Statue Of Princess Diana And Dodi Al-Fayed Has Been Removed From Harrods. Why?
When the People's Princess, Diana, died in the 1997 Paris car crash, people were shocked. At the time of her death, she was with Emad "Dodi" Al-Fayed, her Egyptian partner.
The infamous Harrods statue
In 2005, a statue was erected at the famous Harrods in their honor. The statue, commissioned by Dodi Al-Fayed's father who owned Harrods at the time, was titled Innocent Victims.
It showed Princess Diana in her classic haircut and an evening gown, dancing with Dodi Al-Fayed beneath the wings of an albatross.
Although, it was an effort by Mohamed Al-Fayed to commemorate his son, the statue got a lot of criticism for its depiction of Princess Diana.
Harrods removes the statue
Prince William and Harry announced last year that a new statue of their mother had been commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
And in response, Innocent Victims has now been moved to the family home of the Al-Fayeds.
Harrods managing director, Michael Ward, said earlier this year:
We’re very proud to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years.
It would seem that Harrods does not want to be in competition with the palace over visitors who will want to pay their respects to Princess Diana. Ward noted that they were returning the statue to Mr. Al-Fayed so that the public could pay their respect at the palace.
Did Diana love Dodi?
Dodi Al-Fayed was the oldest son of the billionaire family. He was regarded as something of a playboy, and Diana's bodyguard has said in the past that the princess was not in love with him.
Her infamous yachting holiday in the South of France, with her sons, was at his invitation. She had returned in August 1997 without her sons, when she died in the car crash.