Princess Diana’s heartbreaking final words to firefighter who tried to save her

After the devastating car crash in a Paris tunnel, the emergency services desperately fought to save Princess Diana.

One of the first firefighters at the scene thought he had saved her life after giving her CPR, and he discovered hours later he was wrong.

When Xavier Gourmelon first found the princess he had no idea who she was, but didn’t believe the "blonde woman" in the back of the car was seriously injured as she had her eyes open and was conscious.

Before she was taken out of the car, he held her hand and comforted her, telling her to stay calm.

Diana then asked him: "My God, what’s happened?"

Just moments later she suffered a cardiac arrest.

Speaking to the Sun last year, Mr Gourmelon said: "I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she started breathing again. It was a relief of course because, as a first responder, you want to save lives — and that’s what I thought I had done.

"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. It was very upsetting.

"I know now that there were serious internal injuries, but the whole episode is still very much in my mind. And the memory of that night will stay with me forever.

"I had no idea then that it was Princess Diana. It was only when she had been put into the ambulance that one of the paramedics told me it was her."

She regained consciousness thanks to Mr Gourmelon and his team’s CPR efforts, and they thought she was going to survive.

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Her ambulance left for the hospital at 1.25am, arriving 41 minutes later.

Despite doctors best efforts Diana was declared dead at 4am local time, 3am in the UK, at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital.

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