After spending the past month in a Paris hospital, the bodyguard and sole survivor of the fatal car wreck that killed Princess Diana and two others, is back in his native Britain today. The 29-year-old Jones, sporting a ball cap, dark glasses and a bandaged arm, appeared in public for the first time since the Labor Day accident.
But in two interviews with investigators, Rees-Jones has been unable to recount details of that crash, particularly, who or what was responsible. He did, however, recall some of the events leading up to the wreck.
It was Di's boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, who came up with the idea of sending a decoy vehicle to trick the paparazzi, and who called driver Henri Paul to drive the Mercedes. Diana had a "passive role" in the trip, according to Rees-Jones. The princess let the others make the plans and not commenting, according to police. He also said that Paul seemed "fine" before the crash. Tests have shown the driver had consumed a potent cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs before getting behind the wheel. Investigators believe Paul's intoxication is at least partially responsible for the crash, which killed Diana, Fayed and Paul.
Despite his inability to describe the paparazzi pursuit and wreck, French authorities insist Rees-Jones made "a step forward" between interviews. They're hoping for a big leap when they question him again in two weeks.
In addition to focusing on Paul's role, French authorities are seriously considering the "second-car theory." According to proponents, a small dark car sideswiped Diana's Mercedes, sending the vehicle spinning into a concrete pylon. Paint flecks and taillight fragments found at the scene came from a Fiat Uno.
Investigators told the Associated Press Thursday that mystery Fiat angle is gaining support in the ranks and is a "highly favored" explanation of the wreck.
Meanwhile, British marketers are racing to hawk Diana-bilia. Enterprising Brits are slapping Diana's image on everything imaginable to turn a profit. We've got the typical T-shirts and "Bye Bye Di" stickers, a dozen tribute books, funeral videos, songs and CDs, porcelain plates, collectible coins, stamps and dolls. And hairstylists say the most requested coif is the Diana do.