London: Mohamed al-Fayed, the father of princess Diana`s lover Dodi Fayed, wants Scottish people to "detach" themselves from the UK in a referendum next year and says he wants to become the first president of the country.
The Egyptian-born tycoon, who owns an estate in the Scottish Highlands, said he felt great affinity with the Scots, who he claims share his ancestry, reported `The Sunday Times`.
"Whatever help is needed for Scotland to regain its independence, I will provide it. When you Scots regain your freedom I`m ready to be your president. I have lived here (in England) for 40 years, but now the home that I want is Scotland," the 80-year-old businessman told the newspaper.
Fayed, who has repeatedly been refused a UK passport, said he hoped to be offered Scottish citizenship if a planned independence referendum leads to the break-up of Britain.
Fayed, who claimed that the British establishment orchestrated a plot to kill Dodi and Diana, said, "You Scots have been living in a coma for too long. It is time for you to waken up and detach yourselves from the English and their terrible politicians".
The Scottish National Party, in power in the developed Edinburgh administration, is committed to holding a referendum on independence.
Daina, the Princess of Wales, and Dodi were killed in the 1997 Paris car crash.