Princess Diana called to Dodi as she died

Princess Diana called out lover Dodi Fayed’s name as she lay dying in her car crash wreckage, her former bodyguard told her inquest yesterday (23.01.08).

Trevor Rees, the only survivor of the Paris crash will killed Diana, Dodi and driver Henri Paul on August 31, 1997, told the jury at London’s High Court the princess’ dying words were one of the only memories he had from the fatal accident.

However, Rees admitted his mind could be playing tricks and he may have not heard anything. He said: “I remember sitting in the car after the accident. I was in a lot of pain.

“I remember hearing somebody moan and the name Dodi was uttered. But the memories are vague. I sometimes doubt them myself.”

Rees – who broke every bone in his face in the crash – was in the front seat of the Mercedes being driven by Paul.

The jury have previously heard evidence that Paul had been drinking before getting behind the wheel of the car and was over the drink-driving limit. However, Rees said there is no way he would have allowed the princess to get in a car if the driver was obviously drunk.

He said: “At no time did I perceive he had been drinking. If I had, I would have ensured he did not drive the car.”