Sculpture of Princess of Wales and her partner will be returned to Fayed family, while brand-new memorial has been commissioned by William and Harry
A statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed that has been largely described as “tacky” will be removed from Harrods.
The bronze sculpture of the couple, who died in a auto accident in Paris two decades ago, has been on display at the west London department store since 2005.
It was commissioned by Mohamed Al Fayed, who owned Harrods at the time but exchanged it to the Qatar Investment Authority in 2010 for about PS1. 5bn.
The store’s boss, Michael Ward, said it was now time to return the bronze given that princes William and Harry had commissioned their own tribute to their baby at Kensington Palace.
” We feel that the time is right to return this commemoration to Mr Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace ,” Ward said.
It was not clear where reference is would be removed from the cellar of Harrods, or whether Fayed would seek to keep the bronze on public display.
A Fayed family spokesman told the Times they were “grateful” to the Qatari fund for preserving the monumental of the couple, contributing:” It is now is now time to returning them home .”
When the statue was unveiled, Fayed said it was a more” fitting salute” to Diana than the government officials monumental fountain in Hyde Park that he described as a “sewer”.
The Harrods statue reveals Diana in a low-cut dress with a slit up to the thigh and Dodi in an open shirt. The duet are shown dancing in Mediterranean wavings beneath the backstages of an albatross, which supposedly symbolised freedom and eternity.
” I have referred the figure Innocent Victims, because for eight years I have fought to prove that my son and Princess Diana were slaughtered ,” Fayed said in 2005.
” This is a effigy is to remain for ever. Until now nothing has been done to preserve her memory and gift. She was an astonishing female who fetched elation to the whole world .”
The statue was designed by Harrods artistic layout consultant Bill Mitchell, who had worked for the Fayed family for more than 40 times.