Remembering the 'Princess of hearts' on her 20th death anniversary

Princess Diana leaves Northwestern University in Evanston
Princess Diana leaves Northwestern University in Evanston

01 September, 2017

"She battled to break out of it and she was just starting to have her own identity and sense of independence when she died".

Claiming that he was the one to pull Diana out of the Mercedes after the brutal collision, Gourmelon said the royal suffered cardiac arrest moments after the incident and he was able to successfully resuscitate her.

During the interview, Gourmelon said he remembers trying to calm down Diana's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, who was sitting in the front seat of the vehicle during the accident.

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"She was very friendly and helpful, chatting to the children", he said, recalling how she helped one child into her coat "just like a mum".

William said: "We've got plenty of pictures".

On Wednesday, her sons Princes William and Harry - second and fifth in line to the British throne, respectively - visited a memorial garden dedicated to Diana at Kensington Palace, her former home. The two-hour special centers on the turbulent week following her death on August 31, 1997, after a paparazzi-related vehicle crash in Paris.

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In November 1985, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan welcomed Diana and her husband, Prince Charles, to the White House.

From Princes William and Harry, to music royalty Elton John, thousands of people have stopped to mark 20 years since the death of Princess Diana.

It's impossible not to think about when they were much younger boys, putting on the same fearless faces while mourners brought flowers and mementos to the palace gates all those years ago.

The auto crash shocked the world and saw unprecedented expressions of grief from hundreds of thousands of people who felt a connection with Diana. In some ways, though, her death is proving more hard for them to handle than her life was.

This visit, which was held under the rain, has, according to the statements of Kensington Palace, the permit " to the princes to pay tribute to the work and life of their mother before the 20th anniversary of his death ".

"She will never be forgotten it's something that will be passed down through my whanau".

She died along with Dodi Fayed, her wealthy Egyptian boyfriend of two months, and his driver Henri Paul who was trying to shake off paparazzi photographers.

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