Update 01/07/21: Prince Harry and William Reunite To Ccommemorate Princess Diana On 60th Birthday
Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry have carried out their first joint engagement in more than 15 months, to mark their late mother's 60th birthday.
The brothers arrived together at the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace to unveil a new statue dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car accident in 1997.
William and Harry were seen observing the new statue - which was commissioned by the pair and designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley - and features Diana with her arms around three young children, inspired by her humanitarian work.
According to a release issued by Kensington Palace, the statue was intended to represent Diana in the latter years of her life when 'she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion'.
Photographed in the garden, the brothers joined the sculptor as well as members of their family including Diana's siblings Sarah McCorquodale and Charles Spencer. Issuing a joint statement, William and Harry said they wished she was 'still with us' every day.
'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.
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.'
Original Story 29/06/21: Prince Harry And Prince William To Reunite To Honour Diana At Joint Engagement
On Thursday July 1, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge will mark what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday by attending the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother in the sunken garden of Kensington Palace.
The royal landed back in the London last week and on Monday (June 28) made a surprise visit to the virtual Diana awards, which are held in honour of the 37-year-old's late mother's humanitarian legacy and celebrate young people 'changing the world'.
While delivering a speech honouring this year's recipients, Harry spoke about his forthcoming engagement: '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.'
The last time the brother's conducted royal duties together was in March 2020, when the royal family attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day. Shortly afterwards, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the US where they then resided throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
The only time the brothers have publicly reunited since was for their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April.
The engagement comes after months of perceived frictions between the royals following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, the first since their decision to step back as senior working members of the royal family in January 2020.
During the interview, Harry was asked about his relationship with his older brother, to which he reiterated an earlier comment he made suggesting the brothers are 'on different paths' but he loved William 'to bits' and acknowledged the shared 'hell' the brothers have been through together in regards to losing their mother so tragically.
Prince Harry's visit is also his first time returning home since the birth of his second child, his daughter Lillibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, named after the Queen and his mother. It is believed Meghan has stayed in the US with her new baby and oldest son, Archie.
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