While Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle might have left the British Royal Family, he still discusses tributes to his mother, Princess Diana, with his brother, Prince William. Now, after much deliberation, the two have announced their plans to honor Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday. Next year, William and Harry will unveil a special statue to their mother, on her birthday.
Tribute For Diana’s 60th Birthday
Prince William and Prince Harry released their joint statement at the tail end of last week. “It has been twenty 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 stated. “Our mother touched so many lives.” They also confirmed the project had been in the works for some time. Finally, the two confirmed the unveiling date. “The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday.”
As many Royal experts were quick to point out, this press statement had two intentions. The first, of course: to announce the unveiling of the statue. However, the statement and the project itself help deny the rumors of a rift between William and Harry. As many have noticed, the two have essentially stopped worked together since Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle. Thankfully, this statue of Princess Diana project seems to prove that the brothers are still as strong as ever! Man Royal experts also pointed out that the location of the statue held special significance meaning to Diana…
Meaningful Location for the Statue
Of course, as Princess Diana lived in Kensington Palace, the whole place held a special place in her heart. However, Prince William and Prince Harry decided on the memorial White Garden, after visiting it with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Not only did all three feel it was the perfect location for the statue, but Diana apparently loved the flowers found in this palace garden.
Curious who the man working on the statue is? Once again, William and Harry made a great decision. Believe it or not, they actually reconnected with someone who made the image of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth for the coins back in 1998, Ian Rank-Broadley. As you might imagine, Broadley cannot believe his luck! “It is my sole and highest intention to fulfill the expectations of Their Royal Highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales,” Rank-Broadley said in a statement.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy,” the brothers said.