Everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing the day Princess Diana died, 10 years ago today. The bleak motorway bridge in Paris is a shrine of sorts every last day of August when flowers appear near the spot where her car left the road. Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed along with Dodi al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul in circumstances many people still find hard to explain. The sense of sorrow remains; less hard to understand for such an iconic figure.
“As many people in the world, probably everyone still wonders kind of, what actually happened, and you know, just a tremendous sense of loss and regret about such a beautiful woman being struck down so early in her life,” said one well-wisher, expressing her feelings in Paris.
This 10th anniversary is being marked by a memorial service at the Royal Military Chapel at London’s Wellington Barracks. Attending will be 500 guests including Diana’s former husband, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and their two sons.
Not attending will be Charles’s new wife Camilla, whom Diana famously described as being the “third person” in her marriage, nor Mohammed al-Fayed, who continues to maintain that his son died in a plot to prevent Diana marrying a Muslim.