When Princess Diana died in the car crash, the entire world mourned her. Now, the final words of the beloved princess have finally been revealed after the firefighter who responded to the scene of the accident, Xavier Gourmelon, has come forward to share what she told him. Although Gourmelon did not know he was about to treat Princess Diana after her car crashed in the Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997, he would find out soon enough.
Because the crash’s aftermath was brutal, Gourmelon focused on the short-haired blonde woman in desperate need of his services. He had no idea that it was her when he arrived at the scene, so he went about his job as he always did – with passion and fervor.
He found her with her eyes open and still conscious. That’s why he gave her oxygen to help keep her awake, and so she could breathe before he even took her out of the crumpled car. Firefighter Gourmelon held her hand and asked her to remain calm. But the scene was brutal, and she could not help but realize it.
“My God! What’s happened?” she asked him. Because she did not seem seriously injured, Gourmelon assumed she would recover completely. She had no blood coming from her and only suffered a minor injury to her shoulder. However, the princess would go on to have a cardiac arrest and die shortly thereafter.
While it has been more than two decades since the crash, firefighter Xavier felt it was finally time to share his portion of the story. He’d left people in the dark for long enough and has remained stalwartly silent about her death except for the one time during the inquest into her death back in 2007.
He told The Sun all the details he could remember about the day he fought to save the life of Princess Diana.
“This is the first time I have spoken to the media. As a fireman, you are part of the French military, so you are forbidden to talk. Now I have left the fire service I felt it was okay.”
Gourmelon spoke about how his team reached the Pont de l’Alma tunnel that night and found the car in ruins. He was one of the responding firefighters because he happened to work at the Malar fire station, not too far away.
“We were very close to there, and it took less than three minutes to reach it. My ten-man team was in two trucks, and we were first to arrive.”
He added, “The car was a mess, and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. The woman who I later found out was Princess Diana, who was on the floor in the back. 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. I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still. I said I was there to help and reassured her.”
The firefighter added, “I gave her some oxygen, and my team and I stayed by her side as she was taken out of the car. It was very quick because we didn’t have to cut any of the wreckage.”
He expected her to live.
“I found out later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting.”
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