Princess Diana news latest – Documentary marking Lady Di's 60th birthday airs TONIGHT ahead of memorial statue reveal

A NEW documentary marking what would be Princess Diana's 60th birthday airs tonight – a week before an memorial statue is unveiled.

Lady Di was tragically killed in a car crash but 24 years later, she is still a much-loved figure for people across the world.

ITV has commissioned a new documentary focused on the life and legacy of the Queen of Hearts.

The 90-minute feature length film Diana is set to air this Thursday (24 June, 2021) at 9pm as a tribute to the late princess ahead of what would have been her birthday.

A statue is set to be revealed in honour of the late Princess on July 1 in London.

Both of her sons, Princes Harry and William, are to attend the event despite the post-Megxit tension which was made worse by the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Read our Princes Diana live blog below for all the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHERE IS REES-JONES NOW?

    Trevor is now reportedly working as the global head of security for vaccine giant AstraZeneca.

    The Mail tells how he has rebuilt his life since the infamous crash 24 years ago.

    His LinkedIn profile describes him as being based in Shrewsbury and having experience in international operations.

    Following the crash in 1997, Trevor returned to England and quit his job with Mr al-Fayed.

    He was interviewed four times by French authorities but said he could not recall the incident.

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    WHAT INJURIES DID TREVOR REES-JONES SUFFER IN DIANA'S CAR CRASH?

    Trevor suffered severe brain and chest injuries and every bone in his face was broken. He spent ten days in a coma.

    Surgeons used 150 pieces of titanium to rebuild his smashed face, using family photos as a guide.

    An investigation found none of the four people in the car were wearing seat belts.

    Tests showed the driver was three times the drink drive limit.

    An inquest jury found Diana was unlawfully killed by Mr Paul's dangerous driving and the actions of the pursuing paparazzi.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHEN DID TREVOR REES JONES BECOME DIANA'S BODYGUARD

    It was in his security job for al-Fayed that Trevor came to be guarding al-Fayed's playboy son Dodi, and later his girlfriend Princess Diana.

    He accompanied them on a holiday in the summer of 1997, when the tragic car crash took place.

    The bodyguard later rubbished claims by his former boss that Dodi and Diana had chosen an engagement ring together in Monte Carlo a week before they died in Paris.

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    WHO IS TREVOR REES-JONES?

    Trevor Rees-Jones – who now calls himself Trevor Rees – was born on March 3, 1968, in Rinteln, Germany.

    He was the middle of three sons of British Army surgeon Colin Rees and his nurse wife Gill.

    When he was ten, the family moved to Oswestry, Shropshire, and he went to Fitzalan School where he met his future wife Sue Jones.

    Trevor enrolled in the Combined Cadet Force at school and after his A-levels joined the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment, serving one tour in Northern Ireland.

    In 1995, he went to work as a private security guard for Harrods owner Mohammed al-Fayed, father to Dodi Fayed, and later the People's Princess.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCES DIANA'S FINAL WORDS IN HER LAST PHONE CALL

    Diana's final phone call was with Daily Mail royal correspondent Richard Kay. She had told him to switch off his phones and get some sleep – her last words before her tragic death.

    There was a mad rush to the hospital where Diana's body was being held.

    Late in the afternoon on the day of her death, Colin Tebbutt, Consul-General Keith Moss, a nursing sister, Diana's butler Paul Burrell, Father Clochard-Bossuet and police guards were the only people in her room.

    Over the next few hours, a large number of officials would make their way to the hospital. Mr Tebbutt said he noticed "suddenly down the corridor comes this tall man and his wife and they just walked into Diana's room with the policeman saluting".

    He said: "I'm like, 'What the hell's happening now?' I went to call him back when I suddenly realised it was President Jacques Chirac and Mrs Chirac. Mr Chirac bowed at the end of the bed and walked out."

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    PRINCE CHARLES FLEW OUT TO PARIS WITH DIANA'S SISTERS JUST HOURS AFTER DEATH

    Just hours after the horrific crash, Prince Charles quickly arranged a flight from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeen to France, joined by Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

    Diana's trusted driver-minder Colin Tebbutt flew to Paris at 6.30am, immediately after hearing about the princess' death.

    He met Charles when the prince arrived at Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, where Diana's body was taken, later that afternoon.

    Mr Tebbutt told the Daily Mail that Charles prayed inside Diana's hospital room for 15 minutes, together with Diana's sisters and two priests, including Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet and Anglican Martin Drape

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    ASTONISHING INSIGHT INTO HOURS AFTER PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH FROM CHARLES’ TEARS TO HER FINAL MOVEMENTS

    Astonishing fresh insight into the hours after Princess Diana's death has been revealed.

    Diana died in Paris on August 31, 1997 after the car she was in crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHERE HAD PRINCESS DIANA TRAVELLED TO PARIS FROM?

    She had travelled to France with Fayed from Sardinia on a private jet.

    They had planned on staying for a night as Fayed's dad Mohamed Al-Fayed was, and still is, the owner of the Hotel Ritz Paris.

    Henri Paul, the deputy head of security at the Ritz, had been instructed to drive the hired black 1994 Mercedes-Benz to keep the Princess out of the media's eye.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO WAS WITH PRINCESS DIANA IN PARIS?

    The 36-year-old arrived in Paris with Egyptian film producer Dodi Al Fayed.

    They were stopping in Paris en route to London, having spent nine days together on Fayed's yacht.

    Her driver, Henri Paul and body guard Trevor Rees-Jones were also in the car at the time of the tragedy.

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    WHY WAS PRINCESS DIANA IN PARIS WHEN SHE DIED?

    It has been revealed that Princess Diana stayed in France's capital city for an extra day after a row over her land mines campaign.

    Diana's ex-driver and minder Colin Tebbutt said an argument over her call for the mines to be banned convinced her to stay longer than planned.

    She was expected to be back in London on August 28, 1997.

    Mr Tebbutt told the Daily Mail: "She didn't come back on the Thursday as scheduled because the Tories were having a go at her again over landmines.

    "She was accused of using the campaign to boost her own image, which was nasty and upset her.

    "So she contacted us and said she didn't want all the hassle that would be waiting for her in the UK. She would return at the weekend instead."

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY AND MEG INTERVIEW HAS SIMILAR SIGNIFICANCE TO DIANA BASHIR INTERVIEW

    Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview bore a similar level of significance to Diana's interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.

    The Princess of Wales infamously told Bashir "there was three of us in this marriage" referring to Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

    A probe has since found Bashir used fake documents to secure the scoop, with the BBC forced to apologise.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCESS DIANA DOCUMENTARY TO AIR TONIGHT

    ITV has commissioned a new documentary focused on the life and legacy of Princess Diana.

    The 90-minute feature length film Diana is set to air this Thursday (24 June, 2021) at 9pm as a tribute to the late princess ahead of what would have been her birthday.

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    PRINCESS DIANA WAS ‘VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OPRAH’

    PRINCESS Diana was "very uncomfortable" with Oprah Winfrey and felt she had manipulated interviewees for higher ratings, one of her friends has claimed.

    Simone Simmons, a pal and confidante of the late princess, said Diana thought the chat show host was "only after sensationalism" and showed a "lack of respect" to her interview subjects.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOW WILL DIANA'S 60TH BIRTHDAY BE CELEBRATED?

    As the big day approaches, a new tribute to Lady Diana is in the works.

    A statue is due to be unveiled on 1 July, 2021, at Kensington Palace to commemorate her 60th birthday.

    Both of her sons, Princes Harry and William, are to attend the event despite the post-Megxit tension which was made worse by the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHERE WAS PRINCESS DIANA BORN AND WHERE DID SHE GROW UP?

    Diana hailed from the county of Norfolk as she was born at Park House, in Sandringham.

    The fourth of five children, her family has been closely allied with the British monarchy for generations.

    Her education therefore conditioned her to respond to the royal etiquette accordingly.

    She grew up at Althorp House in Northamptonshire until she married Prince Charles in 1981 (they even met at Althorp House), and was enrolled in a number of schools.

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    WHEN IS PRINCESS DIANA'S BIRTHDAY?

    Born on 1 July, 1961, Diana would have celebrated her 60th birthday.

    A day fondly remembered by her father, Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer.

    "I remember my father always used to talk about the day Diana was born, 1st July 1961, and it was a sweltering hot day and this wonderful daughter appeared", said the princess of Wales' younger brother, Charles, to People magazine.

    "It's so funny to be of an age now where your slightly older sister's 60. It will be an emotional day, but it will be a tribute to a much missed and much loved sister, mother."

    Less than twenty-four years since her tragic death on 31 August, 1997, it remains one of the main dates that her close family and friends commemorate each year.

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