The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will “put on a united front” when they meet in the summer for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
According to the Daily Mirror, the brothers will stand “shoulder to shoulder” at the event to be held at Kensington Palace on July 1st marking what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday.
Diana’s statue will be erected in the White Garden, previously known as the Sunken Garden, in the palace grounds.
Diana’s died almost 24 years ago after being involved in a car crash in Paris in 1997. At the time, William was 15 and Harry only 12. Since then, they have always tried to keep Diana’s legacy alive and have shared an extremely strong bond until a couple of years ago when the brothers’ relationship became strained and caused them to drift apart.
On Thursday, Prince William revealed that he had not yet spoken to his brother following his interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside Meghan.
The Princes originally commissioned this special anniversary statue in remembrance of their mother in 2017; it is being created by well known British artist Ian Rank-Broadley who has worked in St. Paul’s Cathedral, The British Museum and also designed the portrait of The Queen which is found on all British coins to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
At the time of the commission, Princes William and Harry said they hope that the statue will inspire all visitors to Kensington Palace to “reflect on her life and her legacy,” adding: “Our mother touched so many lives.”
There have been several delays with the statue. One has revolved around the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex having a difference of opinion believed to be partly due to the strain on their relationship over the past couple of years, and the second is that the brothers both want to make sure their mother’s statue is perfect. The complications of the coronavirus pandemic have caused the third delay.
Since Diana’s death, a number of memorials have been created in London to honour her life and legacy, including Hyde Park’s Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the memorial garden at Kensington Palace, the White Garden, which consists of only white flowers in memory of Diana’s life and style. This was created for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in 2017.