Harrods department store 'to remove' Princess Diana memorial

Harrods department store 'to remove' Princess Diana memorial

The owners of the luxury department store Harrods have announced that they will be removing the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales and her lover, Dodi Fayed.

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.

The Princess of Wales was killed on 31 August 1997 in a vehicle crash in Paris, alongside close friend, Dodi Al Fayed.

"I have named the sculpture Innocent Victims, because for eight years I have fought to prove that my son and Princess Diana were murdered", Fayed said in 2005.

This news follows Prince William and Prince Harry's own announcement that have asked renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley to create the memorial statue of their mother, to be displayed at Kensington Palace.

Managing Director at Harrods, Michael Ward said: "We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past twenty years".

While still under Mr Al-Fayed's ownership, Harrods cut all commercial links with the Royal Family in 2000.

Ten years later, he revealed he had had the "cursed" warrants burned.

A spokesman for the Al Fayed family told The Times newspaper it was "grateful" to Qatar Holdings for preserving the memorial of the couple, adding: "It is now time to bring them home". Now its owners have chose to return the memorial to Mr Al Fayed.

Years later, he claimed the club was relegated because the new owner had had it taken down.

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