‘No one could have predicted it.’ Princess Diana’s death was commemorated 24 years later.
Even specialists who work on huge events on a regular basis were surprised by PRINCESS DIANA’s unexpected demise.
Princess Diana was killed in a vehicle accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Millions of people throughout the world were devastated by the death of the late Princess of Wales.
And, according to one of the important people who covered the historic occasion, this awful demise came as a complete surprise to no one.
Former NBC News special programming producer Beth O’Connell recalls how startling it was to learn about the Paris vehicle disaster.
“Part of the role of the executive producer of special events is to predict important occurrences that will effect viewers and history,” she told this website.
“We prepare for presidents and popes to die.
“However, no one could have predicted the untimely demise of a 36-year-old Princess and cultural icon.
“She was the most photographed lady in the world, leading what appeared to be a perfect life. She was gorgeous, elegant, regal, as well as a sympathetic humanitarian.
“Yet it came to such a startling and horrible conclusion.”
Ms. O’Connell said that she had only started working at NBC News six days before the car accident.
She was, however, the journalist who advised that the news be covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because no other executive could be found on that Saturday night.
“Once the wires confirmed that Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul were in the car and dead, we suspected Diana was gravely injured,” she continued.
“At 9.50 p.m. ET (2.50 a.m. BST), I composed a very precisely scripted broadcast ‘interrupt.’”
Ms. O’Connell, who covered the news of Princess Diana’s death until the day of her funeral in London, also reflected on what she found the most agonizing about it.
“The most excruciating moment for me was watching her lads take up the path behind the gun carriage,” said the journalist, who also spoke on a special episode of the We Interrupt This Broadcast podcast called “The Death of Princess Di.”
“Whatever we were experiencing individually or collectively at the time, it was nothing compared to what we witnessed on those boys’ faces.
“We wanted viewers all across the world to experience what we were experiencing at the time.
“So we just stood there watching and listening to the horses clopping and admiring the lovely flowers placed out.”Brinkwire Summary News”.