The moment I learned of Princess Diana’s death

Photo from Princess Diana's personal album shows her with Prince William while pregnant with Prince Harry. Released by Kensington Palace on July 22, 2017, it is featured in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.'

LONDON — Like the moment in November 1963 when news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy broke, 20 years after the death of Princess Diana many people can recall where they were or what they were doing when she died.

“It was very, very strange after her death, you know, the sort of outpouring of love and emotion from so many people that had never even met her,” Prince Harry, who was just 12 when his mother died, said in the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.

“I was thinking to myself, ‘How is it that so many people that never met this woman, my mother, can be crying and showing more emotion that I actually am feeling?’ “.

These are some other people’s chronicles on the moment they learned of Diana’s passing:.

Elizabeth Emmanuel

“I was in bed, it was 5 in the morning, and my dad called me and said ‘you’d better turn on the TV,’ ” said Emmanuel, 64, from London, who with her former husband David, designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress and many other outfits worn by the young princess in the 1980s.

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“They didn’t announce she was dead (at first), they just said she was in a car crash.”.

Emmanuel added, “It was unbelievable. It was really terrible. You don’t think anybody like that would just die. She was such an iconic and wonderful person. She was in people’s hearts. It was like losing family. The time has gone so quickly. She is (still) such a big part of our lives.”.

Phil Dampier

“I got a call about 2 a.M. From a photographer to say there was something I needed to know: There had been a car crash and that Dodi (Fayed, Diana’s companion) was dead and Diana was injured,” said Dampier, a former journalist who covered Princess Diana for Britain’s Sun newspaper and whose new book, Diana: I’m Going to be Me: The People’s Princess Revealed in Her Own Words, was published in June.

“So I got up and started watching the television. By that time I had left the Sun and was working as the royal editor for an Australian magazine. For me, the strange thing was that while most people did not know what was going on in the United Kingdom because of the late hour and the time difference, in Australia and other parts of the world, they did.”.

Dampier said, “I remember calling one hardened photographer to tell him she had died and I heard his wife shriek in the background and then burst into tears. It was quite eerie. It was about 5 a.M. Then, of course … The enormity of it all sank in.”.

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He added, “There’s a whole generation of kids, anyone under 30, who don’t remember her or even know who she is. A lot of people are discovering Diana for the first time.”.

Chris Anderson

“I’d gone back to my student halls (college dorm),” said Anderson, 39, an accountant from London, who was studying at a university when Diana died. “The story broke late at night — I think we (he and his fellow students) were awake, and I remember seeing it on TV,” he said.

“We were all really shocked. It was one of those moments you never forget. It was disbelief. We started phoning people we knew. It wasn’t until she died that it became so apparent what a big presence she was.”.

Temi Adamolekun

“I was 18, and I was at home and my then boyfriend called me to tell me,” said Adamolekun, 37, who was living in London when Diana died. She now lives in San Francisco and is co-founder of Radiant Workspace, a co-working space for women.

“I came to Kensington Palace to lay flowers later that evening. It was such a somber atmosphere, to see so many people so sad. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many flowers in my life.”.

John Loughrey

John Loughrey, 62, had just opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate his wife’s birthday. They happened to turn on the news and heard there had been a terrible accident in the French capital.

“We didn’t drink any of that champagne. It went back in the fridge with the cork off,” he said. “Then, when it was confirmed that Diana was dead, we just cried,” said the man who calls himself Diana’s biggest fan.

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“I didn’t cry alone. The whole world cried. She was special.”.

Darren McGrady

“I got up in the morning, switched on the TV and I remember the presenter saying, ‘For those of you just joining, Princess Diana has died in a car accident.’ I thought it was a stunt, or a bad joke, but it was on all the channels, we only had four in those days, and I couldn’t believe it,” said McGrady, 55, who was Princess Diana’s personal chef at Kensington Palace from 1993 until she died.

“I called my wife and my parents. They had seen it on the TV, too. I was at home so I called the Palace but couldn’t get through, so I went into work. … I just couldn’t accept that she wasn’t coming back.

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