Princes William and Harry Shoulder to Shoulder at Unveiling of Statue of Diana

Present only the brothers, the sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley and the Spencer family.

Today the Princess of the People Diana, would have turned 60 and Harry and William honored their mother with a statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. The choice of the place was dictated by Lady D’s love for this corner where she walked, she reflected and often stopped to chat with the gardeners. It was her happy place, as reported by the Daily Mail. The monument depicts Lady D. holding two children by the hand, “so we remember her love for her, her strength and her character,” wrote Harry and William, together. On the official Instagram page of the Dukes of Kensington, William posted the image in which he is portrayed with Harry from behind, while they are intent on admiring the statue of their mother.

The photo is accompanied by a moving message, with an unexpected ending: “Today, on the day of our Mother’s 60th birthday – voluntarily written with a capital letter, ed. – We remember her love of her, her strength and her character. Qualities that have made it a strength. Thanks to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for outstanding work, to friends and donors who helped make this a reality and to all those around the world who keep the memory of our mother alive “, Signed Harry and William. The tribute to Diana overcomes the divisions between the two children who have decided, surprising everyone, to overcome them as if they were children, united by love for their mother.

The ceremony, due to the restrictions adopted in England to cope with the Covid emergency, saw the exclusive presence of the two brothers, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and the closest family members of Diana Spancer. Big absent: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, both, at least on paper, for purely logistical reasons. There are many hypotheses about these absences: it seems that Kate has pulled back to favor a reconciliation between Harry and William; while Meghan may not have wanted to meet the royal family before a clarification between the latter and her husband. This day, July 1st, is dedicated only to Diana, in memory of her.

Prince Charles also missed the appeal. According to reports from some sources very close to the family, the heir to the throne did not want to take part in the inauguration to avoid too painful memories. William preferred not to make statements in the days leading up to the event. Harry, on the other hand, sent a video during the Diana Award, an award that is awarded to those who carry out the legacy and work of the Princess with dedication. On that occasion, the Duke of Sussex said: “My brother and I will celebrate what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday. She believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day after day in the faces of young people exactly like you, she herself witnessed boundless enthusiasm and passion. Meg and I basically believe that our world is on the verge of change, of real change for the good of all “.

Probably after the ceremony and in the coming days the second son of Charles and Diana will meet Queen Elizabeth. She then she will have a direct confrontation with her father and brother, but not today. Today her quarrels and discords have been set aside for her, for Diana.The Princess of the People: so defined because, by her own admission, Diana was not like the others. “I would like to be the queen of people’s hearts. I do things differently, I don’t follow an instruction manual; I act with my heart, which is why I will never be Queen of the country “. And she was right, probably, she would never have become one, even if she had stayed by Carlo’s side. However, she has succeeded in her intent to become the queen of people’s hearts: she is a practical demonstration of this in the expression of affection among flowers, photographs and objects that the English people have placed in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Among the most iconic images of the event: Harry’s tense and pensive face, immortalized by photographers, as he leaves the cottage where he spent the quarantine, the moved gaze of those who went to Kensington and Buckingham Palace to pay homage to Diana and the shot in which the two brothers, during the unveiling of the statue, remained granite, side by side. It is the first time since Prince Philip’s funeral that Harry and William have been photographed together. It is not known whether they spoke on the phone before the inauguration; from the photos, however, it seems that, at least for the moment, they have chosen to leave out the problems of their relationship and to focus on the very strong bond they both had and keep with Diana.