Davina McCall deletes comment slamming Princess Diana statue

The presenter received some criticism for her comment about the new sculpture

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Davina McCall seems to have backtracked on her “stiff” response to Princess Diana’s statue by deleting her comment.

On Thursday, Princes William and Harry reunited to unveil a bronze statue of their late mother, in honour of what would have been her 60th birthday. 

Sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley, it stands in the Sunken Garden, one of Princess Diana’s favourite areas of Kensington Palace, and shows her standing with her arms outstretched, as three children surround her.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - Princes William and Harry set aside their differences on Thursday to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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While plenty of people think the statue is a worthy tribute, the sculpture has divided some opinions. 

One of the most prominent voices to comment was that of former Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan—who Tweeted after the unveiling, “Let’s be honest—it's not a great statue of Diana.”

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Seemingly sharing the sentiment, Davina replied to Piers’ comment with her take, “I really wanted to like it. But somehow… it doesn’t feel very Diana? Her joie de vivre… her radiance, her compassion. It feels stiff.” 

Though everyone’s entitled to have an opinion, some commenters weren’t too happy with hers nor Piers’—and weren’t shy to let them know.

“Well her sons, brothers & sister are happy with it. Her sons chose what she was wearing and how she was depicted. As they’re happy it has s**t all to do with anyone else,” wrote one. 

Not long afterward, Davina deleted her comment. Yet, the negative responses don’t appear to have deterred Piers Morgan; he deemed Davina choosing to delete her tweet as “bullying and abuse” before stating, “Suffice it to say, I won’t be deleting my statue critique—because it’s true.”

Sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley poses alongside his statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, unveiled by her sons Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - The bronze statue depicts the princess surrounded by three children to represent the "universality and generational impact" of her work. Her short cropped hair, style of dress and portrait are based on the final period of her life. Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with her name and the date of the unveiling, and in front is a paving stone engraved with an extract inspired by The Measure of A Man poem

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Someone else who also wasn’t wholly thrilled by the statue is Lorraine Kelly, who commented on it in the Friday edition of her ITV morning show. 

Despite appreciating the fact that the interpretation makes her look “strong”, the Glaswegian TV presenter admitted that she just doesn’t think the statue “does her justice”.

“Of course, it was all about the boys and if they’re happy, then that’s fine,” she continued, noting the significance the piece has to William and Harry, who were only aged 15 and 12 at the time of their mother’s death.

“Maybe it looks better in real life. I have to reserve judgment until I can see it for myself.”

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On the day of the statue’s unveiling, after four years of work, the Princes released a joint statement remembering Princess Diana and 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.”

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