The story of Dodi Al-Fayed, Diana’s last love

Who was the mysterious man with whom Diana spent the end of the summer holidays in Paris? This is the story of Diana Spencer’s last known love, Dodi Al Fayed.

August 31, 1997 will always be remembered as the night Princess Diana died following a car accident in Paris. By then, she was no longer part of the royal family, but she was still one of the most popular women in the world. This caused her death as she was being followed by paparazzi when her car crashed into a tunnel in the French capital. Basically, she died doing what she has been doing for the last 16 years, running from photographers to keep her private life.

But she was not the only one who lost her life in such an accident. With her was Dodi Al-Fayed, her last boyfriend, and to whom, it was rumored, he was about to get engaged.

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But who was this mystery man Diana was spending the end of summer vacation with in Paris, and why was Diana being singled out for having a relationship with him? This is the story of Diana Spencer’s last known love.

Who was Dodi Al-Fayed?

The Egyptian businessman was best known as the son and heir to Harrod’s, London’s luxurious department store; but besides that, he was involved in movies. He was the producer of films like Chariots of Fire (1981) and was also the owner of the Fulham football club and, of course, heir to the Ritz hotel in Paris, the property where he and Diana stayed during their vacations.

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Before dating Diana, Al-Fayed had brief romantic relationships with celebrities like Brooke Shields and Julia Roberts. He was even previously engaged to Gloria Allred, an American model he broke up with before dating Diana.

How did Diana and Dodi meet?

Diana and Dodi met after her divorce from Prince Charles was finalized. The couple had seen each other a few times before at social events they both attended separately, but it wasn’t until 1997 that Diana was invited by Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi’s father, to spend some time at his villa in St. Tropez.

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According to records, Diana and Dodi began dating in July 1997, just a month before her death. They spent time off the French coast on their yacht and then traveled to Paris before returning to London, something Diana wanted as she wanted to be there when her sons Prince William and Prince Harry went back to school. .

It is said that before leaving for Paris, Dodi had already ordered a diamond engagement ring to collect once in Paris; and that it was going to be that very night they died when he was going to propose to Diana.

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It was a not so popular relationship.

After Diana’s divorce, she dated a couple of men and most of her relationships were kept private, but Dodi’s was anything but. Not only did she let the paparazzi photograph her with him on her yacht, but they were also more public than in other relationships Diana had.

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From the beginning, the couple drew media attention mainly because of Al-Fayed’s background. He was an important businessman and, above all, he was Egyptian and professed Islam.

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Due to its origin, the royal traditionalists began to raise their eyebrows, since it was almost impossible for them to think that the mother of the future king of England (Prince William) could marry or even return to Islam.

But that was not the only thing. It was also rumored that the couple was expecting a baby and that Diana was about to make the engagement announcement and her pregnancy days after the infamous accident.

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“A child of Arab-Muslim descent who was a half-brother to the heir to the throne would be a disgrace to the royal family and the status quo,” wrote Tom Sancton and Scott MacLeod in their book “The Death of a Princess.”

The truth is that everything we know about Diana and Dodi’s relationship is based on rumours, since the couple did not have the opportunity to come out publicly and live their love for a longer time. We won’t know if Dodi was actually going to propose to Diana and what her response might have been. We would also never know if the Princess of Wales was expecting a child, mainly because all the records from that night are still kept private and will remain so for many years to come.

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