The glamorous life and legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales has fascinated audiences for decades. As the first wife of Prince Charles and mother to William and Harry, she captured everyone’s hearts and minds with her charming personality and strong sense of fashion.
Diana was also one of the first members of the royal family to speak candidly about her own mental health issues and eating disorder on the international scene, and quickly became the “princess of the people”. His tragic untimely death, however, triggered continuing interest for more than two decades, countless documentaries, books, media coverage and even a new opera.
Now a new HBO documentary, Princess, explores Diana’s life in the public eye using archival audio and video recordings to paint a picture of the toxic nature of her constant media exposure and the events that led to her death.
The documentary should be released on August 13, around the 25e anniversary of his death.
When news broke that the beloved princess and young mother was dead, he completely shook the world. And though you’ve probably heard some things about his death, it’s been 25 years now and you may be fuzzy on the details. Here’s what you need to know.
When did Princess Diana die?
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997.
How she died?
Diana died in a high-speed car accident.
Shortly after midnight, a Mercedes-Benz left the Ritz hotel in Paris carrying the Princess and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, an Egyptian film producer. (Diana and Charles divorced in 1996 after four years of separation). The car, which was traveling at least 60 miles per hour, crashed into a pillar in an underpass by the Seine, by BBC and the Associated press.
Diana, Dodi and their driver, Henri Paul, all died as a result of the accident. Toxicology reports later showed that Henri had a very high blood alcohol level, according to CNN.
Prior to the accident, the paparazzi had also aggressively followed the car, and the crash raised many questions about the price of stardom and the extreme media exposure Diana received while she was alive.
The paparazzi were initially blamed for the accident, but in 1999 a French judge ruled that the fault lay with Paul due to his high blood alcohol level and prescription drugs in his system, by British.
Where did she die?
Princess Diana died in Paris, according to CNN. The princess was still alive after the accident and she was transported to Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries at 4:53 a.m. on August 31, according to The Independent.
Who else died in the car?
Diana’s boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, also died in the accident, according to CNN. The sole survivor of the crash was Trevor Rees-Jones, who was Dodi’s bodyguard. He was left in a coma for 10 days but is now AstraZeneca’s global security chief, according to the Daily mail.
While Dodi and Henri were killed instantly, Diana was alive when paramedics arrived on the scene, BBC reported. She died the next morning in hospital.
How old was Diana when she died?
Diana was only 36 when she died. She left behind her two sons, Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12.
What was Diana’s official cause of death and what injuries did she have?
Diana suffered multiple injuries in the accident. She suffered a concussion, a broken arm and a cut on her thigh, according to United Press International.
But his deadliest injuries were serious chest wounds. She had a tear in her left pulmonary vein which caused internal bleeding, The Independent reported. His heart had stopped beating, and despite the surgery, it could not be restarted.
What were Diana’s last words?
French firefighter Xavier Gourmelon said The sun that he and his colleagues were the first to arrive on the scene – and that they didn’t realize who it was in the car at first.
Before Diana was pulled from the car, Xavier claims she said, “My God, what happened?” She then went into cardiac arrest on a stretcher.
Xavier gave her CPR and said she seemed stable when she left in the ambulance.
Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, health and sex, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more. She has a master’s degree from American University, lives near the beach, and hopes to one day own a teacup pig and a taco truck.