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Prince Harry and Prince William reunite to unveil Princess Diana memorial statue

Written by on 01/07/2021

Prince Harry stood alongside his brother Prince William as the pair reunited to unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.

A small, intimate ceremony was held for the unveiling of the Princess of Wales’s memorial statue, which was commissioned by her two sons in 2017.

At the time, the brothers hoped it would allow visitors to reflect on the “life and legacy” of their late mother who died in 1997.

Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry look at the staue they commissioned of their mother Princess Diana, on what woud have been her 60th birthday, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, Thursday July 1, 2021. (Dominic Lipinski /Pool Photo via AP)
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, on what would have been her 60th birthday. Picture date: Thursday July 1, 2021.

In a statement, Prince William and Prince Harry said: “Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.

“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.

“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”

This is the first time the pair have been together since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.

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The design, created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the Queen features on all UK coins, was kept secret ahead of the ceremony.

It has been erected in Kensington Palace’s sunken garden – one of Diana’s favourite places at the palace where she lived for 16 years – which has been filled with more than 4,000 flowers.

Over the past 18 months, the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge has appeared to be strained, but they put their differences aside during the unveiling.

The Diana’s brother and sisters also attended the small ceremony.

Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, was a member of the six-strong committee tasked with commissioning and privately raising funds for the creation of the statue, alongside Julia Samuel, a godparent of Prince George who was a close friend of the princess.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scope of the unveiling was reduced with many of Diana’s friends unable to attend.

Groups of Princess Diana fans gathered at the memorial outside the palace, where wreaths, notes and photos have been left to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.

One fan, John Loughrey, said: “This statue means an awful lot to her two sons and to us and people around the world because now we’ve got a living legacy of all the work she’s done.

“She’s an immortal soul and she was very special.

“She’ll be talked about in 1,000 years time. And it’s all in stone now, with a statue of her.”

 Sky News

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