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Trevor Rees-Jones: the only person who knows what really happened

Police Will Have to Wait for Sole Survivor

Police will have to wait to speak to Trevor Rees-Jones, the one man who survived the crash. A spokeswoman for the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, in Paris, said Trevor Rees-Jones will be in hospital for many weeks, and may need another operation.

Mr Rees-Jones, 29, remains in intensive care with serious head and chest injuries.

He was the personal bodyguard of Dodi Fayed, and one of a group of 40 ex-soldiers who are hired to protect the family of the Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Mr Rees-Jones was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes S-280 when it crashed on Sunday. Friends and family believe he survived not only because he was wearing his seatbelt, but because he is so physically fit.

The hospital spokeswoman said: "Mr Rees-Jones remains seriously injured but there is no immediate threat to his life. He will be in hospital for several weeks and will not be able to talk to police for some time. He may need further treatment including an operation."

Mr Rees-Jones' mother Jill, step-father Ernie and wife Sue, a former buyer at Harrods, are regular visitors to the hospita. They they have refused to comment on his condition - his mother said that they had been asked not to speak to the press.

The conduct of the paparazzi is central to the police investigation into the tragedy.

A doctor who gave first aid to the dying Princess has said that between 10 and 15 photographers were taking pictures while he tried to save Diana's life. The police have taken 20 rolls of film from the photographers to be developed in the hope that they may also throw light on the details of the crash.

Vital evidence will come from Mr Rees-Jones when he is able to talk to police.

The 29 year old former British soldier had been a member of the Royal Military Police close protection team who guard British VIPs and diplomats all over the world.

He was also a member of the Parachute Regiment and was in the army for five years, including service in the Gulf and in Northern Ireland.