Britain’s Prince William and Prince Harry on Thursday have set aside a feud to unveil a statue of the late Princess Diana who was supposed to turn 60, expressing their hope that her late mother’s life and legacy will continue through the figure.
The friction between the two has lately stolen the attention of the media, but were at ease on Thursday during the unveiling.
The bronze statue, which stands in Diana’s residence in Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in central London, was created to pay honor to the late Princess who passed away in 1997 due to a car accident.
Around the statue are three children, which, according to Kensington Palace, symbolize “the universality and generational impact” of Diana’s work.
“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,” Diana’s sons said through a statement.
“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.”
Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother; and Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, her sisters, have reunited with William and Harry in a private occasion at the Sunken Garden.
The statue was commissioned in 2017 by the two brothers to honor Diana. It was designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
Diana’s name and the unveiling date can be seen at the pedestal below the statue. It faces a paving stone which bears the words from “The Measure of A Man” poem, Reuters reported.
Prince William’s office said that they want to help the next generations realize “the significance of her place in history”, as well as to honor her the good things she left not only in Britain but worldwide.