Princess Diana watched lover Dodi Fayed die, a court heard yesterday (28.11.07).
Dodi died almost instantly after the couple’s car crashed in a Paris tunnel on August, 31, 1997, but Diana was still alive following the smash and witnessed him lose his fight for life.
Sebastien Dorzee, the first policeman to arrive at the scene in the Pont d’Alma underpass, described how he heard the princess – who died later in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash – mutter, ‘My God,’ as she watched Dodi dying.
The patrol officer was flagged down by passers-by moments after the couple’s Mercedes crashed into pillar 13 and Dorzee said although Diana was bleeding, she appeared to be in the best shape of all the passengers.
He told the jury at inquest in Diana and Dodi’s death at London’s High Court: ‘The princess had half turned round in relation to her initial position and her head was between the two front seats, facing sideways and she could see her boyfriend just in front of her.
‘She moved, her eyes were open, speaking to me in a foreign language. I think that she said ‘My God’ on seeing her boyfriend dying.
‘At the same time she was rubbing her stomach, she must have been in pain. She turned her head towards the front of the car, saw the driver and I think then she had an even better realisation of what was happening. She became agitated.
‘A few seconds later she looked at me. Then she put her head down again and closed her eyes.’
Diana was pronounced dead at Paris’ Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, while Dodi and driver Henri Paul were pronounced dead at the scene. The princess’ bodyguard, Trevor Rees, was the only survivor but suffered horrific
Dorzee also criticised the paparazzi at the scene of the crash, describing them as ‘vicious and repellent’ as they repeatedly insulted him and argued with each other.
Dorzee tried to take Diana’s pulse below her chin and speak to her as well as he could in English.
He added: ‘I maintained this position, all the while trying to get the photographers, who were going at one another and insulting me, out of the way.’