The controversial statue of the late Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed is set to be removed from London department store Harrods and returned to the latter’s father, former owner Mohammed Al-Fayed. Revealed in 2005, the statue in question was found on the lower ground floor of the iconic British store. Standing nearly 10 feet high, the “Innocent Victims” statue features bronze figures of Diana and Dodi, dancing underneath a dove. Twenty years after their deaths, Harrods said that now was an “appropriate time” to move on.
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“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,” managing director Michael Ward said in a statement. “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.”
“We are grateful to Qatar Holdings for preserving the Dodi and Diana memorial at Harrods until now,” Mohammed Al-Fayed added in a statement. “It has enabled millions of people to pay their respects and remember these two remarkable people. It is now time to bring them home.”
This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.