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23 August 2010 :: 09:08:31 am 36203

Royal Desecration: Harrods Warrants Removed & Burnt

Former owner of Harrods, Mohamed Al Fayed has had the royal warrants taken down from the store and burned.
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UK 22nd August 2010: The world famous store Harrods was sold to the Qatari royal family by the former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed for £1.5 billion in May this year after which he ordered that the endorsements from the Queen, the Duke of Windsor, the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana be removed and burned. He said the royal warrants were a curse on the store and since their removal, business had tripled.

Mr. Fayed made these comments in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, also stating that a fitting public memorial to Diana Princess of Wales and his son Dodi who both died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 was called for.

The first ever royal warrant was in 1913 and each one was reviewed every five years. Renewal generally depends on how often the store was being used by the Royals. The four royal warrants were removed in 2000 and at the same time, Fayed said he had decided not to renew the warrants as the Royal Family have not shopped there for several years so continuing to display them would be hypocritical and misleading.

Mr. Fayed requested that two memorials of Diana and Dodi be kept inside the store and continued to say in his letter that “Unless and until the country gives the princess the thanks and devotion she deserves in the form of a fitting memorial, the statue, Innocent Victims should remain to remind the world of what was lost when two young people who were on the brink of happiness died.”

Mr. Fayed went on to say that the fountain in Hyde Park, a memorial to the late princess, was misconceived. He added that, “With regard to the Royal Family visiting Harrods again, I doubt they would dare to show their faces.” A lengthy campaign was waged by the millionaire Al Fayed, in order to prove that the princess and his son were murdered in a conspiracy.

Reggie Colbeck

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