Princess Diana statue latest – Prince Harry & William 'at ease' during reunion at emotional memorial on mum's 60th

HARRY and William stood side-by-side as they met at Kensington Palace for an emotional reunion yesterday.

The brothers, who have unveiled a statue for Princess Diana, were pictured together ahead of the poignant ceremony.

It was first time brothers have seen each other face-to-face since Prince Philip's funeral in April- and the pair seemed to be in good spirits while enjoying each other's company.

Meanwhile, Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer and sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes arrived at Kensington Palace on foot.

The trio walked through the crowds, stopping for a moment to look at tributes to their sister.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

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    HARRY PLEASED BY THE DESIGN

    Harry clapped his hands as if in anticipation when he reached sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and glanced over at the statue covered in a large green cloth.

    The Sunken Garden's designer Pip Morrison was stood nearby and she could be overheard telling the royal brothers "It's a collaborative effort".

    When the two dukes got into place either side of the statue William said "ready?" before they pulled off the cloth and the guests applauded.

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    HARRY GREETS CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK FOUNDER WITH A HUG

    Harry hugged Julia Samuel, founder of Child Bereavement UK, during the emotional ceremony.

    William is a patron of the charity, while Ms Samuel was close friends with Diana.

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    HARRY AND WILLIAM'S FULL STATEMENT FOLLOWING STATUE UNVEILING

    The full statement from the brothers said: “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.

    "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."

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    ‘STUBBORN’ PRINCE WILLIAM & HARRY TAKE SIGNIFICANT STEP IN HEALING RIFT WITH JOINT PRINCESS DIANA STATEMENT, SAYS EXPERT

    PRINCE WILLIAM and Prince Harry have released a joint statement in tribute to their late mum, Princess Diana, as they unveiled a special statue of her today in London.

    And a royal expert said their united message hints at a “significant step” in healing their rift. 

    “For weeks leading up to the event there were real fears at the palace they would each issue their own statements, just as they did when the Duke of Edinburgh died," said expert Duncan Larcomb to Fabulous.

    “For the bulk of their adult lives William and Harry have always issued joint statements in all matters relating to their mother.  That is why it was such a shock last month when William and Harry issued their own, differing statements in the wake of the investigation into the BBC’s Diana interview. 

    “It has always been unthinkable William and Harry would be on such bad terms they couldn’t even agree on a joint statement for such an important occasion.  But by paying tribute to their mother and standing side-by-side to mark what would have been her 60th birthday, William and Harry have taken a major step forward in healing their rift.”

     

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    PRINCE HARRY GIVES NOD TO BROTHER WILLIAM DESPITE RIFT AS HE REMEMBERS MUM PRINCESS DIANA FOR ‘LIVING WITH COMPASSION’

    PRINCE Harry has today given a nod to William despite the brothers’ rift as he praised his mum for living “authentically with purpose”.

    The Duke of Sussex has flown to the UK for a special event to mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday – the second time he has returned home after quitting the Royal Family.

    Prince Harry was filmed speaking about The Diana Award, which honours young people who work to improve the lives of others.

    The award is a prestigious accolade aimed at young people aged between nine and 25 for their social action or humanitarian work, and it’s named after Diana.

    It’s unclear where the video was filmed as Harry has been self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage since landing at Heathrow last week.

    Read more here.

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    WHAT COULD THE STATUE DO FOR THE PRINCES RELATIONSHIP

    The brothers first commissioned the statue back in 2017 to commemorate their beloved mother on what would have been her 60th birthday today.

    They first commissioned the statue when they were both extremely close but now the relationship between the two is frosty, so it would be great for the statue of their mother to bring them back together.

    It’s a huge day for the princes.

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    TRIBUTES TO THE PEOPLES PRINCESS

    A statue in memory of Princess Diana was unveiled today in Kensington Gardens – on what would have been her 60th birthday.

    Prince Harry and Prince William reunited for the unveiling as they put aside their differences to attend today’s ceremony.

    The statue was commissioned four years ago, with the unveiling on July 1 set to be a private affair for the royal brothers.

    So what do we know about the statue?

    Read more here

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    PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY REUNITE AS THEY UNVEIL MEMORIAL STATUE FOR PRINCESS DIANA AT KENSINGTON PALACE

    Prince William and Harry reunite as they unveil memorial statue for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace

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    SCHOOLCHILDREN HAND QUEEN A JAR OF HONEY ON HER VISIT TO COMMUNITY PROJECT IN GLASGOW

    Her Majesty headed to the community-run Children’s Wood Project in the city this morning during her four-day trip with the Royal Family.

    She was joined by her daughter Princess Anne today to visit the outdoor initiative which aims to connect locals with nature.

    The Royal mother and daughter were seen chatting to youngsters about the benefits of the green space in the west-end of Glasgow.

    The Queen also spoke with charity director Emily Cutts about the scheme, that has been considered a roaring success.

    The pair then met schoolchildren and teachers from nearby East Park Primary School during their stop-off at the Children’s Wood Project.

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    WATCH: PRINCESS DIANA’S BROTHER & SISTERS ATTEND UNVEILING OF STATUE AT KENSINGTON PALACE

    Princess Diana’s brother and sisters at Kensington Palace for the unveiling of her statue on what would have been her 60th birthday

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    MEG AND HARRY COULD BE OFF THE BALCONY AS CHARLES FAVOURS A SLIMMED DOWN MONARCH

    During Harry and Meghan’s trip to the UK for next years Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it is not yet known whether the pair will be present on the Balcony of Buck Palace.

    Following the choice of taking a step back from Royal duties and leaving the firm, it is likely that they will not be welcomed on the balcony.

    An insider told the Mail: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited and I’m sure the Queen is very much looking forward to seeing them there.

    “The balcony moment will be decided much nearer the time but there’s a limit to how many family members should be on it, and I would have thought that working Royals who contribute to the family would be higher on the list than the Sussexes.”

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    AMUSING MOMENT PRINCE HARRY POUTS AT AUNT AS SHE WAGGLES FINGER IN TOUCHING REMINDER OF HIS PLAYFUL CHARACTER

    THIS is the amusing moment Prince Harry pouts at his aunt as she jokingly scolds him in a reminder of his playful character.

    The Duke of Sussex, 36, could be seen reuniting with Lady Sarah McCorquodale as he unveiled a statue for his mother Princess Diana.

    As brother Prince William greeted their other guests at Kensington Palace, Harry showed a glimpse of his old character.

    He could be seen kissing Lady Sarah on both cheeks before proceeding to give two more mock-pecks as she wagged her finger at him. The royal also laughed as he saw his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer.

    Diana's family formed a small party of 13 guests invited by Harry and William to attend the event.

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    WHAT DOES THE STATUE LOOK LIKE?

    The figure of the princess, who would have celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, is surrounded by three children and depicts Diana in the later years of her life.

    Kensington Palace said the statue aims to reflect Diana’s “warmth, elegance and energy”, while the children represent the “universality and generational impact of the princess’s work”.

    It added: “The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”

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    OMID SCOBIE SPEAKING TO GOOD MORNING AMERICA

    “Obviously the relationship between Harry and William is extremely complicated but despite inflamed reporting here in the UK, what I understand from sources is it’s a case of distance between the brothers, they’re simply not talking at the moment.”

    “While there have been small communication leading up to this moment through the relevant teams, this is really going to be the first time when they have a proper opportunity to chat to each other.

    “Maybe being here in the presence of their mother will be a reminder of the importance of love.”

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    KATE SKIPS REUNION TO AVOID MEG COMPARISON TENSIONS

    Kate has opted to miss the unveiling of Diana’s statue as she wants to eliminate the comparisons that are made towards herself and Meghan according to a Royal expert.

    US Weekly’s Royally US host Molly Mulshine suggests Kate has tried to avoid comparisons to Diana: “I think there’s a narrative that Meghan is Diana 2.0 and she is carrying on Diana’s legacy and that Kate is more accepted by the royal establishment.

    “If Kate does show up, that is going to put a certain message across, that she’s the one who lives in Kensington Palace the way Diana did and she’s the one that’s there in the UK, where Diana was from.”

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    ARTHUR EDWARDS SAYS 'WILLIAM AND HARRY FRICTION IS REASON SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DIANA MEMORIAL'

    Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, has had his say on the rift between the two Princes ahead of Diana’s statue unveiling.

    Arthur Edwards has said: “If they had wanted more people there for the unveiling they could have done it somehow.

    “It is sad the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family who were close to Diana can’t be there.

    “I believe the on-going friction between William and Harry is the real reason so few people have been invited. In many ways I find that unacceptable.”

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    WATCH: HARRY AND WILLIAM SAY ‘WE WISH SHE WERE STILL WITH US’ AS THEY STAND SIDE-BY-SIDE IN EMOTIONAL REUNION

    Harry and William say ‘we wish she were still with us’ as they stand side-by-side in emotional reunion for Diana statue

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    PRINCE HARRY FELT SILENCED BY CHARLES OVER DIANA INQUEST – LEAVING HIM LIKE A ‘VOLCANO READY TO ERUPT’, EXPERT SAYS

    Prince Harry was a “volcano ready to erupt” after feeling silenced by his dad Prince Charles over Princess Diana inquest, claims an expert. 

    In 2008, an inquest into Diana’s death concluded that she and partner Dodi Fayed had been unlawfully killed as a result of the “gross negligence” of Mercedes driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.

    In the run up to what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1, royal expert Duncan Larcombe told The Sun how Diana’s death in 1997 had affected youngest son Prince Harry.

    The royal commentator said: “It hurt him. It hurt him badly. He was damaged by her death. A 12-year-old’s mother dies, a 12-year-old suffers obviously. 

    “But then to have 11 years, over a decade, of his mother’s death being the stuff of open discussions and theories and ‘this is what happened.’ From Prince Harry’s point of view, he was like a volcano waiting to erupt.”

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    HARRY PLEASED WITH STATUE DESIGN

    Harry clapped his hands as if in anticipation when he reached sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and glanced over at the statue covered in a large green cloth.

    The Sunken Garden’s designer Pip Morrison was stood nearby and she could be overheard telling the royal brothers “It’s a collaborative effort”.

    When the two dukes got into place either side of the statue William said “ready?” before they pulled off the cloth and the guests applauded.

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    WILLIAM AND HARRY APPEARED TO BE GETTING ALONG DURING CEREMONY

    William and Harry appeared in good spirits throughout the event, laughing and joking with their guests and appearing at ease in each other’s company.

    They both seemed interested in the changes to the garden, pointing to the beds filled with a range of flowers and plants, some their mother loved, as they chatted to their guests.

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    CLOSE FRIEND OF DIANA SAYS PRINCESS WASN'T FULLY AWARE OF ROYAL 'MACHINE' WHEN SHE JOINED FIRM

    A close friend of Princess Diana has revealed that she was not fully aware of royal “machine” when she joined the firm.

    Writing in The Telegraph, Dr Colthurst recalled witnessing the pressure she faced.

    Close friend, Colthurst said: “I felt, when she joined the Royal family, she may not have been fully aware of the machine she was in,” he wrote.

    “The Firm, for its part, was unaccustomed to having a superstar in its midst, and I don’t think they knew how to cope with the enormous amount of publicity she generated.”

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    THE UNVEILING HAS HAPPENED AND THERE IS ONE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S LIPS, HOW CAN WE SEE IT?

    It will be available to the public to view from tomorrow, after Prince Harry and Prince William put aside their differences and join together for the private event on what would have been her 60th birthday. 

    The Princess of Wales statue will be available to the public to view for free in the Sunken Garden outside the entrance of Kensington Palace. 

    Guests will not have to pay to see the statue, which is in the surrounding grounds of the palace. 

    Members of the public will only have to pay to tour Kensington Palace itself, along with the various exhibits including to see Diana’s wedding dress. 

    Kensington Palace is closed to visitors on Mondays and Tuesdays, but open from 10am until 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.  Read more here

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    PIERS MORGAN SAYS DIANA STATUE UNVEILED BY 'HER FEUDING SONS'

    The former GMB host posted a picture of the brothers unveiling the statue.

    He tweeted: "BREAKING: The Diana statue, unveiled by her feuding sons."

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    HARRY AND WILLIAM'S FULL STATEMENT FOLLOWING STATUE UNVEILING

    The full statement from the brothers said: “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.

    "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."

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    HARRY GREETS CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK FOUNDER WITH A HUG

    Harry hugged Julia Samuel, founder of Child Bereavement UK, during the emotional ceremony.

    William is a patron of the charity, while Ms Samuel was close friends with Diana.

    Harry hugged Julia Samuel, founder of Child Bereavement UKCredit: PA

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