In the 20th year since Princess Diana’s death, her sons Princes William and Harry have decided that the time is right to officially honour their late mother.
The young royals, who were just 15 and 12 when Diana died in a fatal car crash in Paris in 1997, have commissioned a statue to mark the anniversary.
The commemorative sculpture of the Princess of Wales will be displayed in the public gardens of her former home, Kensington Palace, where she lived for 16 years from her wedding day, to her death. Her sons, who lived at the palace prior to their parents public split in 1996, have both moved back to Kensington palace in recent years, making it their permanent residence.
The Princes are still in the process of coming up with a design and hiring a sculpter, but have called in a pair of trusted hands to help them – Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
Released in an official joint statement, the Princes said, “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.
“Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”
Harry and William have recently been much more vocal about the impact that their mother’s death had on them at such a young age, with the Duke admitting he was “very angry” at the time. The young princess was just 36 when she died in 1997.
Several other organisations are also planning to honour the much-loved Princess this year. The Historical Royal Palaces will be displaying a collection of her clothes at Kensington Palace from February and The Diana Award has created a National Kindness Day in March to honour her philanthropic acts.