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

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

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.

Iconic British department store Harrods is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed that's been in place for 13 years.

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

The businessman commissioned the bronze statue, depicting his son and Diana dancing, after the two were killed in a Paris auto crash in 1997.

His outrageous claims that Prince Philip ordered Diana's assassination to stop her marrying a Muslim led Buckingham Palace to withdraw the store's prestigious royal warrant in 2000.

Camera IconThe Innocent Victims bronze statue of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed, was installed in Harrods in 2005.

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

"We feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace", Ward said.

Mr Al-Fayed is now in discussions with the store about when and how the handover will happen.

Harrods, which is now owned by the Qatari royal family, made the decision following news that a new one was to be constructed at nearby 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.

A bronze statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed has been unveiled at Harrods eight years after their deaths.

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".

"It has enabled millions of people to pay their respects and remember these two remarkable people".

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