«The Crown» dedicates an episode to him
What is Mohamed Al Fayed doing today?
Since the fifth season of the Netflix series “The Crown” started, Mohamed Al-Fayed has been very interested. Netflix dedicated an entire episode to the father of Dodi Al-Fayed, Princess Diana’s last partner.
In the fifth season of the Netflix series «The Crown», the third episode is about how Mohamed Al-Fayed (played by Salim Daw) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) met.
Episode three of «The Crown» is an extraordinary one. On the one hand, because there are numerous time jumps, which is not a common stylistic device for Netflix production, on the other hand, the producers largely devote themselves to a man who only had marginal contact with the British royal family.
Nevertheless, Mohamed Al-Fayed (93) was to have a significant influence on the history of the Windsors. Born in Egypt, he started his career as a Coca-Cola seller on the streets of Alexandria. Al-Fayed first came to wealth through his marriage to Samira Khashoggi in 1954.
Mohamed Al-Fayed introduced his son to Diana
His ex-wife was the sister of arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, who gave his brother-in-law high posts in Saudi Arabia. His son Dodi Al-Fayed (1955-1997), later partner of Princess Diana (1961-1997), also came from this marriage.
Mohamed Al-Fayed immigrated to Britain in 1974 and, through his often opaque business practices, became one of the richest men in the country. Mohamed Al-Fayed was the owner of the luxury department store Harrods, the football club Fulham FC and is still the owner of the Hotel Ritz in Paris, where the last video recordings of his son and Diana before their deaths were made.
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He is said to have been the one who arranged the meeting between the newly divorced princess and his son Dodi. In 1986, the Al-Fayeds first met Diana at a polo game sponsored by Mohamed. The patriarch immediately liked the young noblewoman and a few years later introduced her to his son.
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For this he invited Princess Diana and her sons, Princes Harry (36) and William (40), to his villa in southern France. A fun fact is that Windsor Villa was owned by the former King Edward VIII (1894-1972) and his wife Wallis Simpson (1896-1986). Mohamed Al-Fayed bought this after Wallis’ death. It was there that Dodi Al-Fayed and Princess Diana met and fell in love.
After the tragic accidental death of his son and the royal on August 31, 1997, Mohamed Al-Fayed was the origin of many conspiracy theories. He was convinced that Diana and Dodi had been murdered on behalf of the royal family. He started rumors that the couple were about to get engaged and were expecting a child.
However, investigations revealed that Dodi Al-Fayed had not bought an engagement ring and no pregnancy could be detected in the dead princess’ blood.
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Allegations of sexual harassment of minors
Although Mohamed Al-Fayed never got over the death of his son and was constantly looking for alternative causes, the entrepreneur fell silent for a short time. Until December 1997, former employees reported on a TV show about sexual assaults by their super-rich boss. In 2007 he was questioned about the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. The British police had to stop the investigation.
In the years that followed, numerous women reported being sexually harassed and abused by Al-Fayed. Young employees at his department store Harrods had to undergo HIV tests and gynecological examinations before spending a weekend with Mohamed Al-Fayed. In 2017, a documentary appeared in which three former Harrods employees also reported assaults. The then 17-year-old Cheska Hill-Wood (46) accuses Al-Fayed of trying to make her compliant through “grooming” for sexual acts. However, these allegations were never pursued.
In 2003, the billionaire left England to move to Switzerland on Lake Geneva. He claimed that the UK tax authorities failed to honor an agreement. In 2004 he returned to his “homeland” Great Britain for a few months before moving to Monaco in 2005, where he is said to be living relatively secluded today.