First Ever Interview with Firefighter who Tried to Save Princess Diana
The firefighter who tried to save Princess Diana’s life spoke out in a public interview with The Sun 20 years after the tragic death of the influential and adored Princess Diana. The 50-year-old, Xavier Gourmelon, gave personal insight on what happened and even revealed Diana’s final words.
Gourmelon was almost positive that he saved Diana in the car crash that took place two decades ago. He managed to resuscitate her and her heart was beating, so he assumed that she survived. But, Diana, at 36-years-old died on August 31, 1997 despite his heroic efforts.
Initially, the firefighter had no idea that he was trying to save Diana, and took the event as any other road accident. Also, he didn’t notice anything significantly wrong with Diana aside from a slight injury on her right shoulder. “There was no blood on her at all,” he told the Sun.
Gourmelon gave her CPR, she started to breathe again, and then she said her final words to him.
“I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still, I said I was there to help and reassured her. She said, ‘My God, what’s happened?'”
Even though Gourmelon thought he had saved her life after this, Diana ended up dying on the ambulance ride to the hospital. This was extremely upsetting for Gourmelon, to say the very least, and he will always have this horrifying memory.
“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,” he said.
Gourmelon finally opened up to the media because he is no longer in the fire service, and was forbidden to speak about it while he was.
“This is the first time I have spoken to the media,” he said. “As a fireman you are part of the French military so you are forbidden to talk. Now I have left the fire service I felt it was OK.”