On the evening of August 30, 1997 Princess Diana and her companion, Dodi Al Fayed decided to cut short their vacation due to the constant presence of paparazzi. They flew aboard Al Fayed's private plane from Sardinia to Paris where they went to the Ritz Hotel, owned by his father, Egyptian businessman Mohammed Al-Fayed. After trying several restaurants but finding too many news cameras everywhere, the couple returned to the Ritz where they decided to have dinner in their room. Diana dined on a mushroom and asparagus omelette as an appetizer followed by Dover sole with a vegetable tempura. Dodi's meal was a Grilled TurbotTattinger with champagne.

After enjoying what seems to have been a very routine dinner together, they left the hotel to go to a private residence owned by Mr. Al-Fayed. Their driver, Henri Paul brought a black Mercedes to the back door of the Ritz where Dodi, Diana and her body guard, Trevor Rees-Jones got in and headed away from the hotel. As they attempted to evade the pursuing paparazzi, it appears the driver lost control and crashed in a Paris tunnel. Both he and Dodi were killed instantly. Paramedics worked to stabilize Princess Diana on the scene then transported her to the hospital. Although she underwent surgery, she was pronounced dead around 4:00 am on Sunday August 31, 1997. Her body guard was the sole survivor.

She was survived by her two sons William and Harry.

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