Surprisingly, although they may have spent their final moments together, Princess Diana and Egyptian billionaire and film producer Dodi Fayed were only together for a short time before their deaths on August 31, 1997. In fact, it was only that summer that the two got together.
According to Time, although they may have met years before, Diana and Fayed only started dating a few months before they died — some have even guessed that the relationship probably began sometime around July 1997. Fayed came from a well-established background, as his father, Mohamed Al Fayed, is a highly successful Egyptian businessman and billionaire in his own right, having owned several companies which are well-established in Europe.
Some of these companies include Harrods in London, and the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, where Diana and Dodi actually spent some of their final hours together on August 30. According to the BBC, rumors of the romance between the former Princess of Wales and Dodi began swirling in the U.K. when the tabloids snapped photos of them on Mohamed’s yacht in the Mediterranean.