Harrods plans to remove the Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed statue

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

"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", Ward told the newspaper.

Harrods was sold in May 2010 for a reported £1.5 billion to the Qatari Royal Family at which time Mr Al-Fayed asked that the memorial be kept in place.

The store said that following the announcement past year that the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had commissioned a new sculpture to commemorate their mother, to be erected at Kensington Palace, the time was right to return the statue to the Egyptian tycoon.

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.

The decision follows the announcement by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry on plans to commission a new statue commemorating the Princess in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

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

The logistics of returning the statue are still under work.

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 auto crash which resulted in their deaths.

"It is now time to bring them home".

In 2005 he added the statue, designed by Bill Mitchell which shows the pair beneath the wings of an albatross, symbolising freedom and eternity, with the waters of the Mediterranean lapping around their feet.

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