Just before the crash
She hides in limo’s back
Frightened, scared of what’s to come
(She never did come back)

It’s rare to see such a dramatic and chilling photo, but this shot of one of Princess Diana’s final moments is so eerie that it’s hard to look at for too long. After returning from holiday with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, the two went to Paris to continue their time together.

After leaving the Ritz, Diana and Fayed hopped in a car and drove along the right bank of the River Seine – into the Place de l’Alma underpass, the last place Diana would ever see.

Shortly after midnight, the driver of Diana’s car lost control of the vehicle as paparazzi flanked him from all sides, turning what should have been a short trip into a death drive. After losing control of the car, they struck the right-hand wall and swerved to the left of the two-lane carriageway before colliding head-on with the 13th pillar of the underpass, caving in the car. Diana died at the hospital at four in the morning, her final words were “My God, what’s happened?”

Don Matthews
December 2022

Published by donmatthewspoetry

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