Harry and William make heartfelt tribute at Princess Diana statue unveiling as they say ‘we wish she were still with us’

HARRY and William said they wished their mother was still alive as they stood side-by-side during an emotional reunion at Kensington Palace today.

Unveiling a statue to Princess Diana, the brothers poignantly 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.”

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The pair laughed and joked together as they came face-to-face for the first time since Prince Philip's funeral in April.

They didn't give a speech at this afternoon's service – but instead released a statement to the media.

"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.

The brothers appeared close this afternoon – raising the hopes of millions that their feud may now be behind them.

As they entered the Sunken Garden, their body language even mirrored each other's.

Striding up to the covered statue, the Duke of Sussex then clapped his hands in anticipation.

Both held the green curtain draped over the memorial and William asked "ready?" before they pulled it off in sync to reveal the touching artwork.   

A round of applause echoed around the garden – a favourite place of Princess Diana's – as the statue was shown for the first time.

And while both the brothers seemed on great form, Harry appeared delighted to see family after his move to America.

He joked with his mother's siblings at the event, kissing his aunt Lady Sarah McCorquodale on both cheeks before proceeding to give two more mock-pecks as she wagged her finger at him.

He also laughed as he saw his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer.

Both the brothers later shared jokes with their guests.

Harry took the wheel of a Land Rover the wheel as he left the palace after the ceremony ended.

It's not yet known if he's returned to Frogmore Cottage or boarding a plane back to LA.

Thursday's event was small, with just a handful of people invited – not including the Queen, who is on official duties in Scotland, or Prince Charles.

It comes as:

  • William and Harry ‘swapped texts about the Euros’ but ‘relations are still strained’ ahead of the ceremony, sources say
  • An expert claims Harry felt ‘silenced’ by his father after the inquest into Diana’s death
  • The Duke of Sussex surprised poorly children at the WellChild Awards yesterday
  • And he said baby Lilibet is ‘very chilled’ while Archie is ‘running around like crazy’ 
  • It’s thought he and his older brother may hash it out behind closed doors before he returns to the US

Harry and William have been working together on the statue project since 2017.

Work on the garden began in October 2019, and since that date, five gardeners have spent 1,000 hours planting 4,000 bulbs of Diana's favourite flowers, including forget-me-nots, roses and tulips.

The special statue is designed to be viewed from the Cradle Walk, which boasts an arched arbour of lime trees and is free to visitors during the palace's opening hours.

The stunning memorial, which features the princess with her arms wrapped around three children, also has an engraving of an extract from poem The Measure of a Man.

The verse featured in a programme for the 2007 memorial service for Diana.

It reads: "These are the units to measure the worth/ Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth/ Not what was her station?/ But had she a heart?/ How did she play her God-given part?"

Kensington Palace said the princes "wanted the statue to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history."

"The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people," the Palace said in a statement.

The statue was unveiled on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.

It portrays the princess with short cropped hair, which she had during the final period of her life before her tragic death aged just 36.

Diana was travelling through a Paris tunnel with Dodi Al Fayed on August 31, 1997, when her car crashed.

Prince William was aged 15 and Harry was just 12 when their beloved mother was killed. Her legacy has lived on in both her sons.



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Harry flew home from LA without wife Meghan Markle for the special event.

He and the Duchess have recently welcomed a baby daughter, Lilibet Diana.

Their son Archie, two, also stayed with his mum in the US.

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