Two Decades Later, First Responder Shares Princess Diana's Final Words for the First Time

September 01, 2017Sep 01, 2017

The world vividly remembers the tragic day that Princess Diana died. It happened 20 years ago but some people feel like it was yesterday.

For the first time since the tragic car wreck that claimed the life of the Princess, the firefighter who treated her at the scene is opening up. In a shocking interview, he revealed her final words.

"The car was a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident," Xavier Gourmelon said when his team arrived at the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. "We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. Diana said to me, 'My God, what’s happened?'"

Gourmelon said he originally expected Diana to make it. He said she didn’t appear to be hurt too badly in the accident.

"She was moving very slightly and I could see she was alive ... 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,” he said.

It was only after Gourmelon and other first responders lifted her out of the wreck that Diana took a turn for the worst. According to reports, she went into cardiac arrest on the stretcher.

"I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she was breathing again," he said. "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 the hospital. It was very upsetting."

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