While the princess found solace in Dodi's arms after having her heart broken twice, she may not have been as prepared as him for a future wedding.
Lady Diana was the beloved princess of millions across the globe. Her tragic death continues to remain one of the most remorseful days of this century. She was not just a force to reckon with as she went about lending her voice for causes she believed in, but also a beautiful soul who have much love and joy to share. Despite being a troubled soul with a difficult childhood and a very public, bad marriage, she carried herself with grace and was compassionate to everyone who was struggling. Her husband, Prince Charles, had confessed in front of the media that he was in love with another woman, Camilla Parker-Bowles, for years leaving Diana humiliated and heartbroken.
However, being the spirited person that she was, Princess of Wales moved on, although with difficulty, to the next phase of her life. Unfortunately, tragedy struck right at the cusp of her finding happiness all over again. Lady Diana died in a car crash on August 31, 1997, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed. They were in Paris when the tragic accident took place, but the summer before that she had a whirlwind romance with Dodi.
They had just started getting to know each other better, but the time they had together was enough for Dodi to know he had found the one. The business tycoon was ready to tie the knot with her, which was later confirmed by his purchase of a gorgeous engagement ring just a day before the fatal crash.
But, how did they meet? They had first met in a polo match when Diana was still with Charles. But that was just a cursory exchange of pleasantries. Since they shared a similar social circle in London, they bumped into each other in film premieres and galas in London's West End, reports Mirror UK. But, it was only in July 1997 that their relationship deepened.
Dodi invited Diana for a luxury summer break in the south of France. It is rumored that her heart was still healing after her break-up with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a British surgeon, when she accepted the invitation. As the devoted mother she was, she wanted her sons with her as well. So, she took William, 14, and Harry, 12, to Mohamed Al-Fayed's palatial villa in St Tropez.
The 36-year-old global icon was seen spending a happy and relaxed time with 42-year-old Dodi that summer. He had showered her with gifts reportedly and did everything possible to woo her, but the princess was in no rush to settle down. The time she spent with Harry and William at that time was the last holiday they spent together as a family.
Later, she went on another holiday, this time without her sons, leading to the fateful day.
After Diana's death, one of her close friends, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, revealed the princess' intentions towards Dodi during an inquest jury. According to the Telegraph UK, Goldsmith recalled saying to Diana, "You’re not going to do anything silly like rushing off and eloping or getting married?"
"I would need marriage like a rash on my face," Goldsmith claimed Diana had said, adding, "It was a very Diana expression." When Goldsmith was asked what the princess meant by the comment, she said, "I took it to mean that she was not serious about marriage to Dodi. She might have been having a wonderful time with him, I’m sure, but I thought her remark that she needed marriage like a rash meant that she was not serious about it."
However, Dodi seemed to have been more than ready to begin a new life with the former Princess of Wales. He had bought an £11,600 engagement ring just hours before their fatal death, leaving him with no chance to propose to his gorgeous lady love. Dodi was spotted on the CCTV footage at the Repossi jeweler's shop, which was across the square from Hotel Ritz, where the couple was staying, reports The Guardian. The princess was not with him at the jeweler.
Another footage showed the assistant of the president of the Ritz hotel collecting an item from the jeweler's and placing it in the couple's Imperial Suite. Later, a ring with the inscription "Dis-moi Oui" (Tell me Yes) was found from Dodi's apartment in the same city. The investigators also found a receipt dated August 30, 1997, just a day before the crash. It was listed as a bague de fiançaille (engagement ring).
Dodi's father claimed back then that the couple was going to announce their engagement and that the princess was pregnant, but the post-mortem reports denied these claims. Meanwhile, her friends dismissed the engagement rumors as well.
But as fans of the beloved princess, we hope she spent her last days and months feeling loved and happy. The Queen of Heart deserved the best in everything.