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Monday, 20 April, 1998, 19:48 GMT 20:48 UK
Diana bodyguard quits job
Photographers surround Trevor Rees-Jones in March as he returns to meet the crash investigator
The bodyguard of Diana, Princess of Wales, has resigned his job with Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Trevor Rees-Jones, the only survivor of the Paris car crash which killed Diana and Mr Al Fayed's son Dodi, said he wanted to "move forward with his life".

The former paratrooper will leave his post as a Harrods security worker on May 19.

Mr Rees-Jones revealed his plans in a statement issued through his solicitors in his home town of Oswestry, Shropshire. No more details about his plans were given.

Mr Al Fayed said his old job would be available any time he wanted to return.

The bodyguard's statement said: "I wish to thank my employers and Mr Mohamed Al Fayed personally for the help and support they have given me through this difficult time."

In a later statement, Mr Al Fayed replied: "I sympathise with Trevor's position and accept his resignation with regret.

"I understand that Trevor must do everything possible in order to make a full recovery and ultimately to put the tragic events of last August behind him.

"I'm sure he will stay in contact with his many friends and colleagues at Harrods.

"His job will remain open should he wish to return."

Diana and Dodi were killed last August along with driver Henri Paul when their Mercedes lost control in a Paris underpass and smashed into a pillar.

Mr Rees-Jones, the only passenger in the car wearing a seatbelt, suffered extensive injuries but earlier this year recovered sufficiently to tell French investigators what he remembered of the night.

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