On September 13, 1982, as she left Roc Agel with 17-year-old Stéphanie to drive them to the train station in the direction of Paris, where the teenager was starting school in a few days, Kelly missed a painful turn down the road. a steep winding road, and they went through a low retaining wall and tumbled 120 feet down the hill.
Neither mother nor daughter wore seat belts.
It was later determined that Kelly had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while driving the vehicle, a 1971 Rover P6 3500, although this did not prevent JFK-caliber conspiracy theories from piling up as to who was driving, who was driving. what really went wrong etc. Anyway, the next day, Princess Grace of Monaco was taken out of the resuscitation system and died. She was only 52 years old.
Caroline recalled to Jeffrey Robinson for his 1989 book Rainier & Grace: an intimate portrait that his mother “was not feeling very well” before the accident. “She was incredibly tired. It had been a very busy summer. She hadn’t stopped going and doing things all summer. She had done too much. She never mentioned it or didn’t care. complained though. But she wasn’t in great shape. “
Stephanie told Robinson that her mother complained of a headache during the ride and quickly felt a sharp pain in her head. It seemed to her that she was passing out for a second, and the car began to swerve. Stephanie suspected in hindsight that Grace wanted to slam on the brakes but instead stepped on the accelerator, although it was also possible that she had no sensation in her legs. Investigators found no trace of skidding at the scene of the accident.
A gardener working at a nearby property helped pull Stephanie out of the passenger side window. “” Please ask for help, call the palace, I am Princess Stephanie, call my father and get help, “” she recalls.
Almost 100 million people watched Princess Grace’s televised funeral, which was attended by Princess Diana, racing driver Cary Grant Jackie stewart, First Lady of the United States Nancy reagan and other dignitaries from around the world.