Prince Harry has called his mother’s sudden death in a car crash in 1997 “a wound that festers” in his life, while his older brother Prince William has described it as “a pain like no other pain.” Princess Diana had then separated from then-Prince Charles five years before the accident and divorced from him for one.
On her last day, Princess Diana was with her partner at the time, 42-year-old Dodi Fayed, a film producer and son of billionaire Harrod’s owner Mohamed Al Fayed, as Christopher Andersen recounted in the book “The Day Diana Died.”
The couple had come to Paris from Sardinia on August 30, 1997, after spending more than a week together around the Mediterranean. When they left Dodi Fayed’s Paris apartment in a Mercedes-Benz driven by Henri Paul- deputy head of security at the Ritz- they were accompanied by bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.
When their car entered the Pont de L’Alma tunnel, Paul lost control of the vehicle after which the vehicle collided into the tunnel’s 13th pillar, resulting in a devastating collision that killed both Paul and Dodi Fayed at the scene.
Princess Diana remained alive as first responders arrived on the scene of the crash.