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"They went in too fast": Princess Diana's driver Colin Tebbut breaks 20-year silence on her fatal crash and says he wishes he'd been behind the wheel

Mirror logo Mirror 10/8/2017 Vicki Newman

Princess Diana's former driver has spoken out about the night she died in a fatal car crash, breaking his 20-year silence.

Royal protection officer Colin Tebbut says he wishes he had been driving that night, and he believes that the car went into the tunnel "too fast".

Appearing on today's Good Morning Britain, he said: "I think they went in too fast but in the inquest that was sorted out, I've driven through the tunnel myself."

Credits: Tim Graham Photo Library © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Tim Graham Photo Library Colin had driven Diana for two years and flew to Paris just a few hours after she died in the horror crash to oversee her return to Britain.

GMB's Kate Garraway asked Colin if he wished he'd been driving that night.

He said: "Yes you always do that. You always do that.

"That is not good to have in the mind."

Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV The interview was the first time Colin has spoken to the media since the crash that killed the Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Talking about travelling to Paris after Diana's death, he said: "I was taken in to help. I went to the hotel and then I went to the hospital and arrived at the hospital – lots of people about on I think it was the first floor and there was a lot of people."

He added: "Very difficult and emotional to see a person lying in a bed and not in a mortuary and when I was in the room, which was very very hot, I looked out of the window and I could see people on a roof.

Credits: Hulton Archive © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Hulton Archive "Now whether they knew where the princess was I don’t know but that worried me so I got some blankets, because there were no curtains, and we put blankets along the windows, which made it even hotter in the room.

"I then went and got some fans to try and cool the room down.

"That was one moment in my life when perhaps my professionalism was lacking a little bit because when I turned round the eyelashes and the hair of the princess were moving caused by the fan and that just struck me.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA "I had to turn away, think about it and grip myself back and get on with what I was doing."

And speaking about Diana, he said: "She had a tremendous sense of humour, and wherever we went, I never had a cross word in two years.

"That year up to her death she felt to me – she was good she seemed to be living a good life and happy."

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6.30am on ITV

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