Ago 10, 2017
'Her eyelashes moved' Diana's ex-driver reveals hospital shock after 20-year silence
PRINCESS Diana's former driver has broken his silence 20 years after she died in a horror car crash.
Royal protection officer Colin Tebbut says he wishes he had been driving that fateful night on August 31, 1997. He reveals the moment he saw Diana's body in hospital and noticed "the eyelashes and the hair of the princess were moving".
The former inspector, who flew to Paris a few hours after her death to oversee her return to Britain, also told how he believes the car went into the tunnel "too fast".Speaking on today's Good Morning Britain, he said: "I think they went in too fast but in the inquest that was sorted out, I've driven through the tunnel myself."
Asked if he wished he'd been driving that night, he said: "Yes you always do that. You always do that.
"That is not good to have in the mind."
The interview was the first time Colin has spoken to the media since the crash that killed Diana and her boyfriend and Dodi Fayed in the Alma tunnel in Paris. Talking about travelling to Paris after Diana's death, he said: "I was taken in to help. I went to the hotel and then I went to the hospital and arrived at the hospital – lots of people about on I think it was the first floor and there was a lot of people."
He added: "Very difficult and emotional to see a person lying in a bed and not in a mortuary and when I was in the room, which was very very hot, I looked out of the window and I could see people on a roof.
"Now whether they knew where the princess was I don't know but that worried me so I got some blankets, because there were no curtains, and we put blankets along the windows, which made it even hotter in the room. "I then went and got some fans to try and cool the room down.
"That was one moment in my life when perhaps my professionalism was lacking a little bit because when I turned round the eyelashes and the hair of the princess were moving caused by the fan and that just struck me.
"I had to turn away, think about it and grip myself back and get on with what I was doing." And speaking about Diana on a personal level, he said: "She had a tremendous sense of humour, and wherever we went, I never had a cross word in two years.
"That year up to her death she felt to me – she was good she seemed to be living a good life and happy."