Princess Diana's tactic to stop back to school stress for Princes
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Mr Fayed opened up on his memories of Princess Diana and her two beloved sons Harry and William in a recent interview. The tech and space entrepreneur recalled meeting the royals “a few times” when he was just a child – but they left a deeply positive impression on him.
In an interview with Tatler magazine, Mr Fayed said: “I met Princess Diana a few times and Princes William and Harry.
“They came to my dad’s house, too, and were super delightful.
“There were so many stories [in the newspapers] that came out of that period, but for the people who were in it, it was lovely family vibes.”
Mr Fayed was nine when he spent a few days holidaying in the summer of 1997 in St Tropez on his family’s yacht with Diana, William and Harry – who were the guests of his father Mohamed Al-Fayed.
This eventually became Harry and William’s last holiday abroad with their beloved mother, as she died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The tech and space businessman, whose half-brother also died in the accident, dismissed the conspiracy theories that emerged in the aftermath of the couple’s death.
He said: “Those tragic events are long at peace in my heart and mind.
“We have to be humble enough to accept the mysteriousness.
“I have seen and heard so many standpoints and it goes on and on.”
Dodi’s younger half-brother, who lives in London’s Primrose Hill with his partner and son, is the CEO of ESTEE (Earth Space Technical Ecosystem Enterprises).
Despite his father wanting him to be part of the family’s empire, Mr Fayed said he “never wanted to be Mr Harrods”.
His family bought House of Fraser, which included the Harrods store in London, in the mid-1980s.
The lavish store was sold by Mr Fayed’s father in 2010 for a reported £1.5billion.
Following their split in 1992, Princess Diana divorced Prince Charles and lost her HRH title in 1996.
One year later, she became romantically involved with Dodi Fayed.
The couple was first photographed kissing on August 10, 1997 and were believed to be casually dating by the end of the month.
But Diana and the entrepreneur were believed to have first met more than a decade prior, during a polo match in 1986 which saw Mr Fayed playing against Prince Charles in Windsor.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles had tied the knot at St Paul’s Cathedral five years before, in July 1981.
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