Who Was Princess Diana Dating When She Died: Princess Diana died in a Paris automobile accident 25 years ago, shocking the world. The event killed more than Diana. Henri Paul, Princess Diana’s driver, and Dodi Al Fayed, her boyfriend, were slain instantaneously. Trevor Rees-Jones, a bodyguard, was the only survivor. He insists he remembers little of the crash.
Dodi and the Princess of Wales had only dated for a few months and spent a few days together before their terrible deaths. Despite the couple’s newness, the media and the public were interested in their future intentions.
Who Is Dodi Fayed?
Dodi was the oldest child of UK billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed. Mohamed owned Harrods, Fulham football club, and the Ritz hotel in Paris, where Diana and Dodi started their deadly drive. He was valued at $1.87 billion at the time.
Mohamed first married Samira Khashoggi, Dodi’s mother. Her father was King Abdul Aziz’s physician and her brother was Saudi arms merchant Adnan Khashoggi.
Dodi, born Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena’em Fayed in Alexandria, Egypt in 1955, attended elite schools like Le Rosey in Switzerland and Sandhurst military academy in the UK, where Princes William and Harry studied.
According to The Independent’s obituary, Dodi spent his childhood between the Khashoggi houses in Paris, the Riviera, and Cairo and his father’s in Alexandria, Egypt. “An attractive young guy [who] became a familiar character on the capital’s nightlife scene, with a love for fast vehicles and beautiful women,” he traveled to London at 15.
Dodi was linked to Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Winona Ryder, and Nancy Sinatra. After eight months, he divorced model Suzanne Gregard in 1986.
He worked as an executive producer on films like Chariots of Fire (1981), which won four Oscars, including Best Picture, and The Scarlet Letter (1995), starring Demi Moore and Gary Oldman.
Despite his credits, those who worked with him have alleged that his father made most of the production company’s early decisions while Dodi lived off a luxurious monthly allowance.
Rich playboy Dodi craved fame. In 2009, The Guardian reported that Dodi asked a pal, “When am I going to meet a woman so renowned she would get my face on the cover of People magazine?” He did in 1997.
Despite this, people noted his quietness and sensitivity. Dominick Dunne of Vanity Fair wrote, “Whatever else he was, he was a kind guy. He was gentle.”
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How Diana Met Dodi?
Dodi met Diana while she was married to Prince Charles. Charles and Dodi played opposite teams in a 1986 Windsor polo match, according to The Independent. Their meeting was unnoticed.
Mohamed Al Fayed welcomed the Princess of Wales and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, on his yacht, the Jonikal, in southern France in the summer of 1997. Diana learned more about Dodi.
At Diana’s 2008 inquest, heart surgeon Hasnat Khan said she ended their two-year relationship after she first went on holiday with Mohamed Al Fayed and his family. He heard a radio story about her new relationship with Dodi weeks after she denied abandoning their relationship for anyone else.
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Some royals disapproved of the princess’s friendship with Dodi. In his 2010 memoir, Tony Blair said he told Lady Di that her relationship with Dodi was “an issue,” The Guardian reported.
At a 2007 inquest into their deaths, Princess Diana‘s longtime butler and confidant Paul Burrell told the BBC that Diana didn’t think Dodi was “the one” and believed he was a “rebound” from Hasnat Khan.
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