Life-sized statue of Princess Diana to appear in London

A statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, who died together in a Paris car crash in 1997, will soon be displayed at Harrod's department store in central London, owner Mohamed al Fayed said Wednesday.

The work commissioned by al Fayed shows the couple, who were on vacation together when they died, holding hands and gazing into each other's eyes beneath a soaring albatross a symbol of eternity and good fortune.

Diana is wearing a dress with a plunging neckline, while Dodi's shirt is unbuttoned to reveal a bare chest.

The couple and their driver Henri Paul died Aug. 31, 1997 when their Mercedes crashed into a pillar in a Paris underpass. The only survivor, Diana's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was badly hurt.

The new work's title, "Innocent Victims," reflects al Fayed's belief that his son and the princess were murdered, despite a French inquiry that blamed Paul.

"It is a tribute to what might have been if the couple's car had not crashed on Aug. 31, 1997," said Bill Mitchell, a Fayed family friend who crafted the work at a foundry in east London. Press photographers were allowed to see it for the first time Wednesday.

"The affection in which Diana is still held is remarkable, but I knew Dodi and far from being the playboy he was portrayed as, in reality he was a charming, hardworking film producer who had made his own way in life," he said, reports the AP.

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