Memorial: Dodi and Diana - Harrods
Erection date: /4/1998
Both the Egyptian escalator and associated decorations and the bronze statue were designed by Bill Mitchell. The pyramid shrine was installed here in April 1998. The statue was unveiled in September 2005. We have seen a photo of the statue being polished at the Bronze Age Foundry.
Site: Dodi and Diana - Harrods (1 memorial)
SW1, Brompton Road, Harrods
On the lower ground floor at the foot of the Egyptian escalator there is a statue and a candle-lit shrine to Dodi and Diana - their images beneath a pyramid-shaped display case containing a ring Dodi had given Diana and the wine glass she used in her last meal. It was said at one time that the condolence book was so popular that it had to be replaced every 10 days.
Elsewhere in the store there is supposed to be a waxwork of Fayed himself, but we decided not to include this self-aggrandising memorial on our site.
During the 2007 inquest into the deaths Fayed's website (www.alfayed.com - no longer functioning) provided daily coverage.
2018: The Evening Standard reports that, now that plans exist for an official memorial statue to Diana, Mohamed al Fayed has accepted the decision of the Qatari Royal Family (the current owners of Harrods) to remove this statue. The Daily Star says it is to be returned to Fayad before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Once the statue has gone the Qataris probably hope that Harrods will regain the patronage of the Royal Family. One wonders where they have been acquiring their diamonds since 2000.