There was only one survivor when Princess Diana was killed in a Paris automobile tragedy that claimed the lives of three other people.
That fateful day in 1997 altered Trevor Rees-Jones’ life forever as a bodyguard.
Who is Trevor Rees-Jones?
On March 3, 1968, Trevor Rees-Jones was born in Rinteln, Germany.
Born to British Army surgeon Colin Rees and his nursing wife Gill, he was the middle son of three boys.
When he was ten years old, the family relocated to Oswestry, a town on the Welsh border, where he attended Fitzalan School and eventually met Sue Jones, his future wife.
After earning his A-levels, Trevor enlisted in the Combined Cadet Force and served one tour in Northern Ireland with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment.
He started working as a private security guard for Mohammed al-Fayed, the owner of Harrods and the father of Dodi Fayed and Princess Diana, in 1995.
He began providing protection for his playboy son Dodi while he was employed by Mohamed al-Fayed. Later, he began providing security for Princess Diana.
When the horrific car accident occurred in the summer of 1997, he was with them on vacation.
A week before Dodi and Diana passed away in Paris, the bodyguard refuted accusations made by his former boss that they had selected an engagement ring together in Monte Carlo.
After spending nine days on Dodi’s yacht in the Mediterranean, Diana and Dodi made a stop in Paris on their route to London on August 30.
They were attacked by paparazzi while planning to stay at Dodi’s father’s hotel, the Ritz.
Head of security at the Ritz, Henri Paul, came up with a strategy to drive to Dodi’s flat near the Champs Elysées and exit by the rear door, dodging photographers.
The early hours of August 31, 1997, saw the black Mercedes S280 limousine driven by Mr. Paul collide at 65 mph with a pillar at the Pont de l’Alma underpass.
Diana passed away at a hospital shortly after the driver and Dodi were slain in an instant.
Following the collision, Trevor had severe head and chest injuries and was unconscious for ten days.
He had fractured bones all over his face.
Using family images as a reference, surgeons rebuilt his shattered face using 150 pieces of titanium.
The wounds from the 1997 accident are still visible on him.
In addition, Trevor experienced severe memory loss and finds it difficult to recall many specifics from the collision.
Four persons were in the automobile, and an inquiry revealed that none of them had on a seat belt.
The driver tested three times over the legal limit for alcohol and driving.