These were Princess Diana’s last words before she died

The horrifying car accident that killed Princess Diana in 1997 shook not only her country, but the world. As conspiracy theories swirled about what caused the crash, eyewitnesses came forward to share their stories. The final words they heard from the princess emphasize how tragic that fateful night was.

In one of the first detailed accounts in the wake of the accident, French doctor Frederic Mailliez told the Times of London that he’d started treating Princess Diana, not realizing at the time that he was in the presence of royalty. As Diana struggled to breathe, she let out cries of pain and kept repeating how much she hurt until losing consciousness, Dr. Mailliez said. Other reports at the time specifically claimed she’d shouted, “Oh my God, leave me alone.” Meanwhile, rumors like these 18 conspiracy theories about the royal family started circulating.

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1962

Lady Diana Spencer, later the wife of Prince Charles, on her first birthday at Park House, Sandringham.

1963

A very young Diana in a fancy pram.

1963

Lady Di at age 2.

1965

Young Lady Diana in a buttoned up dark coat.

1969

Lady Diana at age 8, wearing a matching dress and headband.

1970

Diana on holiday with her family, causal in a sweater and jeans.

1971

Diana let her hair grow long during her youth, here age 10 in a wide-brimmed black hat.

1980

Diana always had a passion for children, here at 19 working as a Nursery Assistant at a Kindergarten school.

1981

Diana and Charles pose on the day of their engagement, showing off her diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

1981

Diana was stunning on her wedding day, with the most glamorous dress and bouquet -- truly fit for a Princess.

1981

The royal couple during their honeymoon in Scotland.

1981

Diana attended an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in a dress designed by Bellville Sassoon.

1982

Princess Diana, pregnant and glowing at a Polo match in Windsor.

1982

The Prince and Princess visit Wales, Diana wearing a suede beret by John Boyd and a coatdress by Arabella Pollen.

1983

Diana was a vision in yellow as she and Charles visited a school in Alice Springs, Australia.

1983

We're loving the pops of pink in Diana's outfit, here while watching Charles play Polo.

1984

Diana talks with Prince Charles, who is on horseback, at a Polo match.

1984

Diana is pretty in pink while attending the ballet Swan Lake.

1985

Diana and a tiny Prince William leaving the Royal Yacht, the Princess in a belted plaid jacket.

1985

Diana laughs with Nancy Reagan, the two ladies looking radiant in hues of red and white.

1986

Diana rests her chin in her hands on the steps of her home at Highgrove.

1986

Diana at a desert picnic in Saudi Arabia, wearing a purple and white outfit by Catherine Walker.

1987

Diana attended Cannes Film Festival, wearing a stunning ice blue gown by Catherine Walker.

1987

Diana was stunning at an evening function during a visit to Germany, wearing a gown by Victor Edelstein.

1988

Princess Diana during a visit to Melbourne.

1988

Diana and Wills at a polo club, the Princess casually dressed in a blazer with the British Lung Foundation logo on the front of her t-shirt.

1989

Diana looked radiant in red and purple while in Hong Kong, the outfit designed by Catherine Walker.

1989

During her visit to Hong Kong, Diana wore this stunning tiara and white dress, later known as the "Elvis Dress."

1990

The Princess of Wales in mint on an official visit to Hungary.

1990

Diana and her boys, attending a church service.  Diana wore a pink and purple suit by Catherine Walker.

1991

Diana wears her favorite designer once again, Catherine Walker, during an official visit in Brazil.

1991

Diana wore this white dress and black jacket designed by Catherine Walker during a visit to Salisbury.

1992

Diana was stunning at a banquet in Seoul, wearing the Spencer family tiara and a gown by Catherine Walker.

1993

Diana looked lovely in this pastel suit, crouching down to speak with a young boy.

1994

Lord Palumbo greets Princess Diana, wearing a short black cocktail dress designed by Christina Stambolian, as she atttends a gala.

1995

Diana visited army barracks, wearing a Versace suit and a hat by Philip Somerville.

1996

The Princess of Wales was gorgeous in this royal purple gown during a visit to Chicago.

1996

Diana visited Washington, dazzling the entire country in this lovely white gown.

1997

Diana was lovely in this pale blue cocktail dress by Catherine Walker, attending a charity reception.

1997

Diana, Princess of Wales, was radiant in red during another visit to Washington, D.C.

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Even today, new stories are still emerging. On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in 2017, French firefighter Xavier Gourmelon told The Sun that his team was the first to arrive at the site of the crash. He stayed by her while she was taken out of the Mercedes, not recognizing the princess either. Before rescuers helped her out of the car, Gourmelon claimed he heard Diana say, “My God, what’s happened?” before going into cardiac arrest. Gourmelon said he gave her CPR and that she seemed stable when she left in the ambulance, but he’d kept his experience a secret (except when giving evidence in Diana’s inquest in 2007) until leaving the fire department because French firefighters aren’t allowed to talk to the media.

Decades later, Princess Diana’s legacy continues as we learn even more about her, like these secrets about Princess Diana that no one knew about until after her death.

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Groucho Marx, comedian and film star: "This is no way to live!"

Source: "World Play: A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language" by Gyles Brandreth

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Joe DiMaggio, baseball player: "I finally get to see Marilyn."

Source: ABC News

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Leonard Nimoy, actor: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

Technically, this was Leonard Nimoy's last tweet, so they may not be his actual last words.

LLAP is short for "Live long and prosper," a saying made famous by Nimoy's "Star Trek" character Mr. Spock.

Source: Twitter

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Archimedes, mathematician: "Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!"

Archimedes was killed during the Second Punic War. According to the historian Plutarch, a soldier came up to the mathematician and told him to go with him to Marcellus.

Archimedes, however, refused to do so until he finished the problem he was working on. Enraged, the soldier killed him.

Sources: "The Parallel Lives" by Plutarch, "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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Karl Marx, philosopher: "Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."

Source: International Business Times

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Bob Marley, musician: "Money can't buy life."

Source: The Guardian

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Augustus Ceasar, first Roman emperor: "I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble" (reportedly to his subjects)

"Have I played the part well? Then applaud me as I exit." (reportedly to his friends who were with him throughout his reign)

Source: History

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Leonardo da Vinci: "I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."

Source: Huffington Post

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Napoléon Bonaparte, French military and political leader: "France, the army, the head of the army, Joseéphine."

Source: The Guardian

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Humphrey Bogart, actor: "I should have never switched from scotch to martinis."

Source: International Business Times

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Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory: "I am not the least afraid to die."

Source: "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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Marie Antoinette, queen of France: "Pardon me. I didn't do it on purpose."

She reportedly said this after accidentally stepping on her executioner's foot as she climbed the scaffold to the guillotine.

Source: "Famous Last Words" by Alan Bisbort

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Michel de Nostradamus, French apothecary and alleged soothsayer: "You will not find me alive at sunrise."

In other words, Nostradamus' last words were one last (correct) prediction.

Source: "Immortal Last Words" by Terry Breverton

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Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist: "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."

Source: "The Power of Personality" by Sylvia Loehken

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John Adams, second president of the US: "Thomas Jefferson survives."

Adams and Thomas Jefferson started out as rivals, but they became friends later in life. As Adams lay on his deathbed, on July 4, he reportedly noted that his former nemesis was still alive.

However, Jefferson had actually died some hours earlier -- also on July 4.

Source: History

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James Brown, singer and songwriter: "I'm going away tonight."

Source: The Guardian

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Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman: "It is very beautiful out there."

Right before his death, Edison came out of a coma, opened his eyes, and reportedly said the above quote to his wife. He was likely referring to the view outside his window.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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Raphael, painter from the Italian Renaissance: "Happy --"

A close friend of Raphael's, Cardinal Bibbiena, wrote in a letter to his niece that Raphael woke up, looked around, and then asked "Whence comes the sunshine?" He appeared not to hear what his friends said when they spoke to him, and then uttered "Happy..." — but did not finish the sentence. 

Source: "The Last Words (Real and Traditional) of Distinguished Men and Women" by Frederic Rowland Marvin.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, composer and pianist: 

There are a variety of reports regarding Beethoven's last words. Some say the composer, who was deaf by the end of his life, said:

"I will hear in heaven"

while others suggest he said:

"Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est" (Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished)

But still others say that after a publisher brought the composer 12 bottles of wine, his final words were:

"Pity, pity, too late!"

Sources: "The Creative Circle" by Michael Fitzgerald, "Beethoven: The Man Revealed" by John Suchet, Classic FM

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