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Diana’s bodyguard says she would nonetheless be alive if he had been on responsibility the evening she died

Former bodyguard from Princess Dianawho she nicknamed ‘Rambo’ after the Eighties motion character, says she believes she would nonetheless be alive if he had been on responsibility the evening she died.

Lee Sansum, now 60, opened up in an interview with Solar concerning the evening the King was killed alongside Dodi Fayed in a automobile crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

He mentioned the truth that nobody within the automobile was sporting seat belts – one thing he stated he all the time insisted on.

And 25 years after the devastating evening, a former navy police officer reveals how he may have been with the princess that weekend and with them within the automobile.

He stated: ‘It may have been me in that automobile. We drew straws to see who would accompany Trevor [Rees-Jones] that weekend. Once I realized that they weren’t sporting seat belts within the crash, I understood why they did not survive. I all the time insisted on it.’

August 31 will mark 25 years since Princess Diana died in a automobile crash in Paris whereas she was with Dodi Fayed, the son of former Harrod’s proprietor Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Lee, a former Royal Navy Police officer, martial arts champion, non-public navy contractor and shut safety professional, added that it was frequent apply for the household to put on seat belts, an order despatched by Mohamed Al-Fayed.

He spoke whereas discussing his new ebook, “The Bodyguard,” about his life as a detailed safety professional, calling it “the story of an actual bodyguard.”

All through his profession, Lee has labored with the wealthy and well-known, comparable to Hollywood stars Tom and Nicole, Pele and Sylvester Stallone, and within the ebook he candidly describes what it is prefer to work in a job the place there are lives. actually at stake.

On the time of Diana’s demise, he was a part of the safety staff of Mohamed Al-Fayed, proprietor of the Hôtel Ritz Paris and previously of Harrods and Fulham FC.

Lee Sansum, now 60, was nicknamed 'Rambo' by Diana and has since written a book about his personal protection experiences.

Lee Sansum, now 60, was nicknamed ‘Rambo’ by Diana and has since written a ebook about his private safety experiences.

He was tasked with taking care of Diana and her sons William and Harry throughout their keep at Al-Fayad’s 30-bedroom villa in St Tropez that summer time of 1997.

In his ebook, he says he developed a detailed bond with Diana and the younger princesses, particularly Harry.

Lee, born in Burnley, stated Diana would get up at 7am day by day and chat to him. He stated she feared for her life after the homicide of her designer pal Gianni Versace, who was fatally shot exterior his Miami Seashore mansion in July 1997.

“She was completely happy on that vacation,” he stated. “However I additionally noticed her in tears, confiding in me her personal fears that she would possibly sooner or later be murdered.

‘She stated one thing that has all the time caught with me – ‘Do you assume they are going to do that to me?’

Lee defined regardless of attempting to calm her down she was shaking and it was clear she actually thought ‘they’ may.

Lee additionally remembers Diana telling him that she needed to reside with Dodi in America as a result of it was the one place the place she felt folks weren’t out to get her.

The martial arts professional stated younger William and Harry, who had been down-to-earth and pleasant like their mom, had been instantly impressed.

He remembers attempting to show the 2 to kickbox, however they had been too ‘fearful’.

Lee grew up in a tough a part of Better Manchester and believed that to outlive you needed to stand as much as bullies and be more durable than your opponent.

He had a profession with the Royal Navy Police which took him to “Bandit Nation” in South Armagh, the place he pulled an AWOL unit out of a honey lure moments earlier than an energetic service IRA unit arrived to kill him.

Lee Sansum (wearing sunglasses) with Diana while on holiday in St Tropez, France in 1997

Lee Sansum (sporting sun shades) with Diana whereas on vacation in St Tropez, France in 1997

He additionally labored undercover in Northern Eire and joined the SIB, the military’s personal inside affairs unit, earlier than getting into the world of personal safety, working in world hotspots comparable to Libya and the breakaway state of Somaliland.

Lee’s story is one in all them reaching private targets whereas overcoming trauma, which he says was contributed by his spouse Kate and his twin sons, in addition to his love of martial arts.

On his Instagram web page @leesansum he wrote earlier this yr: ‘Tremendous excited to launch my ebook subsequent April’.

In one other publish he additionally wrote: ‘New images of me and Princess @princess.diana.endlessly hold popping up in Nationwide Media … and the questions hold coming. I want folks would learn the outcomes of the coroner’s inquest and begin asking some very apparent questions.’

however Lee writes in his ebook that he doesn’t consider that Diana was murdered, however The presence of intelligence companies that had been monitoring her previous to the accident could have been an element within the accident.

He stated one in all his colleagues acknowledged somebody from a particular reconnaissance unit working at a close-by development website. The 2 had beforehand labored collectively within the SAS.

A letter Diana sent to Lee after the trip to St Tropez thanked him for his service, which Lee now greatly appreciates

A letter Diana despatched to Lee after the journey to St Tropez thanked him for his service, which Lee now enormously appreciates

He additionally added that that they had all the time been watched by MI5, however that this was the primary time that they had seen anybody from the particular forces.

Lee added: “I consider the safety officers following Diana, presumably British or a mixed British-French staff, could have both inadvertently triggered the accident or had been in shut proximity to the automobile when it occurred.”

Lee, who now makes frequent public appearances, has a letter he obtained from the princess 25 years in the past after that summer time getaway, which he says he’ll all the time cherish.

The letter reads: “Pricey Lee. William, Harry and I had been very happy to jot down to thanks for taking care of us so properly throughout our keep in St Tropez. We understand that our presence, together with the presence of the media, has made your job extraordinarily troublesome, and we apologize for that! Nonetheless, all of us had a magical ten days – which would not have been attainable with out your invaluable contribution, and for that we ship everybody our warmest attainable thanks.’

The Bodyguard (Seven Dials), by Lee Sansum, is out on September 1 for £9.99.

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