Today Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

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August 31, 2017 | by: Bill Bradley

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz S280, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Fayed, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

Diana’s death caused a substantial outpouring of worldwide grief, including numerous floral tributes and her funeral on 6 September was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people. The Royal Family were criticised in the press for their reaction to the death, though they were simply following established protocol. Public interest in Diana has remained high, and she has retained regular press coverage.

Although the media blamed the paparazzi following the car, an 18-month French judicial investigation found that the crash was caused by Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk.

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