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The Bodyguard's Story by Trevor Rees-Jones

The Bodyguard's Story (2000)

by Trevor Rees-Jones

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Excellent information about Princess Diana and the accident. Parts difficult to follow I assume because of his injury it was somewhat confusing. I enjoyed hearing the eyewitness account and it is ashame how the media interfere with lives.
  LoisBryan | Jul 15, 2016 |
5338. The Bodyguard's Story Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor, by Trevor Rees-Jones with Moira Johnston (read 28 Dec 2015) This book, by the bodyguard who was riding in the car in Paris where Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi were killed, is of interest in its account of the time (before the accident). The author was employed by Dodi's father to watch over his son. Dodi seems totally irresponsible and was a pill to be a bodyguard for. But the book is of course not objective, being designed to show the author did nothing wrong. I think the author is right. After the author and Dodi's father came to a parting of the ways the father sought to blame the bodyguard for what happened (besides seeking to blame the British royal family) but it seems clear that the driver of the car--driving, while drunk, 90 miles an hour on city streets, was the primary culprit. The author foolishly failed to seek damages from the driver and the driver's employer (Dodi's father). The account in the book of the time after the author returns to England from the Paris hospital is less interesting. The complex legal proceedings are not explained so I could understand them. I should have read a more objective book published longer after the tragic events. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 28, 2015 |
Very well written book about the last days of Diana. It does leave you wanting more as you still do not know what really happened in the tunnel that night and why Mr. Rees-Jones put on his seatbelt and no one else did. All in all a very good read. ( )
  TX1955 | Jul 15, 2008 |
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Where were you when Diana died?

For Trevor Rees-Jones the answer is simple: he was in the same hospital as Diana, fighting for his own life a few rooms away. As bodyguard to her companion Dodi Fayed, he was with the couple when, hounded by paparazzi and with a driver who turned out to be drunk, their Mercedes crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel under the Place de l'Alma in Paris. Dodi and the driver, Henri Paul, died instantaneously, medics say; Diana was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors worked feverishly to resuscitate her before giving up in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Miraculously, Trevor survived. But his condition was critical -- internal chest injuries and a broken wrist were the least of it. His head had taken the brunt of the impact and suffered catastrophic damage; his face was crushed beyond recognition. In a stunning medical drama, however, a facial surgeon performed a miracle of reconstruction, and -- along with Trevor's own indomitable will and the support of his family and friends -- the bodyguard was able to leave hospital after just over a month. His goal then was straightforward: to return to a normal life as soon as possible, go back to work for his employer, Mohamed Al Fayed, and to the simple pleasures of rugby and his mates at home in Shropshire.

But the crash that nearly killed him had killed Diana, Princess of Wales, one of the most famous women of the late twentieth century. A normal life was no longer an option. And as Mohamed Al Fayed's grief at the loss of his son quickly turned into a desperate hunt for reasons, for culprits and conspiracy, Trevor found his unswerving loyalty to the Boss at first questioned and then,ultimately, destroyed, as Fayed pointed the finger of blame at him.

THE BODYGUARD'S STORY grippingly describes, for the first time, Trevor Rees-Jones's part in these astonishing events. From the prelude to Paris, when Trevor foun

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A first-hand account of the crash that killed Diana, its causes and consequences, by the bodyguard who survived. Trevor Rees-Jones was the sole survivor of the horrific crash that claimed the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed. This is his first-hand account of that fateful night, the preceding weeks, and his struggle to recover from his injuries.… (more)

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