The firefighter who attempted to save Princess Diana’s life following her car accident in 1997 recently shared Diana’s last words for the first time.
In a tell-all interview Gourmelon revealed that the princess was still alive and conscious when he pulled her out of the wrecked car, only to suffer a cardiac arrest as she was placed gently on a stretcher.
“The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. ‘Diana said to me, My God, what’s happened?’
He said that as a first responder, he was trained in resuscitating her after the attack and when her heart started beating again, he was sure that she would survive.
Mr Gourmelon said he was sure Diana would survive. “I could see she had a slight injury to her right shoulder but, other than that, there was nothing significant. There was no blood on her at all. To be honest, I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive and I expected her to live.”
However, he was devastated when he later found out that the princess had passed away at 4 am in the hospital despite the doctors’ efforts to revive her.
At the inquest into the accident in 2008, it was ruled that Diana and Fayed were killed due to the “gross negligence” of the driver Henri Paul, who was drunk.
Even though it has been 20 years, this story is no less heartbreaking today.