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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Page 1

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IE I I No. 49,921 flRST PUBLISHED 1831 90c MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1997 6The press is savage. It doesn't forgive anything. They only track the mistakes. Each intention is misread, every gesture criticised.

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Visit our Internet site at Bank of Australia ACN 123 123 124 APLCDP 32S5 A A. njjjf VsA An" tr'' Av A I vtji. -4 i 'r; Grief-stricken Prince Charles leaves the Balmoral church with his sons Prince Harry, left, and Prince William. Below: Princess Diana and Mr Al-Fayed leave i a t- tut The media and Diana; The Al-Fayed family Page 2 The accident in detail; Prince Charles's grief Page 3 Portraits of a princess Page 4 Obituary and Britain in mourning Page 5 Diana in Australia Page 6 4r tunnel near the Alma Bridge about 12.35 am before veering into concrete pillars on the median strip and flipping over. Princess Diana died at 4 am, Paris time midday, Sydney time after suffering internal bleeding and going into cardiac arrest, doctors at Pitie-Salpe-triere Hospital said.

The head of the intensive care unit, Mr Bruno Riou, said ambulance officers had revived the princess in the tunnel, but her heart stopped on arrival at hospital because of massive blood loss in her chest cavity. "Her chest cavity was urgently opened up, revealing a significant wound to her left ventricle," he said. "Despite a closure of the wound and an external and internal cardiac massage lasting two hours, no effective circulation could be re-established, and death was noted at 4 am." As Britain and the world mourned, the Queen and Prince Charles and his sons Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12, went to church. The two boys, grief-stricken but calm, filed sombrely inside with other members of the royal family to pray for their mother. Princess Diana's older brother angrily blamed the media for her death and said many proprietors and editors had "blood on their The Earl Spencer said he had always felt the prying press would harm his sister.

"But not even I could imagine that they'd take such a direct hand in her death as seems to be the case." Princess Diana and Mr Al-Fayed, the 41 -year-old son of the billionaire Egyptian owner of London's Harrod's department store, had been the focus of world media attention for the past month after photographs showed they had become close friends on a Mediterranean holiday. The world's most photographed woman, Princess Diana had been hounded for years by paparazzi Europe's hungry, relentless, fearless and merciless celebrity stalkers. "You make my life hell," she had once screamed at those pursuing her. In London, people began placing flowers, candles and messages at the gates of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, the princess's London home. By 10 am church bells were tolling, and a crowd of several thousand mourners had gathered outside Buckingham Palace.

PAGE 20: Readers' letters. i 4 t' 4 il V' 11 By CHRISTOPHER HENNING Herald Correspondent in London and agencies Princess Diana and her companion Mr Dodi Al-Fayed died yesterday after their car crashed at high speed in central Paris while being pursued by paparazzi photographers on motorcycles. Prince Charles, after attending a church service at Balmoral with the Queen and his two sons, flew to Paris with Princess Diana's sisters to bring home the body of his former wife. The 36-year-old princess died in hospital and Mr Al-Fayed was killed instantly in the crash in a tunnel near the Seine. The driver of their black Mercedes also died and one of Princess Diana's bodyguards was badly injured.

Police detained seven French press photographers for questioning and seized two motorcycles, one of them badly damaged, and a motor-scooter. There were reports that bystanders had beaten up one of the paparazzi. The French Interior Minister, Mr Jean-Pierre Chevenement, said Princess Diana's driver was thought to have lost control of the car while being pursued by press photographers. Wt Sjjbnr! JFlornin 9cralb 6 This appalling accident will prompt fresh debate about privacy and the role of the media. 9 EDITORIAL Page 20 "Preliminary investigations show that the princess's car was being chased by journalists who were trying to take photographs," he said.

"It appears that the driver lost control of the car while driving at high speed." Mr Steve Coz, editor of the National Enquirer, the United States tabloid, said he had been offered photographs taken just moments after the crash for $1 million, but had refused. Just last week, in an interview with the Paris newspaper Le Monde, Princess Diana had hit out at the media: "The press is savage. It doesn't forgive anything. They only track the mistakes. Each intention is misread, every gesture criticised." Police said the car, which had picked up Princess Diana and her millionaire companion from the Ritz Hotel, hit a wall of the INTERNET Home delivery (02)92823800 ISSN 0312-6315 IrPffirTfflnf-'ffii'ri I A23 Hearts who knew loneliness fair share of tragic heroines, but time and history made the Princess of Wales the first to challenge royal might under such intense media scrutiny.

In a bizarre love-hate game in which her roles lurched from stricken single mother to indulgent bimbo, from occasional recluse to fevered media junkie, Diana nearly got the better of them. Her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 stopped the world. Its disintegration has been a constant story for the tabloid press and women's magazines for more than a decade. From the start, Diana and Charles provoked questions -did she know what she was taking on? Could she cope with the odd ways of such a quaint and potty family? Could such an apparently free agent survive in royalty's gilded cage? Prince Charles, 12 years her senior, said at the time: "I'm amazed that she's been brave enough to take me on." And when his fiancee declared that they were in love, the prince rejoined: "Whatever that means." Diana knew marriage difficulty before her own. She was only six when her mother, Frances, left home in a society scandal that led to a messy custody battle.

At the time, life for the four Spencer children was obscurity, but they did live in the shadow of greatness on the royal family's San-dringham estate. Marriage to royalty made Diana an instant international hit. She quickly came to outshine her husband, drawing the the crowds and the cameras. But despite early signs of happiness dressed up with relative ease in the formality of royal occasions she was in Business 39-42 $2 private despair over her relationship with an odd husband whose affections still belonged to another woman, Camilla Parker Bowles, and who was jealous of the attention the world danced upon her. The princess was told to pull herself together, that her duty as to remain silent, to accept with dignity the royal traditions that had sanctioned male infidelity through the ages.

The palace told her she should be satisfied with privilege and status. But Diana and Charles had little in common. He had his Continued Page 6 COLUMN APPEARS ON PAGE 8 Lottery 6331 22 PHONE Queen of By PAUL McGEOUGH She was a vulnerable 20-year-old kindergarten teacher catapulted up the aisle of St Paul's Cathedral on the arm of her prince. Demure and self-conscious in her confection of silk and old lace, Diana Spencer as an outsider who would spend the next 16 years looking for love and certainty. She searched in herself and in the House of Windsor, but it is doubtful if she found much comfort in either place.

As the Princess of Wales she discovered the heart of the royal family could be a very cold place and as the mother of kings-to-be Prince William and Prince Harry she found torment, loneliness and a level of crazed celebrity that almost propelled her to the horrific end that came in a Paris road tunnel early yesterday morning. British royalty has had its 23. NSW: Patchy rain about thunderstorms. am Sunset 5.37 pm. Which bank's term deposit rate is this big? Call into any Commonwealth Bank branch for details or phone: TOMORROW Sydney Rain periods INSIDE CoMUKHiwealth Bank Weather today s.ydney 13 to 22- co1 to mild- Cloudy with light showers.

Liverpool 10 to 23 Richmond 8 to the east at times, re-developing about the witn an expected maximum or iy, NSW: The chance of rain and showers with moderate to heavy falls on the southern ranges. FULL DETAILS Page 25. urossworas UDiiuanes 4j Classified Index 54 Editorials 20 Opinion 21 Editorial ..92822822 Amusements 23 Education 16 Personal Classified Arts 18,19 Features 17 Sport 27-38 132535 Bridge, Chess 43 Law Notices 43 Television Guide General ....9282 2833 This offer is available for a limited time on term deposits. Standard and compound available on application. Government Commonwealth west.

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