least three people seriously injured, but I’m not sure where I am exactly. It’s on the embankment.
Cpl Bourdon: You are on the Alma Bridge, aren’t you, by the Place de la Concorde? Dr Maillez: It’s before that, before.
Cpl Bourdon: Before it?
Dr Mailliez: Oh yes, we’re before it.
Cpl Bourdon: You say that there are people seriously injured. What does that mean for you?
Dr Mailliez: There are one or two who appear to be dead and two others seriously injured. I can’t tell you any more than that.
Cpl Bourdon: OK.
Dr Mailliez: We’ll need at least two ARs. (The court heard that ARs are ambulances equipped for resuscitation). Cpl Bourdon: We’re on our way, we’re on our way.
The police patrol team arrived at 12.30, the seven paparazzi who were spotted were arrested. Diana was removed from the car at 1.00 but she suffered a cardiac arrest. The doctors tried using cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Diana’s heart began to function again. She was shifted to the SAMU ambulance at 1. 17 AM. The ambulance left the place of the car crash at 1. 41 AM and arrived at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital at 2:06 am. While the doctors tried to save her, they found that Diana’s heart had been dislocated from the left to the right side of the chest, tearing the pulmonary vein and pericardium in the process. Despite prolonged resuscitation attempts, internal cardiac massage; the internal injuries proved to be grave and Princess Diana died at 4 am.
Initial reports stated that Diana’s car had a collision with a pillar as it travelled at the speed of 120 miles per hour (190 km/h); the speedometer was also seen fixed at that position. Later, it was said that the car’s real speed was 60-70 mph (95-111 kilometers per hour) and the speedometer was digital. The second theory was conflicted because the Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class in which they were traveling, had an analogue speedometer. Daimler Benz producer of Mercedes cars said that both theories about the speedometer were fallacious because if a Mercedes crashes, the speedometer goes directly to zero. A French investigation two years later said that the Mercedes had actually come into contact with a white Fiat Uno in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. But no official identification of the car could be made. Fresh conspiracy theories about Princess Diana still keep on surfacing.
Princess Diana Before Death Photos
These are the last pictures of Princess Diana leaving the Ritz Hotel and the last few ones are the pictures taken from Paparazzi
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