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Saturday, February 28, 1998 Published at 23:46 GMT

World: Europe

Diana bodyguard: 'I remember more'
image: [ Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones has been a focus of media interest since the accident ]
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones has been a focus of media interest since the accident

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the only survivor of the Paris car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed and their driver, says he has remembered more of the tragedy after a series of sessions with a psychiatrist.

He is now seeking a further meeting with the French judge investigating the accident, he said in a statement issued through his solicitors.

The statement followed publication of a story in Saturday's edition of The Mirror newspaper, billed as "exclusive", in which the editor, Piers Morgan, described a meeting with Mr Rees-Jones and promised a "truly astonishing interview" in Monday's edition.

[ image: Rees-Jones:
Rees-Jones: "forced into hiding"
Mr Rees-Jones, 29, said his employers at Harrods, headed by Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi's father, had provided him with the support and assistance of psychiatrists. He added: "I have now given three interviews to the judge.

"I remember very little of the final journey on August 31. In my interviews with the psychiatrist, I have remembered a little more. I am therefore having a further meeting with the judge to tell him what I remember."

The Mirror newspaper has said it will publish the first part of an interview with Mr Rees-Jones on Monday.

Roy Greenslade, former Daily Mirror editor, suggests Mr Rees-Jones was naive in speaking to his successor,Piers Morgan (0'14")
The double-page story in Saturday's edition of the paper said Mr Rees-Jones "can now remember most of what happened that night" and added: "It was not easy for him to finally break his silence."

However, Mr Rees-Jones insisted in the statement that he had given no "exclusivity" to The Mirror and had received no payment for the interview. He also said he had never received any payment from the press.

[ image: Mr Rees-Jones was also able to read all about it]
Mr Rees-Jones was also able to read all about it
"I understand that the Daily Mirror contacted other press outlets last night claiming rights over an "exclusive" article. They did so without contacting me or my solicitors.

"This has caused my family and me great personal difficulty. I have felt forced to go into hiding," his statement said.

Mr Rees-Jones said he was concerned at reports that he did not conduct himself professionally on the night of the crash and was not properly trained for the role which he was performing.

"These allegations are wholly spurious and I will, as and when I think it appropriate to do so, make public comment.

"This will be done solely through my solicitors and in the media and on the terms of my choosing."

He also said he had returned to light duties at Harrods over the past few weeks.

'Protecting copyright'

[ image: Mohamed Al Fayed:
Mohamed Al Fayed: "supportive" to Mr Rees-Jones and his family
In a statement issued after Mr Rees-Jones's, Mr Morgan said: "Trevor Rees-Jones never asked for, or received, a penny from the Mirror in connection with the interview we will be publishing on Monday.

"The interview is exclusive in the sense that it is the first he has given in relation to the accident in Paris on August 31.

"The Mirror's rights extend simply to the content of that interview of which I was the author, and the photographs which accompany it, which were taken by a Mirror staff photographer.

"We alerted other media in advance of publication to protect our copyright.

"My understanding is that Mr Rees-Jones is keen to ensure that he is not thought to be profiting from this interview and I am happy to confirm that."

Mr Rees-Jones suffered massive facial and other injuries in the crash.

Surgeons had to rebuild his shattered lower face but he made an amazing recovery and five weeks after the accident left the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and returned to the UK.


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