Prince William and Prince Harry will attend a small event next week to mark the unveiling of a statue of their mother Princess Diana.
Kensington Palace announced the two brothers would be at the event on Thursday to mark what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
Prince Harry, whose daughter Lilibet was born a few weeks ago, will fly from America for the occasion.
The unveiling will take place in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, where Diana spent a lot of time chatting with the gardeners. This is also where Prince Harry and Meghan posed for their engagement photos in 2017.
Also in attendance will be Diana’s close family, members of the statue committee, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the Queen appears on all British coins, and gardener Pip Morrison.
The brothers announced in early 2017 that they were jointly commissioning a statue ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex have previously said now is the time to recognize their mother’s positive impact “in the UK and around the world”.
In a joint statement when announcing the project, William and Harry said: “Our mother has touched so many lives.
“We hope the statue will help everyone who visits Kensington Palace reflect on its life and legacy.”
It was initially expected that the statue would be unveiled later in 2017. No clear reason was given for the long delay, although it is believed that the COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed the installation.
The event will be a rare moment when the two princes will be seen together, amid reports the brothers fell out after Harry and his wife Meghan decided to step away from royal life.
This decision was followed by the couple controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-25 14:07:00