hearing that this woman, who claims to care for animals, was to open the
Harrods sale anti fur activists bombarded her with correspondencea and film
of animals being skinned alive and caught in traps and so on.
She didn't turn
up to open the sale but failed to adequately explain why.
Lumley provokes questions by checking out at Harrods
Joanna Lumley, a close friend of the Duke of Edinburgh, has pulled out at
the last minute from appearing at Harrods.
a move that is likely to provoke much speculation, Joanna Lumley pulled
out on Friday from opening the Harrods summer sale.
at the department store, which was recently sold by Mohamed Fayed to the
Qatari royal family in a £1.5 billion deal, had hoped that the appearance
on Saturday morning of the actress, who is a close friend of the Duke of
Edinburgh, would herald a "step change" in its history.
coats of arms of the Queen, Prince Philip, the late Queen Elizabeth, the
Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales used to be displayed from the four
corners of the Knightsbridge shop until 2000. The warrants were discontinued,
with the Royal family's spokesman saying they had ceased to be patrons.
Their move was associated with bizarre claims by Fayed that the deaths of
Diana, Princess of Wales and his son Dodi in a car crash had been the result
of a plot involving the Duke.
is with much regret that, having been called by management to attend urgent
rehearsals for my new play, La Bête, I will be unable to attend Harrods
summer sale opening event," Lumley confirms.
would like to send my sincere apologies to any disappointed fans that may
have travelled to Harrods to see me."
place will be taken by Eva Herzigova, the supermodel.
Edited by Richard Eden