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William, Harry unveil Diana statue together

The United Kingdom’s Prince William and Prince Harry came together on Thursday — despite a reported long-brewing feud — to honor their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, with a new statue in London.

The brothers appeared side by side at Kensington Palace to personally unveil the statue that they commissioned.

“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,” they said in a joint statement, according to British news agency PA Media.

Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

“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,” William and Harry said.

The bronze, life-size statue from sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley shows Diana surrounded by a trio of children. The statue was first commissioned by William and Harry in 2017 to mark two decades since their mother’s death, but its unveiling was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The statue’s debut comes amid reports of a rift between 39-year-old William and his 36-year-old brother.

In March, Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, the couple detailed their reasons for stepping away from their duties as full-time working members of the British royal family last year and moving to California.

Without naming anyone specifically, Harry and Meghan said racism within the royal family also played a part in their decision.

Tags Duchess of Sussex Great Britain House of Windsor Kensington Palace Meghan Markle Oprah Winfrey Prince Harry Prince William Princess Diana U.K. United Kingdom
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