The Bodyguards Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor by Trevor Rees-JonesWhere were you when Diana died?
For Trevor Rees-Jones the answer is simple: he was in the same hospital as Diana, fighting for his own life a few rooms away. As bodyguard to her companion Dodi Fayed, he was with the couple when, hounded by paparazzi and with a driver who turned out to be drunk, their Mercedes crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel under the Place de lAlma in Paris. Dodi and the driver, Henri Paul, died instantaneously, medics say; Diana was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors worked feverishly to resuscitate her before giving up in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Miraculously, Trevor survived. But his condition was critical -- internal chest injuries and a broken wrist were the least of it. His head had taken the brunt of the impact and suffered catastrophic damage; his face was crushed beyond recognition. In a stunning medical drama, however, a facial surgeon performed a miracle of reconstruction, and -- along with Trevors own indomitable will and the support of his family and friends -- the bodyguard was able to leave hospital after just over a month. His goal then was straightforward: to return to a normal life as soon as possible, go back to work for his employer, Mohamed Al Fayed, and to the simple pleasures of rugby and his mates at home in Shropshire.
But the crash that nearly killed him had killed Diana, Princess of Wales, one of the most famous women of the late twentieth century. A normal life was no longer an option. And as Mohamed Al Fayeds grief at the loss of his son quickly turned into a desperate hunt for reasons, for culprits and conspiracy, Trevor found his unswerving loyalty to the Boss at first questioned and then,ultimately, destroyed, as Fayed pointed the finger of blame at him.
THE BODYGUARDS STORY grippingly describes, for the first time, Trevor Rees-Joness part in these astonishing events. From the prelude to Paris, when Trevor foun
Bodyguard: All I remember is Diana's voice
The news of Princess Diana's death on August 31, shook the world as the People's Princess died aged 36 after the car she was riding in crashed in Paris. Mr Rees-Jones, who now goes by the name Trevor Rees, suffered tremendous injuries, but was the only person to survive the crash. Mr Rees has been unable to recollect what happened on that tragic night between the moment he entered the car and the crash. This has attracted towards him criticism and even made him the protagonist of conspiracy theories. Eight years later, Mr Rees, who underwent 10 hours of surgery in the days following the crash, shared what he thought he could recall from night, but warned even he doubted his recollection. In the mids during a Metropolitan Police investigation, Dr Maurice Lipsedge, a psychiatrist, also confirmed Mr Rees had suffered memory loss as a result of the crash. Dr Lipsedge said: "Trevor Rees-Jones remembers getting into the Mercedes in the Rue Cambon and the car driving off, he remembers nothing after that.
1. Trevor Rees Was Hired as a Bodyguard by Dodi Fayed’s Father Mohamed Al-Fayed
Retired MI5 Agent Confesses On His Deathbed I Killed Princess Diana
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones details missing four minutes before Paris crash. Source:News Limited. One of the last photos of Diana, Princess of Wales, shows only a blur of her famous blonde hair in the back seat of a Mercedes as it leaves the Ritz Hotel in Paris on August 30, Next to him, in the front passenger seat is a blonde man looking deeply concerned. That man is Trevor Rees-Jones, a former soldier turned private bodyguard who — for more than 20 years — has held the clues to what happened that terrible night. The only person to survive the horrifying smash was Mr Rees, a bodyguard for the Al-Fayed family. He now only goes by the name Trevor Rees.
We look back at the ex-paratrooper's role in the event that shocked the world. It was in this job that he came to be guarding al-Fayed's playboy son Dodi in the summer of when he was accompanied on holiday by Princess Diana. They intended to stay at the Ritz hotel owned by Dodi's father, but found themselves besieged by paparazzi. Mr Rees suffered severe brain and chest injuries and every bone in his face was broken. Surgeons used pieces of titanium to rebuild his smashed face, using family photos as a guide.