Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Diana of Wales’ last partner, died at the age of 94, his family said in a statement on Friday.
“Mohamed Al Fayed’s wife, her children and grandchildren wish to confirm that their beloved husband, father and grandfather, Mohamed, passed away peacefully of old age on Wednesday, August 30, 2023,” his family said in a statement released by the football club. Fulham FC, which was owned by the businessman.
Al Fayed died the day after the anniversary of the death of his son Dodi along with Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris, on August 31, 1997.
After the couple’s death, which had shocked the world due to Diana’s immense popularity, Mohamed Al Fayed repeatedly claimed that they had been murdered as part of a plot by the British establishment.
He even accused Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, of ordering the fatal car accident.
The Egyptian businessman arrived in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s and later became the owner of the famous London department store Harrods in 1985.
He also bought the Ritz hotel in Paris and between 1997 and 2013 he owned the Fulham FC football club.
Everyone at Fulham was incredibly saddened to learn of the death of our former Owner and Chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed.
We owe Mohamed a debt of gratitude for what he did for our Club, and our thoughts now are with his family and friends at this sombre time.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2023
Mohamed Al Fayed, born on January 27, 1929 in a modest suburb of Alexandria, spent much of his life in the UK but to his great frustration, was denied British citizenship several times.