When I was born, I was unwanted. When I married Charles, I was unwanted. When I joined the Royal Family, I was unwanted. I want to be wanted.” –Diana, Princess of Wales
Where were you the day Diana died? Like the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the tragic death of the Princess of Wales on August 31, 1997 is one of the defining benchmarks in history – an event that touched each of us so profoundly we will never forget the moment we heard the news.
Twenty years after the Paris car crash that ended Diana’s life at age thirty-six, the story of her remarkable life and tragic death still have the power to mesmerize. Following her storybook wedding to Prince Charles, she had evolved from “Shy Di” into the planet’s most photographed, written-about, and talked-about woman – indeed, the most famous person in the world.
For all Diana’s global fame, much of the human drama that swirled around her death remained veiled in mystery and intrigue. Here, in the manner of his other 17 New York Times bestsellers, Christopher Andersen draws upon important sources – many of whom are agreeing to speak for the first time – to re-create in vivid and often startling detail the events leading up to that fateful night in Paris. Among the many revelations: