Dodi Fayed's half-brother says Princess Diana was 'super delightful'

Dodi Fayed’s half-brother Omar calls Princess Diana, William and Harry ‘super delightful’ and says spending time together was ‘lovely family vibes’

  • Dodi Fayed’s half brother Omar has spoken about his relationship with Diana
  • Said the period surrounding their relationship was a time of ‘lovely family vibes’ 
  • Says Diana, Princes William and Harry were ‘super delightful’ when they met

The half brother of Princess Diana’s lover Dodi Fayed has said spending time with Diana and her sons was ‘delightful’ and the period surrounding their relationship had ‘lovely family vibes’.  

Omar Fayed, 34, was nine when his older brother Dodi was killed alongside Diana in the 1997 car crash in Paris, but says he has nothing but positive memories of the royal. 

Just weeks before the fateful crash he had holidayed with his brother and the Princess of Wales, Princes William and Harry – guests of his father Mohamed Al-Fayed – on his family’s yacht in St Tropez. 

In an interview with Tatler, 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.  

Omar Fayed, 34, (pictured) was nine when his older brother Dodi was killed alongside Diana in the 1997 car crash in Paris, but said in an interview with Tatler he has nothing but positive memories of the royal

‘There were so many stories that came out of that period, but for the people who were in it, it was lovely family vibes.’

Omar described the crash as a tragic event, and does not subscribe to conspiracy theories surrounding it.

His father, former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, previously claimed that the couple was assassinated in a plot hatched by MI6 on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh.

But Omar said: ‘Those tragic events are long at peace in my heart and mind.

Just weeks before the fateful crash he had holidayed with his brother and the Princess of Wales, Princes William and Harry – guests of his father Mohamed Al-Fayed – on his family’s yacht in St Tropez

‘We have to be humble enough to accept the mysteriousness. I have seen and heard so many standpoints and it goes on and on.’

He also talked to the magazine about the ‘gilded prison’ of Harrods, having begun a new chapter as a tech and space entrepreneur.

Omar is now the co-founder and CEO of ESTEE (Earth Space Technical Ecosystem Enterprises), which advocates human space exploration and space colonisation.

‘I never wanted to be Mr Harrods,’ he said of the London department store which was sold in 2010.

He said spending time with Diana and her sons was ‘delightful’ and the period surrounding their relationship had ‘lovely family vibes’. Diana is pictured with William and Harry five years before her death in 1992 

Omar, who was drafted onto the Harrods board in 2006 at the age of 19, said: ‘I could see a huge hole opening up in the pension pot and I advised father to sell.

‘If we hadn’t we would have gone under and the next you know there is another Philip Green BHS situation. I think my old man would have gotten more flack than he deserved.’

His latest comments come months after former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed began patching up family rifts as his health starts to fail.

In August, youngest son Omar extended an olive branch to his sister Camilla, 36, with whom he has been embroiled in a legal battle.

Relations between the family and Omar – who was once set to inherit Harrods, the Knightsbridge store Mohamed owned – have soured of late.

A source at the time said Omar had ceased visiting his father at his Surrey estate – despite the fact the 92-year-old is ‘nearing the end of his life’.

Omar is now the co-founder and CEO of ESTEE (Earth Space Technical Ecosystem Enterprises), which advocates human space exploration and space colonisation

Al Fayed, 92 owned Harrods from 1985 to 2010, and was the store’s most famous owner.

Tensions worsened last July when Omar filed a case against Camilla at the High Court, seeking £100,000 in damages after accusing her and her husband Mohamed Esreb of sending bodyguards to accost him during one of his rare visits to the estate.

Legal papers show restaurateur Camilla denied the accusations and offered a defence that she believed Omar ‘was on drugs’ at the time.

But at the time, Omar explained to the Mail ‘he’s not a druggie’ and that he is ready for a rapprochement.

Al Fayed, 92 and reportedly ‘nearing the end of his life’, famously owned Harrods from 1985 to 2010, and was the store’s most famous owner (pictured with Princess Diana in February 1996)

He added Covid restrictions, which have prevented him seeing his father, have been a source of rancour.

‘I love my sister very much and she knows that,’ he said.

‘Perhaps it was because I didn’t see my father for months during pandemic restrictions. We don’t necessarily get to choose our family members.

‘Before my sister and her husband got together, she and I lived together and had many mutual friends. We were very, very close.’

Camilla hit back at the claims, asking ‘how it is alleged’ that two bodyguards were acting under her ‘direction and control’.

Mohamed was unaware of the court battle between two of his children, according to his wife Heini Wathen.

While another family source said: ‘This would hurt him so much.’

It now seems unlikely the case will progress after a judge told them to settle their differences in private.

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