Diana arriving at the Ritz Hotel with her bodyguard on the evening before she died (Image: PA)

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A doctor who treated Princess Diana on the night she died says medics "fought hard" to save her and the tragedy has "marked him for life".

MonSef Dahman was working at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital on August 31, 1997, when Princess Diana was rushed to the emergency room following a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel.

Diana, 36, had been in a car with boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, driver Henri Paul, 41, and Mr Fayed's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who was in the front passenger seat and the only person to survive the crash.

The Princess of Wales was treated by doctors at the scene before being moved to hospital.

Dr Dahman, 56, who was a young duty general surgeon at the time, said medical staff that night did everything they could to save Diana's life.

Police remove the wreck of the Mercedez-Benz which was carrying Princess Diana
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The doctor said he was resting in the duty room when Bruno Riou, the senior duty anaesthetist, asked him to go to the emergency room urgently.

He said as soon as he arrived, he understood the gravity of the situation.

Mr Dahman, who was 33 at the time, was then informed the young lady was Diana.

He told the Daily Mail : "For any doctor, any surgeon, it is of very great importance to be faced with such a young woman who is in this condition. But of course even more so if she is a princess."

MonSef Dahman said doctors did everything they could to try and save Diana's life

The medics treated Diana for hours and one of France's leading heart surgeons, Professor Alain Pavie, joined the team at the hospital.

The doctor said: "We fought hard, we tried a lot, really an awful lot. We could not save her. And that affected us very much."

At 4am the team accepted they could not do anything else and sadly Diana was pronounced dead.

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The surgeon said the following morning he noticed his shoes were stained with Diana's blood and that while walking in the hospital a man said he wanted to buy them from him because they had "royal blood" on them.

He refused and as soon as possible washed them.

Now, 24 years on, Mr Dahman still thinks about that fateful night, because living through something similar "marks you all your life".

Prince Harry and Prince William will unveil a statue for their mum on July 1
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He said: "The thought that you have lost an important person for whom you cared, marks you all your life.

"When it's a princess and you follow her funeral along with billions of other people, and you had tried to save her, that obviously marks you. It marks you all your life. Because it's so terrible that this beautiful person had such a tragic end."

This year Prince Harry and Prince William will unveil a statue for Diana to mark what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1.

The statue, the first of its kind, will be placed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.

Harry and William first announced plans for a statue in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of their mother's death.