While we all know the tragic story of the death of Princess Diana, for many of us, it's still a topic rife with questions. The manner in which she died, including the exact timeframe for the horrific accident, has led some to question whether the public had been told the whole truth. And with more and more details coming out as time passes, it could be seen that we're still a long way away from getting the whole story.
The latest revelation comes from the firefighter who tended to the Princess immediately after her terrifying accident. Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon has offered a new and unique perspective on the scene and the state Diana was in - even offering insight into her final words.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on the first of July, 1961.
via: Biography OnlineShe lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy but still had a fairly normal childhood.
via: Biography OnlineShe was often described as shy and kind and was more creative than academically intelligent. She worked a range of fairly regular jobs in her youth, including working at a preschool.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world.
via: Getty ImagesShe lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs - although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn't doing too badly.
But, in 1997, Diana met Prince Charles.
via: Getty ImagesA little known fact about the pair's relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah. Diana and Charles's relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him "sir" throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast.
via: Getty ImagesAfter meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
The two married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral.
via: Getty ImagesThe wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana's three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.
via: Getty ImagesPrince Harry was born on 15th September 1984. However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn't quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...
via: Getty ImagesOne thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.
via: Getty ImagesShe was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
via: Getty ImagesUnlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
via: Getty ImagesOn top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Camilla was even at Diana and Charles's wedding.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to many sources, Diana was aware of the affair, and it was something that continually made her feel inadequate and unconfident throughout her marriage.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed. Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the Royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair.
via: Getty ImagesThe car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L'Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
via: Getty ImagesThe exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.
Diana's death was mourned around the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana's funeral was televised and held on September 6th of 1997.
via: Getty ImagesIt garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K., breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy.
via: Getty ImagesBecause, alongside the world losing a real force for good, two young boys were left without their mother.
On top of this, many had their own suspicions.
via: Getty ImagesThere appeared to be elements of Diana's death which just didn't appear to add up. This had led certain factions to believe that there's more to the story than what the public knows.
Many believe that the Royals had motives for wanting Diana gone.
via: Getty ImagesThe fact that she had divorced a member of the Royal family, and was (according to rumors) carrying the baby of an Egyptian Muslim who would be raised as a step-sibling to the heirs to the throne, could have been seen as a threat to the family.
And there has been extra information that has made Diana's death look suspicious.
via: ITVOne man who seems determined to make his voice of dissent heard is Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon, a firefighter who attended to the scene of the accident.
Photos of the crash have long been a source of skepticism.
via: Getty ImagesThe car was fairly wrecked, but many on the scene report that things didn't look nearly as bad as they were later reported to be. Diana was even supposedly conscious and aware at the time.
The cause of her death has been investigated over the years.
via: Getty ImagesThe one survivor from the crash, Dodi's bodyguard, Trevor Rees, has spoken out about his experience in, and following, the accident.
And Gourmelon's statements have reignited the controversy.
via: Getty Images"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," he said.
And it gets even weirder.
via: Getty Images"To be honest, I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive and I expected her to live. But I found out later she had died in hospital."
The inquest in 2007 returned the verdict of "unlawful killing."
via: Getty ImagesDodi's father, Mohammed Al-Fayed, publicly stated that he believed that the crash was pre-planned. After the verdict was returned, though, he pledged to end his crusade to prove that his son and Diana were murdered for the sake of William and Harry.
The world hasn't forgotten the accident.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2017, the streets of London were paved with tributes to the late Diana to honor the twentieth anniversary of her death. And as time passes, more and more odd details seem set to be revealed.
Because Gourmelon offered another revelation.
via: Getty ImagesThe firefighter also shared Diana's last words - which have led some to believe that she was more cognizant at the scene of the accident than the press want us to believe. According to him, she was asking "My God, what’s happened?"
It seems like we may never know all the details of what happened during the tragic crash.
via: Getty ImagesBut one thing's for sure - whether it was an accident or something more insidious - Diana has been sorely missed in the twenty-two years since her passing, and her positive impact on the world during her thirty-six years can't ever be understated.