Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the car crash that killed Princess Diana and two others almost a year ago, appealed for privacy for all the families involved "to let us mark this tragic anniversary in our own way."
Rees-Jones, who spoke to APTV, The Associated Press' international video news agency, in a taped statement released Monday, said he would make no further public comments until the conclusion of a judicial inquiry into the Aug. 31 crash in Paris.Also killed in the crash were driver Henri Paul, who was legally drunk, and Diana's boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, son of Harrods' owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Rees-Jones, who has told investigators he remembers very little about the crucial moments before the crash, was employed by Al Fayed as a bodyguard at the time.
"I've cooperated fully with the judge who's investigating the accident and told him all I know up to this present time," Rees-Jones said in his statement, the first time he has spoken publicly. "I may wish to ask to see the judge again in the future, but I've no intention of doing so at this moment."
The former bodyguard, who has scars marking the left side of his face as a result of the crash, now works in a sports shop in Oswestry in central England.
His lawyer, Ian Lucas, told APTV that Rees-Jones made the statement because he has been inundated with requests for interviews.
"I'd like everyone to appreciate this August will be a difficult time for myself, my family and for all the families involved in this tragic accident," Rees-Jones said. "I'd like everyone and the press to appreciate that and respect our privacy and let us mark this tragic anniversary in our own way."