Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.
The owners of the famous Knightsbridge department store have informed former owner Mohamed al Fayed, Dodi’s father, and he has accepted the decision.
When he sold Harrods for a reported £1.5 billion to the Qatari Royal Family in May 2010 he begged them to keep the statue in place.
British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.
The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.
The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.
The decision follows the announcement by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry on plans to commission a new statue commemorating the Princess in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Michael Ward, Managing Director at Harrods, said: “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 twenty years.
“With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, 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,” he added.
The memorial – both the statue and the foundation – had been left in place to commemorate the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi since Mr. Al-Fayed transferred ownership of the store to its current owners. Both will now be returned.
Harrods is following due process with regards to the logistics of its return.
Immortalizing Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in bronze, this memorial has attracted thousands of people to Harrods to pay their respects.
Mr. Al Fayed erected the monument as a tribute to the couple after they died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Called Innocent Victims, it shows Diana and his son Dodi with their hands raised towards a seagull.