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London store Harrods to remove Diana statue

AFP  |  London 

luxury department store said today it was taking down a statue of the late and her boyfriend Al Fayed and returning it to former owner

Al Fayed commissioned the bronze statue, which shows his son and holding hands and releasing a bird, after they were killed in a in 1997.

It remained there after he sold to the investment arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund in 2010.

But the store's managing director, Michael Ward, said it was now time to return it, noting that Diana's sons Princes William and Harry were commissioning their own statue to their mother at

"We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, of Wales, and Al Fayed at and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years," he said.

"With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, of 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."

Al Fayed has accused the royals of masterminding the death of and his son, and as a result Harrods lost its royal warrant in 2000.

A for the Al Fayed family told newspaper it was "grateful" to Holdings for preserving the memorial of the couple, adding: "It is now time to bring them home.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 20:20 IST