How did Princess Diana die? A look at the tragic car accident that took the life of the beloved king


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Princess Diana was loved by many and continued to be so after her tragic death in 1997. Diana, who was married to Prince Charles, quickly became a beloved figure. A year after officially filing for divorce, Diana was in a fatal car crash that killed the driver, Henri Paul, Dodi Fayed and the princess.

At the time of the accident, Paul was reportedly under the influence and had a blood alcohol level three times the French legal limit. He crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France, while driving away from paparazzi. Fayed and Paul were killed instantly, but Diana was alive and taken to hospital where she died. The sole survivor of the crash was bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.

There have been many books, movies, and even statues made to honor the late princess. The most recent statue, at Kensington Palace, was unveiled by her two sons William and Harry in 2021 on the day she would have turned 60.

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What were Princess Diana’s last words?

Princess Diana’s last words were “My God, what happened?” Henri Paul, who was driving the car, and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed died instantly, but she survived a few hours after the accident and was taken to La Pitié Salpertière hospital.

A firefighter named Xavier Gourmelon who arrived on the scene noticed that she was still moving slightly and talking. At the time, he didn’t know who she was. He stayed with her until she was taken to an ambulance and heard his last words.

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What is the cause of death of Princess Diana?

The cause of Princess Diana’s death was fatal injuries from the car accident. She was taken to hospital with a concussion, a broken arm, a thigh cut and chest injuries. She also had a tiny but deadly tear in her lung vein. She was operated on for two hours, but doctors couldn’t get her heart to beat again. She eventually died from internal bleeding she suffered as a result of her injuries.

Princess Diana has died from injuries she sustained in a tragic car crash.
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At what age did Princess Diana die?

Princess Diana died on the morning of August 31, 1997. At the time of her death, she was 36 years old.

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What was Princess Diana’s last name?

Princess Diana’s full name was Diana Frances Spencer. She was once known as Lady Diana Frances Spencer, but upon her marriage to Prince Charles, she became Diana, Princess of Wales. While married to Charles, she gave birth to two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.


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