What happened in Dianas last 24 hours?
In the final 24 hours of Princess Diana's life, the world was unaware that it stood on the precipice of tragedy. August 30, 1997, unfolded like any other day for the people's princess, and little did anyone know it would be her last.
Diana was in the City of Lights, Paris, accompanied by her companion, Dodi Fayed. The couple had just spent a relaxing summer holiday in the French Riviera and were on their way back to England. The day began with a visit to the Ritz Hotel, owned by Dodi's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed. The paparazzi, drawn to Diana like moths to a flame, were relentless in their pursuit.
As evening descended, the couple decided to dine at the elegant L'Espadon restaurant inside the Ritz. It was an ordinary act, but the world was watching every move. The couple was hounded by photographers as they left the hotel, attempting to capture the intimate moments that would later become hauntingly iconic.
In the late hours of August 30, 1997, Diana and Dodi entered a Mercedes S280, driven by chauffeur Henri Paul. The car sped through the dimly lit streets of Paris, attempting to outrun the paparazzi frenzy. However, tragedy struck in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel when the vehicle crashed. Diana, Dodi, and the chauffeur were involved in a devastating accident that would claim the lives of Dodi and the princess. Henri Paul also perished, leaving only the bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, as the survivor.
The news of Princess Diana's untimely death sent shockwaves across the globe. The circumstances surrounding the crash would be subject to investigations, conspiracy theories, and intense scrutiny for years to come. The world mourned the loss of a woman who had captivated hearts with her grace, compassion, and tireless humanitarian efforts. The last 24 hours of Diana's life became an indelible chapter in history, marking the end of an era and leaving an everlasting impact on the way we perceive royalty and celebrity.