The Day Diana Died

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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 those defining benchmarks in history -- an event that touched each of us so profoundly, we will never forget the moment we heard the news. A full year after the Paris car crash that ended Diana's life at age thirty-six, millions around the world remain in shock. Over the sixteen years since 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 remains veiled in mystery and intrigue. Now, in the manner of his headline-making Kennedy biographies Jack and Jackie and Jackie After Jack, Christopher Andersen draws on important sources -- many of whom have agreed to speak here for the first time -- to re-create in vivid and often startling detail the events leading up to that fateful night in Paris. Diana was, in every sense of the word, larger than life -- a force of nature that, as the Royal Family learned, could be neither dismissed nor ignored. A bittersweet saga of triumph, love, and loss, The Day Diana Died captures those last days when Diana's star never shone brighter -- and evokes the beauty, grace, heartache, and compassion that made Diana one of the most compelling figures of our time.

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A year after Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997, shocking revelations about her passing have surfaced via eyewitness testimony. From the nurse who covered her naked, lifeless body and who answered the queen's immediate query of "where are the jewels?" to the off-duty paramedic who held Diana's head in his hands, The Day Diana Died leaves no sacred rock unturned. What was the expression on Prince Charles's face when he saw Diana's mutilated body? How did Prince William and Harry react when they first heard the devastating news? Was there cocaine in the Mercedes? Inquiring minds want to know, and Christopher Andersen serves up a hefty portion of hearsay for those with an insatiable Diana appetite. Not meant for individuals with delicate sensibilities, this collage of reliable, low-profile sources covers everything from the measurements of Diana and Dodi's wounds to Camilla Parker-Bowles's two cents on her rival's death. In other words, if People magazine were to offer a class about the late princess, The Day Diana Died would be required reading. --Rebekah Warren

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The final days. The startling revelations. The untold story.
What were Diana's true intentions regarding marriage to Dodi Fayed?
What was the secret history of the Mercedes death car that almost guaranteed a fatal accident?
What was the truth about Diana's rumored pregnancy?
How did William and Harry cope with their shock and grief?
What was the Queen's curious behavior when notified of Diana's death?
You are there the day Diana died....

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Where were you the day Diana died? For most, the shock is still a clear and present memory. But the truth behind the tragedy has been something less than clear. Until now.

Bestselling author Christopher Andersen draws on important sources, including hospital workers, palace insiders, emergency workers, eyewitnesses, friends, and family to recreate in vivid, often startling detail, the events leading up to that fateful night in Paris. Here is the story behind the headlines, the last days of Diana, the princess who changed the course of British history. Learn:

What intimate matter preoccupied the princess the night she died.
What other passenger in the car had a record for hit-and-run drunk driving.
Why the most fashionable woman in history lay in her coffin in a borrowed dress.
How Mohamed Al Fayed engineered the romance between a vulnerable Diana and his son Dodi.
Charles's role in forcing the Queen to publicly acknowledge Diana's death.
What mysterious car was also seen in the tunnel that night and played a role in the crash.

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