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Princess Diana statue being axed so Harrods can woo royals

14 January 2018

No longer one of the many draws to Harrods, the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed will be removed.

Al-Fayed sold Harrods in 2010, and its new proprietors want to return the statue to the 88-year-old in an effort to gain back royal favor: the British monarchy has reportedly refused to shop there since Al-Fayed accused Prince Charles of being involved in Diana and Dodi's deaths.

The statue was designed by Harrods artistic design adviser Bill Mitchell, who had worked for the Fayed family for more than 40 years.

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.

Last year, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry announced plans for a new sculpture to commemorate their mother in the public grounds of 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.

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Mr Al Fayed maintained the deaths were not an accident, although an official investigation ruled out foul play.

While still under Mr Al-Fayed's ownership, Harrods cut all commercial links with the Royal Family in 2000.

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".

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

Princess Diana statue being axed so Harrods can woo royals