Harrods to remove Diana and Fayed statue

Crowds mob Mohammed al Fayed outside Harrods to pay respects to Diana and Dodi

Crowds mob Mohammed al Fayed outside Harrods to pay respects to Diana and Dodi

Al-Fayed sold Harrods in 2010, and its new proprietors want to return the statue to the 88-year-old in an effort to gain back royal favor: the British monarchy has reportedly refused to shop there since Al-Fayed accused Prince Charles of being involved in Diana and Dodi's deaths.

A bronze statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed has been unveiled at Harrods eight years after their deaths.

British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that the bronze statue in the London store will be returned to Dodi's father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.

He maintains their deaths in a Paris auto crash in 1997 were not an accident.

On the base of the statue is written "Innocent Victims".

A Fayed family spokesman told the Times they were "grateful" to the Qatari fund for preserving the memorial of the couple, adding: "It is now time to bring them home".


The iconic Knightsbridge department store, long a symbol of great opulence and extravagance, had enjoyed unrivalled financial success but since 2000 had lacked the one thing to which ambitious retailers aspire: a royal warrant.

Mr Al Fayed retaliated by ordering all remaining royal warrants to be taken down from the facade of Harrods and burned, describing them as a "curse" on the store.

The statue was installed at Harrods in 2005.

Mr Ward said "the time was right" to take down the shrine.

The store's boss, Michael Ward, said it was now time to return the statue given that princes William and Harry had commissioned their own tribute to their mother at Kensington Palace.

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