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Instead, shortly after midnight on August 31, they went downstairs and waited for about seven minutes near the rear entrance of the Ritz while the workers creating a diversion in front to throw the paparazzi off their scent.
The couple climbed into the back of a Mercedes driven by (as subsequent investigations and inquiries concluded) the Ritz’s head of alcohol security, Henry Paul, who was unexpectedly tasked with taking them back to Dodi’s apartment. Defendant Dodi Trevor Rees-Jones get into the front passenger seat.
Photographers who were not bothered by the ban followed the Mercedes by car and on motorbikes. Henri entered the Pont de l’Alma tunnel and, seconds later, the Mercedes crashed into a column. The driver and Dodi died at the scene, and Diana was taken to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. After life-saving efforts failed, doctors pronounced her dead at 3 a.m. The world found out three hours later.
When the queen and Charles received the summons at Balmoral at midnight, he decided to let William and Harry sleep. He would tell the boys in the morning.
Part 1 of the sixth season The Crown streaming on Netflix. Part 2 previews December 14th.
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