Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

London store Harrods to remove Diana statue

London store Harrods to remove Diana statue

London luxury department store Harrods said on Saturday it was taking down a statue of the late Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and returning it to former owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

The bronze figure shows the couple, who died in a auto crash in Paris in 1997, holding hands underneath a bird with its wings outstretched.

The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.

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.

It was not clear when it would be removed from the basement of Harrods, or whether Fayed would seek to keep the statue on public display. Now its owners have chose to return the memorial to Mr Al Fayed.

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.

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

The three-metre high bronze statue, entitled "Innocent Victims", shows Diana and Dodi holding hands and releasing a bird.

"This is a statue to stay here for ever. She was an fantastic woman who brought joy to the whole world".

Mr Al Fayed sold Harrods to the Qatari royal family in 2010 for a reported £1.5 billion.

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