By Emma Dooney
Prince Harry and Prince William will unveil a statue of Princess Diana this summer, to mark what would have been the late royal’s 60th birthday.
- Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite this July to unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace.
- Prince Harry reportedly views the special event, which will commemorate Princess Diana's 60th birthday, as a 'priority'.
- In other Royal News, the royal who taught Meghan Markle to curtsey a few minutes before meeting the Queen has been revealed.
Prince Harry and Prince William reportedly intend to show a ‘united front’ following their alleged rift, as they reveal the long-awaited sculpture of their mother in London on July 1.
The highly-anticipated event, which will see the two princes come together in public following the shocking revelations made in Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah, will take place in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. Plans for the statue’s erection were confirmed in 2017 when Prince William and Prince Harry announced that they had convened a committee to commission and fund the project.
“It has been 20 years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” they said in a press release.
“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.”
The statue was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, the artist behind the Queen’s portrait on British and Commonwealth coins. The sculpture of Princess Diana has reportedly been ready for public viewing since 2019, but the big reveal was delayed due to coronavirus restrictions.
The memorial has been installed in Sunken Garden, a site that held sentimental value for Princess Diana.
While this event has been marked as a ‘priority’ for Prince Harry, it remains unclear whether or not he will attend other royal events this summer. It has not been confirmed if he will go to Prince Philip’s 100th birthday on June 10 or to the Trooping the Colour on June 12. These major celebrations are scheduled to collide with the arrival of Meghan and Harry’s second child, who will reportedly be born in the US.
The couple is unlikely to disclose any details of their upcoming calendar any time soon. They explained that their interview with Oprah would be their ‘last word’ on their departure from the royal family and that they now intend to ‘move on’ with their own projects.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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