Mohamed al-Fayed dies – level 3

05-09-2023 15:00

Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed, known for purchasing Harrods department store and promoting a debunked conspiracy theory regarding the deaths of his son and Princess Diana, has passed away.

Starting his career selling fizzy drinks and sewing machines, he amassed wealth in real estate, shipping, and construction in the Middle East and Europe. While owning symbols of British establishments such as Harrods, Fulham FC, and the Ritz hotel in Paris, he remained an outsider in Britain. He feuded with the British government over citizenship and often threatened to move to France, where he received the Legion of Honour.

Al-Fayed spent a decade trying to prove Diana and his son were murdered in a 1997 car crash, making baseless accusations against the British royal family. He died a day before the 26th anniversary of their deaths.

Difficult words: debunked (something that is widely believed to be false), amass (to gather together), feud (to be engaged in a prolonged dispute).

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