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Tourist cashed in on Diana crash
Diana crash scene
Emergency workers at the scene. Dr Frederic Mailliez is in white.
An American tourist told how he and a friend made thousands of dollars from photographs they took of Princess Diana's fatal car crash.

Michael Walker and Clarence Williams were driving through Paris when they came upon the wreckage in a tunnel.

Their pictures appeared in at least one newspaper and the pair earned "$6,000 to $7,000".

The inquest into Diana's death also heard the first doctor on the crash scene thought she would survive.


The two Americans had been taking a taxi ride after buying some cannabis when their driver spotted the crashed car with its front door open. Mr Walker took several shots - but he only found out that the princess had been one of the passengers when he saw the story later on CNN.

I just remember a few drops of blood but I would not say a serious injury
Dr Frederic Mailliez

He called CNN but they were not interested in buying his photographs as they "would have preferred video", the inquest was told in Mr Walker's statement given to the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Walker said he "co-operated" with the English press, who copied the photographs.

He decided that he was going to charge "$1,000 per interview" and there was also a "$1,000-a-time" price tag for copies of his photographs - one of which he later spotted in the National Inquirer.

Mr Walker told police that he earned $1,000 from an interview with CBS and 4,000 Francs from France 2.

In his statement, Mr Walker said: "I think I made $6,000 to 7,000 in all that I split with Clarence."


Earlier, the first doctor on the scene of the crash told the inquest thought she would survive.

Dr Frederic Mailliez was driving through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel when he saw the Princess's crashed car in the opposite carriageway.

He ran across the road to see if he could help anyone.

"She was alive. She was moaning, she was breathing but she was really weak," he said via video link from Paris.

He said: "I remember the horn making a noise and I remember the front of the car was damaged, the engine almost cut in two parts, that showed me that it was a high-energy accident."

Driver Henri Paul and Dodi Al Fayed were already dead when he looked into the car, he said.

He could see that bodyguard Trevor Rees was alive but very seriously injured in the front passenger seat.

He only found out that the woman in the back seat was Princess Diana when he saw the news the day after the crash on 31 August 1997.

Initial assessment

The Princess had no obvious head injury, the doctor said.

"I do not remember any injury on her forehead.

"I just remember a few drops of blood but I would not say a serious injury."

Dr Mailliez called the emergency dispatch centre as he had worked as an emergency doctor for the fire brigade.

He gave an initial medical assessment and handed over to a medical team when the first ambulance arrived.

Richard Keen QC, representing the family of Henri Paul, asked him: "Do you remember saying that you thought the lady you had treated would survive?"

He answered: "Yes, I said that."

He could not judge the extent of the Princess's internal injuries, he said.

"I did not have any way to make any precise diagnosis," he said.

"I did not have the equipment to take the blood pressure so my supposition of diagnosis was the head injury but I had to suspect something serious."

The inquest continues.

Pictures from the crash scene in Paris


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