Princes William and Harry presented a rare show of unity when it came to something they both feel strongly about: their mother and her legacy.
While the pair have reportedly been feuding over the manner in which Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from the royal family, and the way the family handled it, they both are clearly collaborating on a statue sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley honoring Princess Diana that will be unveiled in Kensington Palace.
The statue, said their statement, was first “commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world” in February 2017.
“The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday,” they said.
They added: “The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
The Princess of Wales died August 31, 1997 at age 36 after being fatally injured in a crash as paparazzi chased her.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are planning to spend an “extended period of time in the UK next year” in order to attend Trooping the Colour and the unveiling of the new statue, their royal biographer Omid Scobie has claimed.
He told the Heirpod podcast: “In March, we have the Invictus Games, which has been rescheduled, in the Hague. In June, we have Trooping the Colour, which I imagine Prince Harry and Meghan would like to still be at, and July 1, we have the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.”