Diana-Dodi statue to be removed from London store

Mohammed Al Fayed commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in

Mohammed Al Fayed commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997

London luxury department store Harrods said 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.

Harrods has announced plans to remove Princess Diana And Dodi El-Fayed's tribute statue just over 20 years after their deaths.

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. Now its owners have chose to return the memorial to Mr Al Fayed.

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 vehicle crash which resulted in their deaths.

"With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana 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". All Royal Warrants were removed from the storefront and from the store's vans after 62 years.

The statue was installed at Harrods in 2005
GETTY IMAGES The statue was installed at Harrods in 2005

This news follows Prince William and Prince Harry's own announcement that have asked renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley to create the memorial statue of their mother, to be displayed at Kensington Palace.

In 2000, the Queen opted to choose Tesco over Harrods as her new provider of Christmas puddings.

A statement the Al-Fayed family said: "We are grateful to Qatar Holdings for preserving the Dodi and Diana memorial at Harrods until now".

"It is now time to bring them home".

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