Princess Diana was known and loved around the world. Princess Diana’s death anniversary falls on August 31, when the beloved princess was killed in a car accident in France in 1997. After the troubles of her marriage with Prince Charles were highly publicized, she and her husband divorced. That divorce was finalized in 1996. Diana found love with filmmaker Dodi Al-Fayed.
Al-Fayed was also killed in the crash, as was the driver Henri Paul. It was generally accepted that Paul was speeding to overtake the paparazzi when he lost control of the car, but there have always been some questions. Whatever the cause of the fatal accident, Diana’s death sent shock waves around the world and devastated her family.
Princess Diana’s funeral watched around the world
Princess Diana’s funeral was televised and people around the world watched the funeral. In the procession are portraits lit in the public consciousness from that day, including a moving praise by Princes William and Harry and Diana’s brother Charles Spencer.
His moving eulogy drew tears and accolades across the world. The Earl of Spencer greatly admired his older sister. USA Today There is a text of praise. In it, Spencer talks about Diana’s good efforts, her maternal instincts, and her difficulty navigating the criticism she’s received. Spencer said:
“Diana once explained to me that it was her innermost sense of pain that made it possible for her to connect with her constituency that was rejected.”
He also said that she was a childish and insecure person at heart. He tried to do good not just because he felt good, but to overcome what he thought was his inherent incompetence.
But, he added, “basically she hadn’t changed at all from the older sister who raised me as a kid.”
He ended the praise by speaking directly to Princes Harry and William. He spoke of Diana’s love and protection for her children and promised them that, while he would never know the depth of their grief, they would always be loved.
What were the last words of Princess Diana?
Princess Diana’s final words were not made public until 20 years after the accident.
One of the firefighters, who was earlier at the scene of the tragic accident, looked after the injured woman. Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon said he sincerely thought Diana would survive the accident. He had only a visible injury to his shoulder, he said, according to Independent.
On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, Gourmellen said he spoke his last words. Diana said:
“Oh my god, what happened?”
Gourmellan also said that neither Princess Diana or the other passenger, Dodi al-Fayed, was wearing her seatbelt. The family said it was not Diana’s specialty.
Princess Diana’s death has left a tragic legacy
Princes William and Harry have spoken openly about what they felt after the tragic death of their mother. The last photo of Princess Diana with son Prince William saw them laughing and smiling, a reminder that the young princess had a close bond with her sons.
The most famous interview, and perhaps even the most infamous one, was given by Princess Diana in 1995. In that interview, BBC journalist Martin Bashir got face-to-face access to Diana, and she talked with Prince Charles about marital issues, her affair, her depression, and her bulimia. It was an interview that changed the way the world saw not only Princess Diana, but the entire royal family as well.
Both Princes William and Harry have accused Bashir and the BBC of lying and manipulating them to get Diana to speak, as she did. NPR. They both said that the results of that interview directly influenced what happened later.
Prince William described the news of his mother’s death as his saddest memory. He was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland when he learned of the tragedy, says People. Prince William said he found “comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors” and as a result, he feels a deep connection with Scotland.
Prince Harry had a more volatile reaction. NBC tells us that he was furious about what had happened and that justice had not been served. During his interview with Oprah, he said that he fell into alcohol and drugs after the death of his mother and felt completely neglected by the royal family.
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