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Diana’s bodyguard, 54, is pictured for the first time in five years still bearing scars of the crash

Diana’s bodyguard is now head of safety at AstraZeneca after constructing a profitable new life for himself 1 / 4 of a century after he was left the sole survivor of a crash that killed the princess and her lover, Dodi Al-Fayed. 

Trevor Rees-Jones, 54, who has been noticed for the first time in five years on a household purchasing journey, lives together with his spouse, two kids and their canine in a big indifferent home in Shropshire that he purchased 4 years in the past.  

The marks that stay on his face are reminders of the automobile crash on August 31, 1997, which additionally killed Al-Fayed’s chauffeur, Henri Paul. 

Mr Rees-Jones suffered extreme head and chest accidents, spent ten days in a coma, and had his face reconstructed with 150 titanium elements by surgeons working off an previous photograph of him. 

After the incident the former Paratrooper suffered ‘profound’ amnesia and will solely talk by whispering and writing issues down. 

But he now enjoys a quiet household life and a flourishing career – having reportedly earned a fortune as safety director for oil companies big Halliburton in Houston, Texas. 

He returned to his dwelling county of Shropshire five years in the past earlier than beginning his present job at AstraZeneca, the agency behind the Oxford University Covid vaccine. 

A supply instructed The Sun: ‘His life is quiet and uneventful now. He definitely would not court docket publicity or communicate a lot about it. He’s tried to maneuver on and get on together with his life.’

It comes as a brand new documentary aired to mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the fateful night time.  

Trevor Rees-Jones, 54, was noticed in his BMW as he waited for his household whereas they shopped at a Morrisons in Shropshire

Mr Rees-Jones, 54, was the sole survivor of the crash. He is seen in the car on the night. After the incident he suffered 'profound' amnesia and could only communicate by whispering and writing things down

Mr Rees-Jones, 54, was the sole survivor of the crash. He is seen in the automobile on the night time. After the incident he suffered ‘profound’ amnesia and will solely talk by whispering and writing issues down

Mr Rees-Jones (middle, in the blue shirt) guarding Diana during a holiday in Saint Tropez, in the south of France, in 1997

Mr Rees-Jones (center, in the blue shirt) guarding Diana throughout a vacation in Saint Tropez, in the south of France, in 1997

The programme heard from French detective Martine Monteil, a former head of the elite Brigade Criminelle police unit, who was at the scene in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel shortly after the crash. 

She recalled how she discovered items from the wrecked automobile, proof of braking and traces of paint on the car Diana had been inside. 

The officer’s testimony is featured in episode one of Investigating Diana: Death In Paris, a documentary starting tonight on Channel 4.

‘We began to search out these little clues,’ Monteil stated of the preliminary crash scene, in an unique clip of the interview supplied to Mail Online.

‘We noticed indicators of braking. Pieces of purple mild from one other automobile. On the facet of the automobile had been traces of paint. I used to be obsessive about discovering issues as a result of it is vital.’ 

Monteil added: ‘I even discovered some tiny pearls. They belonged to the Princess.’

The four-part raises contemporary questions over why a observe detailing the princess’s fears that she can be killed in a automobile accident was saved locked in a protected by Scotland Yard for years. 

Diana had referred to as a meeting together with her personal lawyer Lord Mishcon in October 1995 and instructed him her considerations {that a} crash can be staged and made to seem like an accident.

He made a contemporaneous observe of the meeting, which he handed to the Met Police after the crash. It was solely handed over to the inquest into Diana’s loss of life in 2003 after her former butler Paul Burrell produced the same observe. 

A French detective told Channel 4 how she found pieces from the wrecked car, evidence of braking and traces of paint

A French detective instructed Channel 4 how she discovered items from the wrecked automobile, proof of braking and traces of paint

The Princess of Wales is pictured at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington DC in June 1997

The Princess of Wales is pictured at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington DC in June 1997

Barrister Michael Mansfield stated the choice to sit down on the so-called ‘Mishcon observe’ ‘demonstrated a severe reluctance to have this correctly investigated from the starting’.

Mr Mansfield, who represented Fayed’s father Mohamed Fayed, instructed the programme: ‘The observe is vital as a result of it is equal to anyone’s premonition.

‘If you had been a police officer investigating it, you’d wish to hand the account over to the French. They did not try this. 

‘They stick it in the protected and so they do not reveal it. They sat on it for years to guard half of the institution, specifically the Royal Family.

‘What it demonstrates is severe reluctance to have this correctly investigated from the starting.’  

Brigade Criminelle chief Martine Monteil, who was first to arrive on the scene, recalled how they found 'tiny pearls'

French police chief chief Martine Monteil (pictured in November 2018) was one of the first on the scene

Brigade Criminelle chief Martine Monteil (proper), who was first to reach on the scene, recalled how they discovered ‘tiny pearls’ (left)

The wreckage of Princess Diana's car is lifted on a truck in the Alma tunnel of Paris on August 31, 1997

The wreckage of Princess Diana’s automobile is lifted on a truck in the Alma tunnel of Paris on August 31, 1997

Diana met together with her lawyer at Kensington Palace. Mr Mansfield stated: ‘It appears to me what she needed to do was depart a marker down with anyone related with the authorized career.’ 

Former Met chief Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, who headed Operation Paget – which investigated all 104 allegations and conspiracy theories about Diana’s loss of life – stated he was first made conscious of the observe’s existence when he grew to become commissioner in 2000, taking up from Sir Paul Condon.

On the choice to place it in a protected and never reveal it, Lord Stevens added: ‘That was a call made by Paul Condon – he mentioned it with Lord Mishcon and he did not assume there was something in that.’

The documentary collection, which started final night time, additionally reveals that police contacted Prince Philip after former Harrods boss Mr Fayed made accusations that he was concerned in Diana’s loss of life.

Officials found 'pieces of red light from another car' at the scene of the crash. The inquest into Diana's death ruled in 2008 that she was 'unlawfully killed', partly because of the 'gross negligence' of the driver

Officials discovered ‘items of purple mild from one other automobile’ at the scene of the crash. The inquest into Diana’s loss of life dominated in 2008 that she was ‘unlawfully killed’, partly as a result of of the ‘gross negligence’ of the driver

Investigators found traces of paint from another vehicle on the side of the car

Investigators discovered traces of paint from one other car on the facet of the automobile

Lord Stevens stated: ‘The allegations about Prince Philip weren’t particular… We contacted him to say do you wish to reply to something that has been stated? But he stated he did not have something so as to add.’ 

Operation Paget dominated that Diana’s loss of life was a ‘tragic accident’. Lord Stevens concluded there was ‘no proof’ of a homicide conspiracy or a cover-up by MI6.

The inquest into Diana’s loss of life dominated in 2008 that she was ‘unlawfully killed’, partly as a result of of the ‘gross negligence’ of the driver. 

Additional reporting by Claire Joseph, Claudia Joseph and Sue Reid. 

Earl Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, stands with Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles at Princess Diana's funeral on September 6, 199

Earl Charles Spencer, the youthful brother of Princess Diana, stands with Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997

Why did not Scotland Yard share the observe on Princess Diana’s worry that she would die in a staged automobile crash? Documentary says it wasn’t handed to Paris investigators till SIX YEARS after tragedy 

By Sue Reid for the Mail on Sunday 

Scotland Yard chiefs face new considerations over their dealing with of a observe detailing Princess Diana’s fears she can be killed in a staged automobile accident.

Diana voiced her fears to her lawyer, Lord Mishcon, in October 1995. She died in a automobile crash in Paris two years later alongside Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

The thriller surrounding the observe is revisited in a four-part documentary – Investigating Diana: Death In Paris – starting tonight on Channel 4 to mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the tragedy.

After Diana’s loss of life, Lord Mishcon handed his contemporaneous typed account of their meeting to senior Metropolitan Police officers who put it in a protected. But the observe was not handed to French authorities investigating her crash for six years.

Diana’s brother and sisters realized of its existence solely greater than a decade after it was written. Princes William and Harry had been additionally left in the darkish for an extended time.

There have even been recommendations of a mysterious addition to the observe, which it has been claimed was designed to present cover to the truth the unique observe was not launched earlier.

Scotland Yard chiefs face new concerns over their handling of a note detailing Princess Diana's fears she would be killed in a staged car accident.

Scotland Yard chiefs face new considerations over their dealing with of a observe detailing Princess Diana’s fears she can be killed in a staged automobile accident.

According to John Morgan, creator of How They Murdered Princess Diana, a second web page was written in pen on a unique pad and on totally different dates.

At his meeting with police chiefs the month after Diana’s loss of life, Lord Mishcon learn his observe aloud to emphasize its significance. He instructed officers that it recorded Diana saying that ‘efforts can be made if to not get rid of her by some accident in her automobile, similar to a pre-prepared brake failure… at the least to see that she was so injured or broken as to be declared unbalanced [in her mind]’.

Michael Mansfield, a lawyer who represented Fayed’s father Mohamed Al Fayed, tells tonight’s programme: ‘The observe is vital as a result of it is equal to anyone’s premonition. If you had been a police officer investigating it, you wish to hand the account over to the French. They did not try this. They stick it in the protected and so they do not reveal it.’

The Mishcon Note, because it grew to become identified, could effectively characteristic in Prince Harry’s controversial memoir, due out later this year.

Harry is stated to be ‘intensely centered’ on investigating his mom’s last hours. Neither he nor his brother had been conscious of key particulars for nearly a decade, in accordance with the documentary. 

In 2006, former Met commissioner Lord Stevens led Operation Paget, which investigated conspiracy theories surrounding the accident. Later that year, he briefed William, then 24, and Harry, 22, at Kensington Palace for 90 minutes about his report’s detailed findings.

Diana voiced her fears to her lawyer, Lord Mishcon (pictured), in October 1995. She died in a car crash in Paris two years later alongside Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul

Diana voiced her fears to her lawyer, Lord Mishcon (pictured), in October 1995. She died in a automobile crash in Paris two years later alongside Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul

Until then, the Princes had solely ‘restricted information’ of the accident. Lord Stevens stated he fielded ‘very pertinent questions’ from the Princes, saying later it was a ‘troublesome session for them’.

‘I used to be in possession of the info of what had taken place, from the starting of the drawback outdoors the Ritz with the automobile, to the loss of life and bringing again the physique,’ he stated. ‘They needed to know the circumstances of the loss of life, what had occurred to their mom, in each side. Some questions had been in element – which I answered, as a result of they hadn’t been instructed of the circumstances.’

Operation Paget concluded that Diana’s loss of life was a ‘tragic accident’. There was, Lord Stevens concluded, ‘no proof’ of a homicide conspiracy or a cover-up by MI6. 

He blamed the drunken driver, Henri Paul, for the high-speed accident, which occurred as Diana and Dodi drove from a dinner at the Ritz resort to an residence.

Lord Mishcon died aged 90 earlier than the inquest however had given an announcement to Operation Paget, which is how the existence of the Mishcon Note emerged and the way Diana’s sister Sarah first heard of it.

Sandra Davis, a lawyer working for Mishcon who was at the Diana meeting, instructed the inquest: ‘Lord Mishcon was involved to take the observe… as a result of he thought that it was vital that the police knew that he had made it and that she [Diana] had stated what she had stated.’

A file was made by police of their September 1997 meeting with Lord Mishcon. It concluded that ‘if it ever appeared’ there have been some suspicious components to the loss of life crash, the lawyer or his agency can be contacted by Scotland Yard.

But when the similar file appeared at the inquest years later, it had a second web page hooked up with wording that backed up the police choice to maintain the observe secret.

The Mishcon Note got here to mild when Diana’s butler, Paul Burrell, revealed that he possessed the same letter from Diana predicting her loss of life. Lord Mishcon tried to contact Lord Stevens and police consulted attorneys about what to do with the Mishcon Note in the protected.

It finally arrived on the coroner’s desk from Scotland Yard on December 30, 2003. An inquest into Diana’s loss of life was opened per week later, then adjourned. It concluded in 2008 that she was ‘unlawfully killed’, partly as a result of of the ‘gross negligence’ of the driver.

Princes William and Harry did not study key particulars of how their mom died for nearly a decade, in accordance with a brand new Channel 4 documentary 

By Claudia Joseph for the Mail on Sunday 

Princes William and Harry did not study key particulars of how their mom died for nearly a decade, in accordance with a brand new Channel 4 documentary on the conspiracy theories surrounding the tragedy.

Former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens, whose investigation into her loss of life varieties the foundation of the programme, revealed that the two princes had solely ‘restricted information’ of the 1997 accident in Paris.

Nine years later, in December 2006, Lord Stevens was invited to Kensington Palace to transient the William and Harry about his report’s detailed findings forward of publication.

It was, he stated, a ‘troublesome session for them’, which lasted some 90 minutes. He fielded ‘very pertinent questions’ from the Duke of Cambridge, then 24, and Duke of Sussex, 22.

‘I used to be in possession of the info of what had taken place, from the starting of the drawback outdoors the Ritz with the automobile, to the loss of life and bringing again the physique,’ Lord Stevens instructed The Mail on Sunday.

‘I went in and had an hour, an hour and a half, with them, giving them the particulars of what occurred. Over half the time, I used to be answering their questions.

Former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens, whose investigation into her death forms the basis of the programme, revealed that the two princes had only 'limited knowledge' of the 1997 accident in Paris (Pictured: William, Diana and Harry at a the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park in 1995)

Former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens, whose investigation into her loss of life varieties the foundation of the programme, revealed that the two princes had solely ‘restricted information’ of the 1997 accident in Paris (Pictured: William, Diana and Harry at a the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park in 1995)

‘I sat reverse them and so they sat collectively on the sofa. I do know they believed me.

‘Generally, they needed to know the circumstances of the loss of life, what had occurred to their mom, in each side.

‘Some of the questions had been in element – which I answered, as a result of they hadn’t been instructed of the circumstances.

‘I believe that was an vital factor to do, for them – and I believe they appreciated that. It was fairly an emotional session.’

‘It was so intense, to be completely trustworthy, I do not assume any of us needed a espresso or any drink. They had very pertinent questions on what occurred to their mom and I used to be there to answer these questions.’

Lord Stevens tells the documentary he’d been in contact with Prince William as half of his preliminary fact-finding stage of his inquiry,.

‘We exchanged correspondence to inquire about what William knew about his mom and her habits beforehand,’ he stated, ‘and whether or not she stated something about getting married to Dodi, which he did not learn about in any respect.’

Lord Stevens additionally reveals that neither of the princes believed any of the allegations made by Mohammed Al Fayed, father of Dodi, who additionally died in the crash, on August 31, 1997.

During the years after the accident, the former Harrods proprietor had provided a litany of wild theories and barely credible accusations, not least that the princess had been pregnant at the time of her loss of life and that key members of the royal household had been one way or the other concerned in an extravagant homicide plot.

The subsequent report discovered that each one conspiracy theories – some 104 in complete – had been completely with out basis.

Prior to the report’s publication, Lord Stevens had tried to transient Al Fayed on its contents. But, regardless of having had weekly conferences throughout the three-year investigation, the Egyptian-born businessman turned him away.

‘I went right down to Harrods, and he refused to see me,’ he stated. ‘We gave him the outcomes of the report by way of his authorized staff, and he refused to see me.’

In the documentary, Lord Stevens additionally particulars how he interviewed Prince Charles at St James’s Palace a few observe written by Diana – and left in the pantry of Kensington Palace for her butler, Paul Burrell, to search out.

In it, she predicted that she would die by way of ‘brake failure and severe head harm’.

It was later prompt that disgraced BBC journalist Martin Bashir – who used bogus papers to con the princess into granting him an interview for Panorama, in 1995 – had exacerbated her sense of paranoia at the time the observe was written.

‘The allegation needed to be investigated,’ Lord Stevens tells the documentary, ‘whether or not it is the future King of England or anybody else. You need to go there. No one is above the regulation.

‘I wasn’t frightened of the Establishment; the choice was made to see Prince Charles as a result of of the Burrell letter and the allegations made in that letter.

‘Princess Diana had said that she was going to be murdered by her husband. We needed to see if there was any substance to that, and we needed to have his reply to it.

‘I’m positive nothing like that had ever occurred earlier than, in order that was unprecedented. He did not thoughts being concerned in any means form or type and that was famous.’

Lord Stevens was amongst dozens of law enforcement officials, medical professionals, firemen and eye witnesses interviewed for the four-part collection, Investigating Diana: Death in Paris, which begins on Channel 4 tonight.

It covers the twin investigation into Diana and Dodi’s deaths, the preliminary 1997 inquiry by the French Brigade Criminelle and Operation Paget, in addition to the inquest into the pair’s deaths, and options interviews with each police forces.

Alan Brown, who was Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner at the time of the report, instructed the programme: ‘Ultimately, you had two younger boys grieving. They had been in all probability extra affected than anyone else.

‘To have anyone recommend that their father and their grandfather had some accountability for their mom’s loss of life, , irrespective of how small that sort of concern was – and the undeniable fact that it was always being repeated in the press – to have the ability to give them confidence as to what occurred and why it occurred in itself was actually vital.’ 

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