He was a close confidante of Princess Diana in the months before her death, and a priest has now revealed Di would have married Dodi Fayed had it not been for the tragic accident that claimed their lives.
Father Frank Gelli was a priest at St Mary Abbots Church near Diana’s former Kensington Palace home, admitting the besotted princess had marriage firmly in her sights when it came to Dodi, who was of Muslim faith.
“She wanted to know if it was possible for two people of different religions to marry. I told her it was,” Father Gelli told The Sunday Express.
“As we spoke her telephone rang. It was obviously Dodi. Her eyes lit up. As she was leaving she asked me if I would be able to perform the service when she got married. Her love was obvious.”
In a tragic twist of fate, Princess Diana called Father Gelli while she was on a Mediterranean holiday with Dodi, telling the priest she had “good news” and organising a meeting on her return.
However just a few days later, Diana and Dodi would be involved in a car accident in Paris that would take their lives.
“I feel sure that if Diana and Dodi had not been killed, they would have married," Father Gelli told The Sunday Express.
It’s a belief reportedly held by Dodi’s business tycoon father Mohamed Fayed, with insiders saying Mohamed knew of the couple’s plans to go public with their engagement.
“Mohamed believes they were in love and were going to announce their engagement in London the day after the tragedy,” a source told The Sun.
“He will never get over the death of his son, or that of the Princess — because of the love he had for both.”