Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Harrods to return statue of Dodi and Diana to Mohammed Al Fayed

The statue of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is to be removed from Harrods following a plan by her sons to erect a new statue of the princess at Kensington Palace Harrods to return statue of Dodi and Diana to Mohammed Al Fayed
Lora Ball | 14 January, 2018, 13:16

London luxury department store Harrods is removing a statue of the late Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed, in what is being seen as an attempt by its Qatari owners to entice the British royals back through its doors.

Mohammed Al Fayed commissioned the bronze statue, depicting his son and Diana dancing, after the two were killed in a Paris auto crash in 1997. It was commissioned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi's father and former owner of the store, and was unveiled 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.

While the controversial statue remained in place, there had been little chance that Harrods would regain the favour of the British royals.

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The Harrods statue shows Diana in a low-cut dress with a slit up to the thigh and Dodi in an open shirt.

Widely derided as kitsch, the memorial consists of a bronze statue of the couple dancing on a beach beneath the wings of an albatross.

"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. "She was an awesome woman who brought joy to the whole world".

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.

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