LIFE

Harrods Announces Plans To Take Down Tribute Statue Of Princess Diana And Dodi Al-Fayed

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Harrods has announced plans to remove Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed’s tribute statue just over 20 years after their deaths.

The statue depicts the People’s Princess hand-in-hand with her boyfriend at the time of their deaths, under the wings of a flying albatross. The words “Innocent Victims” are written under their feet. It was commissioned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi’s father and former owner of the store, and was unveiled in 2005.

Mohamed 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, as Mohamed accused Prince Charles of being involved in Diana and Dodi’s deaths.

This news follows Prince William and Prince Harry’s announcement that they’ve asked renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley to create a memorial statue of their mother, to be displayed 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,” managing director Michael Ward told HELLO! Online. 

What do you think about Harrods removing the tribute that attracts thousands of tourists every year?

Please SHARE if you’ve seen the statue with your own eyes!

Photos: Facebook / Mary Brinkman; Wikimedia Commons / Nick Parfjonov

Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.