By Emma Dooney
Princess Diana's statue unveiling guest list signified the 'Spencer generation taking over', according to a royal expert.
- Princess Diana's statue unveiling guest list revealed significant predictions for the future of the Royal Family, according to a royal expert.
- The Windsors were noticeably outnumbered by the Spencers, Princess Diana's biological family, at the poignant event to celebrate the late royal's 60th birthday.
- In other royal news, Prince George said the most hilarious thing when spotted on a day out with Kate Middleton.
Princess Diana's statue unveiling guestlist has revealed a power shift within the Royal Family, according to a royal biographer.
Speaking on the Royal Beat, Robert Lacey argued that the notable lack of Windsors at yesterday's Kensington Palace memorial service was a symbol of the "Spencer generation taking over."
"There's no way the Queen would have put up a statue to Diana, obviously no way Charles would have put up a statue to Diana," he said. "So this is them. It's the new Spencer generation taking over. There’s not a Windsor in sight here, it’s that side of the family.”
The poignant ceremony, which had been delayed numerous times due to various factors, saw Prince Harry and Prince William come together with Diana's close relatives to celebrate what would have been her 60th birthday. The royal brothers teamed up to unveil the life-sized bronze statue of their late mother, before taking a moment of silence to remember her. They also shared some words with each other about the sculpture, before mingling with the other guests in attendance.
Prince Harry and Prince William had hoped to invite 100 people to the unveiling, but were forced to reduce the invitation list to adhere to new coronavirus restrictions. The service, which took place at Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, was attended by just 13 people in the end.
The unveiling had a noticeably strong representation from the Spencer family, with both Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah McCoquodale, and Lady Jane Fellowes, making a rare public appearance in honor of the special occasion. Earl Spencer, Diana's younger brother, was also present, traveling down to London from Diana's childhood home of Althorp House for the important event.
The Windsor clan, on the other hand, were visibly absent from the unveiling.
Aside from Prince Harry and Prince William, there were no Royal Family members in attendance. Prince Charles has always found tributes to his late ex-wife "terribly difficult" and therefore chose to "leave his sons at it", according to a royal insider.
The future King of England is reportedly keeping a low profile, having fled to the Queen's Scottish holiday home, Balmoral Castle, while his youngest child is back in town. It is understood that Prince Charles has "no plans" to see Harry during his UK trip, dashing fans' hopes at a potential reunion between the estranged father and son.
The Queen is also in Scotland at the moment, where she is undergoing a week of royal engagements at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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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