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Egyptian film producer and partner of Diana, Princess of Wales (1955–1997)
“Dodi Al Fayed” redirects here Not to be confused with the Indonesian footballer Dody Alfayed

Dodi Fayed
دودى الفايد
Born
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena’em Fayed
عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد

(1955-04-17)17 April 1955

Alexandria, Egypt
Died 31 August 1997(1997-08-31) (aged 42)

Paris, France
Cause of death Traffic collision
Resting place Fayed Estate, Oxted, England
Occupation Film producer
Known for Romantic relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales
Spouse
Susanne Gregard

(m 1986; div 1987)

Parents
  • Mohamed Al-Fayed
  • Samira Khashoggi
Relatives
  • Omar Al-Fayed (half-brother)
  • Jamal Khashoggi (cousin)

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena’em Fayed (/fˈɛd/; Egyptian Arabic: عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد, romanized: ʿImād ed-Dīn Muḥammad ʿAbd el-Munʿim el-Fāyid , 17 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), better known as Dodi Fayed (Arabic: دودى الفايد ), was an Egyptian film producer and the son of billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed He was the romantic partner of Diana, Princess of Wales, when they both died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997

Early life and education

Fayed was born in Alexandria and was the eldest son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store He was the half-brother of Omar Fayed, Camilla, Karim, and Jasmine Fayed Dodi’s father was also the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris Dodi’s mother was Saudi Arabian author Samira Khashoggi, the daughter of Muhammad Khashoggi and sister of Saudi billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi

Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland He also briefly attended Sandhurst After completing his education, he was an attaché at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London He was the first cousin of the late Washington Post Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018

Film production

Through his family’s production company, Allied Stars, Fayed was an executive producer of the films Chariots of Fire, Breaking Glass, F/X, F/X2, Hook, and The Scarlet Letter, and an executive creative consultant for F/X: The Series He also worked for his father on Harrods’ marketing

Personal life

In 1986, Fayed married model Suzanne Gregard They divorced eight months later

In July 1997, Fayed became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales Earlier that summer, he was engaged to an American model, Kelly Fisher, and bought a house in Malibu, California, for himself and Fisher with money from his father Fisher subsequently claimed Fayed jilted her for Diana and announced that she was filing a breach of contract suit against him, claiming he had “led her emotionally all the way up to the altar and abandoned her when they were almost there,” and that he “threw her love away in a callous way with no regard for her whatsoever” She dropped the lawsuit shortly after Fayed’s death

Death

Innocent Victims, one of two memorials in Harrods

In the early hours of 31 August 1997, Diana and Fayed were killed in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma underpass in Paris They had stopped in Paris en route to London after spending nine days on holiday in the French and Italian Rivieras aboard his family’s yacht, the Jonikal Neither was wearing a seat belt The only survivor of the crash was bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who was seriously injured but remained conscious Fayed was pronounced dead at the scene on his removal from the wreckage

Investigations by French and British police concluded that their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs; paparazzi chasing the couple are also believed to have contributed to the accident Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, has claimed that the couple “were executed by MI6 agents” Fayed’s former spokesman, Michael Cole, has claimed that the couple became engaged before their deaths

Fayed was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey, but was re-interred on the grounds of the Fayed estate in Oxted, Surrey in October 1997

Legacy

Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed in Harrods

Fayed’s father erected two memorials to his son and Diana at Harrods The first, unveiled on 12 April 1998, consists of photos of them behind a pyramid-shaped display containing a wine glass still smudged with lipstick from Diana’s final dinner, and a ring Fayed purchased the day before they died The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled Innocent Victims, is a 3-metre (10′) high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach, beneath the wings of an albatross

The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Dodi’s father and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years In January 2018, it was announced that the statue would be returned to the Al-Fayed family

See also

  • Operation Paget

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