Man testing out new camcorder records moment his friends found out Princess Diana had died

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By Asiya Ali

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A man who was trying out a new camcorder inadvertently captured his friends' reactions to Princess Diana's untimely death, back in 1997.

On this day 25 years ago, Diana Frances Spencer, the Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris, along with her partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

Diana, who was 36 at the time of her death, was arguably one of the most notable women in the world and was greatly loved by the public.

The outpouring of grief in the weeks that followed her death was unprecedented and, by chance, one man by the name of Alan Light accidentally captured the exact moment he and his friends found out about the princess' death as they sat and watched TV in Iowa City, Iowa.

Watch the incredible moment below:

At the start of the video, you see Light and his friends in a good mood playing cards with CNN playing in the background. Then, one of the friends watching the news coverage mentions that Diana has been gravely as a result of a car crash.

The group continues to play the game, however, the atmosphere suddenly changes a little over two minutes in, when the news bulletin announces that Diana had passed away, leaving the group utterly stunned by the news.

In the rest of the nearly 7-minute video, you see Light and his friends quietly watching the coverage of the event on CNN, looking visibly shellshocked.

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Princess Diana. Credit: Jonny sparks / Alamy

The video was posted on Youtube in December 2021 and has been viewed more than 10 million times. It is considered by users to be one of the first ever reaction videos on the platform.

Since posting the clip, many users had questions as to why Light captured the exact moment. He wrote his answers in the comment section of the video, explaining: "Why was I recording? I was trying out a new camcorder by recording friends playing the card game UNO."

"When my mom called me to say that Diana was in a car crash I turned on the TV, on silent, and we kept playing the game while monitoring the text on the bottom of the TV screen," he continued.

"When CNN announced that Diana had died I didn't turn the camera back to the TV because my instinct was that it would be more interesting to capture my friends' reactions," he added.

It's safe to say that the video deserves to be placed in the historical archive as it is a sentiment to the beloved princess.

Featured image credit: David Hickes / Alamy

Man testing out new camcorder records moment his friends found out Princess Diana had died

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

A man who was trying out a new camcorder inadvertently captured his friends' reactions to Princess Diana's untimely death, back in 1997.

On this day 25 years ago, Diana Frances Spencer, the Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris, along with her partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

Diana, who was 36 at the time of her death, was arguably one of the most notable women in the world and was greatly loved by the public.

The outpouring of grief in the weeks that followed her death was unprecedented and, by chance, one man by the name of Alan Light accidentally captured the exact moment he and his friends found out about the princess' death as they sat and watched TV in Iowa City, Iowa.

Watch the incredible moment below:

At the start of the video, you see Light and his friends in a good mood playing cards with CNN playing in the background. Then, one of the friends watching the news coverage mentions that Diana has been gravely as a result of a car crash.

The group continues to play the game, however, the atmosphere suddenly changes a little over two minutes in, when the news bulletin announces that Diana had passed away, leaving the group utterly stunned by the news.

In the rest of the nearly 7-minute video, you see Light and his friends quietly watching the coverage of the event on CNN, looking visibly shellshocked.

wp-image-1263167306 size-full
Princess Diana. Credit: Jonny sparks / Alamy

The video was posted on Youtube in December 2021 and has been viewed more than 10 million times. It is considered by users to be one of the first ever reaction videos on the platform.

Since posting the clip, many users had questions as to why Light captured the exact moment. He wrote his answers in the comment section of the video, explaining: "Why was I recording? I was trying out a new camcorder by recording friends playing the card game UNO."

"When my mom called me to say that Diana was in a car crash I turned on the TV, on silent, and we kept playing the game while monitoring the text on the bottom of the TV screen," he continued.

"When CNN announced that Diana had died I didn't turn the camera back to the TV because my instinct was that it would be more interesting to capture my friends' reactions," he added.

It's safe to say that the video deserves to be placed in the historical archive as it is a sentiment to the beloved princess.

Featured image credit: David Hickes / Alamy