Harry and William unveil statue to honour Diana

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Prince William and Prince Harry have reunited this afternoon in London to honour their late mother, Princess Diana.

The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge have been joined by members of Diana's family, including her brother Earl Spencer, to unveil a memorial they have commissioned on what would have been her 60th birthday (1st July) in a scaled back ceremony.

The statue of the Princess of Wales sits in the Sunken Garden of her former home, Kensington Palace. Harry and William hope it will encourage visitors to 'reflect on her life and her legacy', they said in a joint statement.

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Photo credit: DOMINIC LIPINSKI - Getty Images

The Sunken Garden was one of Diana's 'favourite locations' within the grounds of the Palace. It has now been redesigned and replanted with her 4,000 of her favourite flowers, including forget-me-nots.

The statue unveiling is the brothers' first joint public engagement in well over a year.

Harry arrived back in the UK at the weekend in order to quarantine per the government's COVID rules before the event.

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Photo credit: DOMINIC LIPINSKI - Getty Images

The brothers' relationship has been the subject of much conjecture since Harry stepped down as a working royal last year, and moved to LA full-time with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie.

The Sussexes interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March deepened their alleged rift. Now they are coming back together to honour their mother, the Princess of Wales, almost 24 years after she was killed in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.

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Photo credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - Getty Images

The brothers were last pictured together catching up after Prince Philip's funeral, back in April. Harry then flew back to the States ahead of the birth of his daughter. He returned to the UK at the weekend, ready to mark his late mother's legacy in this pre-planned event later this week.

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Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images

On Monday, Harry made a surprise appearance at the virtual Diana awards. He told the nominees: 'Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum's 60th birthday and she would have been so proud of you all for living your authentic life with purpose and compassion for others.'

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