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Monday, March 2, 1998 Published at 08:08 GMT

World: Europe

Diana bodyguard 'remembers car chase'
image: [ Some of the comments will again raise concern over the role of French emergency services ]
Some of the comments will again raise concern over the role of French emergency services

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones has said he remembers two cars and a motorbike pursuing the Mercedes in which he was travelling with Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed before it crashed in Paris last year.

[ image: Diana was
Diana was "conscious" after the crash
Mr Rees-Jones, the only survivor of the accident which also killed the car's driver, Henri Paul, said he also remembers Diana calling Dodi's name in the wreckage.

He said Mr Paul, who was later found by French authorities to be above the alcohol drink-driving limit: "If he had shown any signs of being drunk I would never have let him near our car."

The comments are made in an interview published in The Mirror newspaper on Monday.

Earlier, solicitors for Mr Rees-Jones issued a statement on his behalf saying he had "approved the text of the story which will appear in the Mirror".

Consultant psychotherapist Dr Sidney Crown warns accident victims can suffer from "false memory syndrome"(0'36")
He told the newspaper that he remembered two cars and a motorbike chasing their Mercedes after it left the Paris Ritz. One of the cars was a white hatchback similar to a mystery Fiat Uno thought to have been involved in the crash. It is still being hunted by police.

Listen to Dr Sidney Crown talk in full about memory (3'56")
He said he would be seeking another meeting with the French judge investigating the accident, Hervé Stephan.

He told the newspaper: "I have had flashes of a female voice calling out in the back of the car. First it's a groan. Then Dodi's name is called.

[ image: Mr Rees-Jones: still recovering]
Mr Rees-Jones: still recovering
"It could only have been Princess Diana. I was conscious, and so was she."

The newspaper said that his testimony would heighten concern that if emergency services had reacted faster more could have been done to save the Princess.

According to the Mirror, for many weeks Mr Rees-Jones could not remember a thing about the night of the crash.

But "over the last six months" he has experienced flashbacks.

[ image: The wreckage of the Mercedes]
The wreckage of the Mercedes
"I am starting to remember more and more. To start with I couldn't remember a thing, and doctors weren't sure if I would ever remember. I had amnesia, everything was just a blank."

Mr Rees-Jones, 29, said at the weekend that he had remembered more details about the August 31 crash after a number of sessions with psychiatrists.

"My psychiatrist calls them windows of memory, they are small and don't last very long," he said.

Mr Rees-Jones suffered massive facial and other injuries in the crash but is now back with his employers, Harrods, headed by Dodi's father, Mohamed al-Fayed.

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