The statue – ANWAR HUSSEIN COLLECT / SIPA
The end of an era. The London luxury store Harrods announced on Saturday that it would debunk the famous bronze sculpture in memory of Lady Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, entitled Innocent victims.
>> Read also: Death of Lady Diana: Twenty years later, the princess is no longer dreaming of tourists at the bridge of Alma Tribute to the deceased couple in 1997
The artwork, Installed in the store in 2005, depicts Lady Di dancing hand in hand and eyes in the eye with Dodi, who release a bird spreading its wings. She was ordered by the father of the latter, Mohamed Al Fayed, after the death of the couple in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The Diana & Dodi memorial in @Harrods is a little odd. It has the last glass they drank from, a ring, and titled statue “innocent victims”. pic.twitter.com/V6MbaKv1KP – Timothy Howard (@timothyjhoward) October 15, 2016
This statue remained in place after the sale of Harrods to Qatar Holding, the financial arm of the Qatari sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority . But the store’s general manager, Michael Ward, felt it was time to take it off, pointing out that Diana’s sons, William and Harry, had ordered their own statue in memory of their mother. This will be done by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and is scheduled to open in 2019 in Kensington Palace Gardens. , where Lady Di lived in London.
>> See also: Lady Diana: Twenty years after her death, a statue will be erected at Kensington Palace The memorial to the Al Fayed family
“We are very proud to have played our part in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al-Fayed in Harrods,” said Michael Ward in a statement.
“With the announcement of a new official commemorative statue in honor of Diana (…), we believe that the time has come to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and invite the public to pay tribute to him at the palace. “, he added.
Harrods did not specify a date for the removal of the sculpture. In 2000, the store had lost its license as a supplier of the British royal family, regularly accused by Mohamed Al-Fayed of instigating the death of the couple.
A spokesman for the Al-Fayed family said, in The Times newspaper that she was “grateful” that the statue was kept in place so far. “It has enabled millions of people to pay tribute to these two remarkable people and to remember them. The time has come to bring them home, “he added.