Diana Spencer was the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, now King of the United Kingdom, from 1981 to 1996. She had two children with him: William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex.
The separation between Diana and Carlo was made official on 9 December 1992; on 3 December 1993 she announced her retirement from royal public life, while the divorce, announced by the royal court on 20 December 1995 following the scandalous interview given to the BBC Panorama program exactly one month earlier, took place on 26 August 1996.
After the divorce from her husband she retained the title of Princess of Wales, but without the treatment of Royal Highness, although she remained an official member of the royal family as mother of two members of the line of succession to the throne, a fact which occurred for the first time in the history of the British royal family .
At the end of August 1997, Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed had spent a couple of days of holiday in Sardinia, aboard his father Mohamed's yacht. The two left the island in the late morning of August 30, deciding to stop in Paris before returning to London.
The death of Diana Spencer occurred in the early hours of Sunday 31 August 1997, in a car accident in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma in Paris.
Together with Diana Spencer, her partner, the Egyptian entrepreneur Dodi Al-Fayed, and the driver of the car in which the couple were travelling, Henri Paul, died. The only survivor was Trevor Rees-Jones, Dodi's bodyguard. Numerous hypotheses have been put forward regarding the causes of the accident.