Princess Diana had a fling with Dodi Fayed the summer time she tragically died. After getting divorced from then-Prince Charles and splitting from boyfriend Hasnat Khan, Diana was single heading into the summer time of 1997 — till she met Dodi, an Egyptian filmmaker, by means of his father, billionaire businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed. Diana and Dodi have been relationship for just one month after they have been each killed in a automotive accident in Paris in August 1997.
The ultimate season of The Crown, premiering November 16 on Netflix, will discover Diana and Dodi’s temporary romance that ended with their tragic deaths. Maintain studying for the pair’s full relationship timeline.
1986: Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed Meet at a Polo Match
Diana and Dodi truly met in 1986, over ten years earlier than they fell in love. They crossed paths at a polo match the place Dodi was enjoying in opposition to Charles at Windsor Nice Park, in line with numerous studies. On the time, the Princess of Wales was married to Charles. Dodi, in the meantime, obtained married to mannequin Susanne Gregard that yr, however they divorced in 1987.
1992: Princess Diana Goes to Dodi Fayed’s Film Premiere
On April 7, 1992, Diana introduced her sons Prince William and Prince Harry to the London premiere of Hook. Dodi was an government producer on the movie starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts.
Jim Hart, a screenwriter for Hook, advised Self-importance Honest in 2011 that Dodi “admired and revered” Diana “from afar” on the premiere. “He talked about her, what a great lady she was,” Jim claimed.
July 1997: Princess Diana Goes on Trip with Dodi Fayed’s Father
Diana fashioned a friendship with Mohamed Al-Fayed following her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles. In July 1997, Mohamed — who was the proprietor of Harrods division retailer — invited Diana and her two sons to his yacht, the Jonikal, in Saint Tropez, France. Mohamed invited Dodi to hitch them on the ship, which he did regardless of being allegedly engaged to American mannequin Kelly Fisher. Rumors say that Dodi secretly break up time between Diana and Kelly in France, earlier than he began a secret relationship with the Princess of Wales.
August 10, 1997: Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed Kiss in Photographs
Diana and Dodi’s relationship was uncovered on August 10, 1997, when The Sunday Mirror revealed photographs of the couple kissing on the Jonikal. 5 days later, Kelly sued Dodi for breaking their engagement. She claimed they have been speculated to get married on August 9, 1997 however Dodi left her for Diana, in line with PEOPLE. Dodi’s representatives reportedly denied that he was ever engaged to Kelly. She later dropped the lawsuit.
August 23, 1997: Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed Trip in France Once more
With their romance now public, Diana and Dodi took one other week-long trip within the south of France on August 23, 1997. They have been continuously adopted by the paparazzi whereas they have been aboard Mohamed’s yacht in the course of the journey. Years later, Mohamed reportedly claimed that Diana and Dodi obtained engaged throughout their last trip collectively, however that has not been confirmed to be true.
August 31, 1997: Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed Are Killed in Paris
Diana and Dodi went to Paris on August 30, 1997 and had dinner on the Ritz. They left the lodge within the backseat of a black Mercedes with Henri Paul, their driver, and Trevor Rees-Jones, their bodyguard who sat within the passenger seat. Whereas trying to flee from the paparazzi chasing them, Henri crashed the automotive right into a pillar in Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Dodi, who was 42, and Henri have been each killed on impression, whereas Diana died on the hospital hours later. Trevor was the only real survivor of the crash. It was later revealed that Henri had been driving the limousine underneath the affect. Diana, Dodi, and Henri have been all not carrying seatbelts within the crash, an investigation discovered.
The yr after Diana and Dodi’s demise, Muhamed created a memorial to them that was unveiled at Harrods. In 2005, a second memorial, a bronze statue titled “Innocent Victims,” was placed on show on the division retailer.