Passerby held dying Diana's hand, inquest hears

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13 November 2007, LONDON - A passer-by held Princess Diana's hand to comfort her as she lay dying after a car crash in a Paris underpass, muttering "My God, My God," her inquest heard.

13 November 2007

LONDON - A passer-by held Princess Diana's hand to comfort her as she lay dying after a car crash in a Paris underpass, muttering "My God, My God," her inquest heard.

Friends Abdelatif Redjil and Belkacem Bouzid were passing the Pont de l'Alma tunnel when they heard the crash which killed Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

Redjil said he arrived before emergency services, and opened the back door of the black Mercedes to find the princess, initially unconscious but then apparently coming round.

"She repeated words like 'My God, My God', I tried to reassure her, telling her in English 'Don't worry'," he said, in a witness statement read to the jury at the London inquest on Monday.

"She opened her eyes but she didn't answer me, she simply continued moving her hand, I think she was unconscious."

In answer to a question, he told the judge: "I did not touch anyone else, I only held the princess's hand."

His friend Bouzid described seeing Diana's watch hanging loose from her wrist, and also remembered her saying: "My God, My God," while a number of paparazzi photographers circled around the crashed car.

"I asked one of the photographers, specifically the fattest one amongst them what I should do," he said. "The fat photographer replied: 'Don't touch anything, it's Princess Diana, she's with Dodi."

Diana, Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul were all killed in the crash as they tried to flee photographers pursuing them from the Ritz hotel in central Paris.

A French and separate British investigation both concluded that the crash was caused by Paul being over the legal alcohol limit and driving too fast.

Fayed's father, the millionaire owner of Harrods department store Mohamed al-Fayed, maintains they were killed in a British establishment plot as they did not want to see the mother to the heir to the throne marry a Muslim.

AFP

Subject: French news

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