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William and Harry pictured together again at unveiling of Diana statue
1 July 2021, 15:34 | Updated: 2 July 2021, 08:25
The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge have been photographed together at the unveiling of a statue in memory of their mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The scaled-down event took place in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden and was attended by Prince William and Harry, as well as other close relatives of Diana and members of the statue committee.
William and Harry’s troubled relationship has been well-documented.
When the brothers commissioned the statue in 2017 they were closer to one another and working together to promote issues such as mental health awareness.
But over recent years their paths have diverged, with Harry moving to California with his wife Meghan and their children, relinquishing his royal title and then raising a string of allegations about the royal family, the most damning being a claim of racism.
The pair were reunited at the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, where they were seen in deep conversation with one another.
Today’s unveiling was described as "small event and a very personal moment for the family", with a royal source saying: "Plans have been scaled back due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and media arrangements reflect both the size and tone of the event."
Harry and William issued a joint statement, saying:
"Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember 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.
"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive."
Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 1, 2021
— Prince William and Prince Harry
The statue was commissioned by the Dukes on the 20th anniversary year of Diana’s death, who said in a statement at the time: "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."
Also attending were the six members of the statue committee, including Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who privately raise funds for the creation of the statue, and Julia Samuel, a godparent of Prince George, who was a close friend of the princess.
Committee chairman Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the brothers’ former principal private secretary, garden designer Pip Morrison and sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley also attended.