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Unforgettable Lady Di

Nearly a quarter of a century on from her death in a car crash in a Paris underpass, the legacy of Diana Spencer still occupies a special place in the British public consciousness. Millions around the world watched Diana’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the public display of grief in Britain was unprecedented. It prompted the prime minister Tony Blair to call Diana “the people’s princess” because of the way she captured the hearts of the nation.
During her life, the Princess of Wales became the most photographed person in the world, with paparazzi being offered up to half a million pounds for pictures of her.

In 1993, exhausted with the persistent press harassment, Diana announced that she wished to retire from public life. The year before her death, she confronted some of her most relentless hunters, screaming at one: “You make my life hell!”
On August 31, 1997, Diana departed the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Paris with her date, Dodi Fayed, the Egyptian son of the owner of luxury store Harrods. Their driver, Henri Paul, tried to outrun the paparazzi but crashed the Mercedes into a cement pillar in a tunnel. Diana died in hospital and only bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived, but suffered memory loss. While courts in the UK ruled that the excessive alcohol in the driver’s blood provoked their deaths, rumours of a murder plot have persisted ever since. These rumours were taken seriously. In 2005 Prince Charles was actually interviewed by the British police as part of an investigation into Diana’s death, but as a witness, not a suspect.