The shock reason a Princess Diana memorial has been removed

The statue of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is to be removed from Harrods following a plan by her sons to erect a new statue of the princess at Kensington Palace

The statue of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is to be removed from Harrods following a plan by her sons to erect a new statue of the princess at Kensington Palace

The statue of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed was unveiled at Harrods on September 1, 2005.

The statue depicts the People's Princess hand-in-hand with her boyfriend at the time of their deaths, under the wings of a flying albatross.

Now, they have seized the opportunity to remove the shrine and return it to its owner, Dodi's father Mohammed al Fayed, 88, in the hope that it might one day entice the British monarchy back through its doors.

This news follows Prince William and Prince Harry's own announcement that have asked renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley to create the memorial statue of their mother, to be displayed at Kensington Palace.

But now Qatari owners of the department store will hand the 10ft memorial, entitled Innocent Victims, to former owner - and Dodi's dad - Mohamed Al-Fayed.

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"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".

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 vehicle crash which resulted in their deaths.

The statue will be returned to the Fayed family with planning for the move to take place over the next few months. All Royal Warrants were removed from the storefront and from the store's vans after 62 years.

"It is now time to bring them home".