The firefighter who tried to save Princess Diana revealed her final moments [Wenn]
After giving her CPR moments after the fatal car crash in 1997, firefighter Xavier Gourmelon was convinced he had brought Princess Diana back to life for good.
Minutes after the crash, Diana was found conscious on the floor in the back of the car, talking to Xavier and asking what had happened.
But the mother of Princes William and Harry suffered a cardiac arrest as she was carefully placed on a stretcher after having been pulled from the wrecked Mercedes.
Wreckage of Princess Diana’s car in the Alma Tunnel of Paris [Getty]
Xavier managed to resuscitate Diana with CPR and was convinced she would survive after her heart started beating again and her breathing continued.
But he was left gutted when he later learned the princess had died hours later in hospital.
He told The Sun: “We were very close to there and it took less than three minutes to reach it. My ten-man team was in two trucks and we were first to arrive.
Princess Diana died age 36 [Getty]
“The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. Diana said to me, ‘My God, what’s happened?'”
He continued: “The woman, who I later found out was Princess Diana, was on the floor in the back. She was moving very slightly and I could see she was alive.
“I could see she had a slight injury to her right shoulder but, other than that, there was nothing significant. There was no blood on her at all.”
Princess Diana died in August 1997 [Getty]
After Xavier held her hand and kept her calm, Diana was removed from the car but stopped breathing moments later.
He added: “I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she started breathing again. It was a relief of course because, as a first responder, you want to save lives — and that’s what I thought I had done.
“To be honest I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive and I expected her to live. But I found out later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting.”
Xavier’s admission is the first time he has spoken publicly about the ordeal – having spent 22 years as a Paris fireman, which is part of the French military, he was not allowed to discuss it.