PRINCESS DIANA’s protection officer shared heartbreaking memories of working with the royal in her final two years, and the gut-wrenching moment he saw her body in the Paris hospital mortuary in newly resurfaced footage after the anniversary of the People’s Princess’ death last week.
Colin Tebbut worked with Princess Diana as her driver and protection officer during her last two years alive. Mr Tebbut appeared on ITV Good Morning Britain to share his memories of the day she died, more than 20 years on. He called it “an emotional day” and said he could remember the fateful phone call he received “vividly”.
The ex-driver described being in bed with his wife when she answered the phone: “She looked around at me and said ‘I think you better get up and sit on the end of the bed and take this phone call’.
“It was a colleague from Balmoral who was telling me that Her Royal Highness was injured.
“It was a bit of a shock, but I got dressed and then went down to Kensington Palace.”
When the tragic news came through, Mr Tebbut was in an office with six of his colleagues.
Princess Diana’s driver shares heartbreaking memory (Image: GMB)
Princess Diana’s driver remembers tragic day (Image: GMB)
He described a surreal situation: “Robin Cook, who was then the Foreign Secretary, was on the television explaining that she was injured when in fact the Private Secretary, Michael, was telling us that sadly she’d died.”
He was charged with travelling to Paris immediately to collect the Princess’ body.
Recounting what happened when he arrived at the hospital, he said: “It’s very difficult and emotional to see a person lying in a bed in a mortuary.”
He also noticed that outside the window, there were people on a roof.
Princess Diana’s eyelashes and hair were moving (Image: GMB)
He said: “That worried me so I got some blankets, because there were no curtains, and we put blankets along the windows, which made it very hot in the room.
“And I then went to get some fans to cool the room down.”
The next moment, he said, has stayed with him “throughout his life”.
Diana’s driver said she would be proud of her boys (Image: GMB)
Fighting back tears, Mr Tebbut described turning round to see the eyelashes and the hair of the Princess moving, caused by the fan.
He said: “That just struck me – for a second, I had to turn away, think about it, and then grip myself back and get on with what I was doing.”
The ex-inspector also spoke about the royal’s last year from August 28 when the divorce from Prince Charles came through.
He said that she was finally “living a good life and happy”.
He added that she would be “tremendously proud of her boys”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK