London store Harrods to remove Diana statue

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

It remained there after he sold Harrods to the investment arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund in 2010.

Mr Al Fayed said he wanted to keep the pair's "spirit alive" through the statue.

The surprise was not that it is going, but that it lasted this long. "I always thought it was tacky".

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

Camera IconCrowds outside Harrods in 1997 where pictures of Diana and Dodi were placed in a window.

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 royals stopped shopping at the store after Mr Al Fayed, 88, accused the Duke of Edinburgh of masterminding the death of Diana and his son.


The first part of the memorial featured photos of the lovers.

Ever since the Qatari royal family bought Harrods for a reputed £1.5 billion it has been keen to win back the Royal Family's patronage and restore a once coveted relationship.

Harrods announced the move after Diana's sons William and Harry approved plans to build a statue of their mum in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

The store is a heritage listed building so the statue and shrine will need to be removed carefully to avoid damaging its architecture.

The statue will be returned to the Knightsbridge store's former owner and father of Dodi, Mohamed Al Fayed, who commissioned the memorial after the couple were killed in a Paris vehicle crash in 1997.

The Fayed family said: "We are grateful to Qatar Holdings for preserving the Dodi and Diana memorial at Harrods until now. It is now time to bring them home".

This story originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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