One of the emergency responders who was first on the scene has revealed what Princess Diana said to him when he was holding her hand after the shocking car crash in Paris.
The tragic death of the princess 26 years ago affected people who loved her around the world. He was just 36 when he died after a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.
To be honest I thought he would live. As far as I knew, she was alive when she got into the ambulance and I expected her to live. But later I found out that he had died in the hospital
Dodi’s partner Al Fayed was also killed in the fatal traffic accident, as well as the driver of the fatal car.
In the wake of the accident in the Pont de L’Alma tunnel in the French capital, rescuers immediately rushed to the scene.
Events that will be presented in the final cycle of the Netflix series The Crown, which will be released on November 16.
One of the people who tried to save Princess Diana was firefighter Xavier Gourmelon, who did not recognize Princess Diana.
Photo of Princess Diana’s fatal car accident in Paris
Princess Diana’s last moments
He assumed that Princess Diana was not seriously injured as her eyes were open and she was still conscious.
Before she was pulled out of the fatal car, the firefighter held her hand and comforted her, according to the Mirror.
“Oh my god, what happened?” Princess Diana reportedly asked him at the time. Unfortunately he went into cardiac arrest moments later.
“I gave her heart massages and a few seconds later she started breathing again. It was of course a relief because as a first responder to a fatal traffic accident you want to save lives. And I thought that was what I had done. To be honest I thought he would live. As far as I knew, she was alive when she got into the ambulance and I expected her to live. But later I found out that he had died in the hospital. It was very embarrassing,” he told the Sun.
“I know there were serious internal injuries, but the whole episode is still fresh in my mind. And the memory of that night will remain forever. I had no idea at the time that it was Princess Diana. It was only when they put her in the ambulance that one of the rescuers told me it was her,” he recalls.
Despite the frantic efforts of doctors, Princess Diana was pronounced dead at 4 am at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.