When Princess Diana died in a fatal car crash in Paris in 1997, Xavier Gourmelon was one of the first emergency service members to attend the scene and has revealed her tragic last words Princess Diana’s harrowing final words were shared by a firefighter who attempted to save her almost 25 years ago.
Xavier Gourmelon was one of the first members of the emergency services that rushed to the scene when the Princess of Wales crashed at 70mph in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris in 1997. The firefighter confessed that he had no clue who the victims of the crash were when he first arrived.
Xavier recalled the haunting and tragic few words the terrified princess said before her heart collapsed. She asked him: “My God, what’s happened?” He said there was no blood on her, but he noticed a slight injury to her right shoulder. Then after just a few moments she tragically died of a cardiac arrest.
Gourmelon previously told The Sun: “The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. “For me this was simply a banal traffic accident, one of many that emergency services have to deal with and it was the usual causes, speed and a drunk driver. “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. “I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still, I said I was there to help and reassured her. She said: ‘My God, what’s happened?'”
The People’s Princess was sitting in the back seat of a Mercedes S-280 alongside her partner Dodi Fayed, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, when the tragic crash happened.
Trevor Rees-Jones, Diana’s bodyguard, was sitting in the front next to the driver Henri Paul. Gourmelon added: “I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she started breathing again. “It was a relief of course because, as a first responder, you want to save lives — and that’s what I thought I had done.
“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. But I found out later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting. “I know now that there were serious internal injuries, but the whole episode is still very much in my mind. And the memory of that night will stay with me forever. “I had no idea then that it was Princess Diana. It was only when she had been put into the ambulance that one of the paramedics told me it was her.”