London's Harrods to remove Princess Diana memorial

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Mr. Al Fayed erected the bronze monument as a tribute to Diana and Dodi following their deaths.

It is entitled Innocent Victims, a reference to Mr Al Fayed's belief - unsupported by any evidence, according to the inquest - that the couple were murdered on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Unveiled in 2005, Innocent Victims depicts the pair dancing beneath a dove.

British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.

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

Camera IconIn 2003, former Harrods department store owner Mohamed al Fayed requested a public investigation into the death of Diana Princess of Wales and his son Dodi. The statue was added in 2005.

But the store's managing director, Michael Ward, said it was now time to return it, noting that Diana's sons Princes William and Harry were commissioning their own statue to their mother at Kensington Palace.

Mr Al Fayad sold Harrods to the Qatari Royal family in 2010 for about £1.5bn.

Store bosses said they had consulted Mr Fayed on the move but would not say how he felt.

Royals stopped shopping at the popular central London site after Fayed accused the Duke of Edinburgh of ordering the murders of his son and Diana by staging the 1997 Paris auto crash which resulted in their deaths.

"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 20 years", he said.

"It has enabled millions of people to pay their respects and remember these two remarkable people", it added. Royal biographer Penny Junor said: "It was personal to him and since it's no longer his shop I think its fair the new owners give it back".

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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