Prince Harry and William to unveil statue of mother Diana – but Harry may not appear after public fallout

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With what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday just a few short months away, plans are well underway to mark the occasion with a new statue at Kensington Palace, her former home.

But with so much upheaval and bad feeling between her sons Harry and William, Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton exclusively tells OK! that the original plans could now be thrown up in the air.

Following the devastating loss of their mother in a fatal car crash in Paris in August 1997, Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36, had been planning to unveil a statue in honour of Diana on July 1.

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But when William and Harry commissioned the statue in 2017, it is unlikely either would have ever have imagined the fall out that would have happened since.

Following Harry and his wife Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals, relocate to the US and conduct a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, it is now looking unlikely that Harry will travel to the UK for the occasion, especially with his second child due this summer.

“This is going to be one of the most publicised unveiling of a statue since Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square. Everyone will be watching and commenting. Harry might not go because Meghan is due her baby around that time – he could be changing diapers,” Andrew, author of Diana: Her True Story, says.

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Jointly commissioned by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex and created by Ian Rank-Broadley, the statue will
be placed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace to mark 24 years since Diana’s death and “recognise her positive impact”.

If Andrew’s predictions are correct, William is likely to call upon his rock and wife Kate, 39, to be by his side at the momentous occasion.

The couple’s bond has been stronger than ever during this turbulent time with Kate more present than ever at her husband’s side.

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“Williams’ job is a very unique one and is a lonely one – he needs the love and support of Catherine,” Andrew explains.

Andrew also believes it is Kate’s similarities to William’s late mother that ensure she is uniquely placed to help her husband navigate the tricky times.

The biographer compares his memories of Diana at royal events to Kate’s demeanour during her unofficial visit to pay her respects to Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.

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“She didn’t have to say a word, just turned up and laid her flowers and everyone can draw their own conclusions,” Andrew says. “That’s exactly how Diana did it – one gesture is worth a thousand words.”

“It shows that Kate is someone who doesn’t have to speak out,” the royal insider adds. “She’s doing what Diana used to do, which is let her body language tell the story.”

“Kate has the Diana Walk,” he added. “Quickly and with determination was very much how Diana walked.”

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Following their marriage in 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made it clear how much Diana is still a huge part of their lives. This year the royal couple revealed that their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, made Mother’s Day cards to remember their “Granny Diana”.

“Diana is certainly in their minds, as you can see from the Mother’s Day cards they shared to her,” says Andrew. “There’s no doubt that the shadow of Diana looms large over the whole institution because William and Harry’s are torchbearers for Diana’s legacy.”

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