The shock reason a Princess Diana memorial has been removed

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2018

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.

Camera IconMohammed Fayed's tribute to his son Dodi, 42, and Diana, 36, who were killed in a vehicle crash in Paris in 1997, will be removed from Harrods by its new owners.

The Evening Standard reports that the memorial will be returned to Dodi's father Mohamed Al Fayed, who sold Harrods to the Qatari royal family's investment company for a reported £1.5 billion in May 2010.

Titled "Innocent Victims" it features Princess Diana and Dodi holding hands while releasing a dove.

The bronze statue, named "Innocent Victims, ' was erected in 2005 to commemorate Diana and Dodi eight years after they died in a Paris auto crash".

The Telegraph reported that the announcement was probably part of a wider plan to woo back the British royal family to the store.

Harrods said that 20 years on was the right time to remove the statue, adding that it did not want to distract from a new Diana statue at Kensington Palace commissioned by Prince Harry and William.

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.

Harrods lost its royal warrant in 2000, thanks to a "significant decline in the trading relationship over several years".

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.

Years later, he claimed the club was relegated because the new owner had had it taken down.

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 to pay respects and remember these two remarkable people".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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