London store to re­move Princess Diana’s statue

The Gulf Today - - WORLD -

LONDON: 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.

Al Fayed com­mis­sioned the bronze statue, which shows his son and Diana hold­ing hands and re­leas­ing a bird, af­ter they were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.

It re­mained there af­ter he sold Harrods to the in­vest­ment arm of a Gulf coun­try’s sov­er­eign wealth fund in 2010.

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.

“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.

File / Agence France-presse

A memo­rial to Diana is seen in London.

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