Mohamed Al-Fayed ‘blamed self for tragic loss of Dodi and Diana’, – Andrew Neil

Mohamed Al-Fayed ‘blamed self for tragic loss of Dodi and Diana’, – Andrew Neil

According to a report by journalist Andrew Neil, Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods and Fulham FC, blamed himself for the tragic deaths of his son, Dodi, and Princess Diana. Mr. Al-Fayed, who passed away at the age of 94, expressed this self-blame in a conversation with Neil.

Personal Dealings with Al-Fayed

Neil, a former editor of The Sunday Times, recounted his personal dealings with the eccentric billionaire. He had been hired by Mr. Al-Fayed as a media consultant, as the businessman had aspirations of building a media empire.

Tragic Events in 1997

The tragic events unfolded in August 1997 when Dodi and Princess Diana, who were in a relationship, lost their lives in a car crash in Paris as they attempted to escape pursuing paparazzi. Mr. Al-Fayed owned the Ritz hotel in Paris, where they were staying.

Cockamamie Escape Plan

Neil’s article revealed that Dodi came up with an escape plan to evade the paparazzi by leaving the Ritz hotel through the back entrance. However, Dodi’s security detail required approval from Mr. Al-Fayed for this plan to proceed.

Mohamed Al-Fayed’s Dilemma

Dodi called his father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, who spoke to the security team. Initially, Mr. Al-Fayed advised his son to stay in the safety of the Ritz hotel’s Imperial Suite and enjoy room service and a film. However, Diana was distraught due to the paparazzi mob outside.

Difficult Decision

In the end, Mr. Al-Fayed made the difficult decision to allow Dodi to proceed with his plan, taking Diana to his flat near the Champs-Elysées. Mohamed Al-Fayed later expressed deep regret, believing that if he hadn’t given in to Dodi’s wishes, they would still be alive.

Passing of Mohamed Al-Fayed

Mohamed Al-Fayed passed away peacefully of old age on August 30, 2023. His family confirmed his death, and a funeral was held at the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park after Friday prayers.2

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