20 years ago, Diana Spencer the former wife of Prince Charles the prince of Wales and first born child of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had died from fatal injuries followed by a car crash in Paris after the alcohol intoxicated driver lost control of the car steering wheel whilst trying to avoid the French paparazzi on motorcycles who were taking photographs of our once beloved Princess of Wales and Queen of our hearts.
But was it her time to leave the troubled world she was living after her stressful divorce from Prince Charles? Diana had been heartbroken and mentally unwell after Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and the divorce along with the never-ending paparazzi stealing her freedom and privacy.
Diana was bulimic and self-harmed
Not a lot of fans of Princess Diana knew she was suffering because she suffered in silence. In an interview, she stated her anger, sadness and frustration and admitted that she was hurting herself because she didn’t want to hurt anybody else. With Charles’ constant pursing of Camilla and negligence of Diana, Diana felt unwanted and unattractive and believed she wasn’t good enough for Charles nor the actual royal family so she began the self-harming and making herself sick after food believing she was overweight and felt like her relationship had failed.
Diana was doomed before the end
Even after moving on and finding new people, Diana still suffered. She met and fell in love with British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon Hasnat Khan but their relationship soured after Diana’s invasion of privacy and continuous rumours about Mr. Khan & Diana’s relationship. Diana decided to terminate the relationship due to the paparazzi stalking her and causing stress for Mr. Khan. Although Diana was then a new woman and was bright, radiant and confident, life was still difficult.
Diana had no freedom, no privacy and the press were giving her a bad name. She did everything in her power to control everything but it still wasn’t enough to give Diana peace.
On the 31st of August, 1997, after leaving Hôtel Ritz Paris with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, then boyfriend Dodi Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul, whilst driving through a tunnel 12:23am, alcohol intoxicated Henri Paul lost control of his steering wheel whilst motorcyclists were photographing Diana and Paul swerved and the car spun around and the back of the car hit the wall of the tunnel, fatally injuring himself, Diana and Dodi Fayed. Dodi Fayed was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:32am, Henri was already dead after the fire brigade removed him from the vehicle, Diana remained strong despite her condition slowly deteriorating, she went into cardiac arrest at 1:00am but was resuscitated and taken away in a SAMU ambulance by 1:18am. Diana arrived at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital at 2:06am but regardless of Diana’s strong will and the medical staff’s attempts to keep our princess alive, Diana’s condition went from bad to worse. She was pronounced dead at 4:00am. Trevor Rees-Jones survived but was devastated and suffered permanent damage from the car crash.
Would Diana’s life be different if she was still alive?
I discussed this with my mother as we both adore Diana and loved her but unfortunately we both agreed that if Diana had still been alive, she would have still been heartbroken and unhappy as she had no freedom, no privacy and no chance at true love.
Most of the pictures I find of Diana show a sad, broken young woman but in this photo, I see a bright, happy, cheerful queen of people’s hearts.
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