Prince William and Prince Harry have issued a rare joint statement together announcing plans to install a new statue in memory of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The statue will be unveiled on what would have been the late royal's 60th birthday next year - 1 July 2021 - and will stand in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The two brothers say they hope the memorial will allow people to "reflect on her life and legacy", reports the BBC.
The statement came via the Kensington Palace press office, which represents the interests of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This marks the first joint statement on behalf of the two brothers since Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step down as senior royals in January. The announcement comes just three days before the anniversary of Diana's death; she was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris 23 years ago on 31 August 1997, at just 36 years old.
The statue was originally commissioned back in 2017, to mark the 20th anniversary of her passing, and "recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world," the statement from William and Harry read.
“The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday. The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
The life of the late Princess of Wales is about to be reimagined on the small screen, with the fourth season of Netflix hit series The Crown due to air in November. It will see the character of Diana introduced for the first time, played by Emma Corrin, and focus on their early days of her relationship with Charles, and their spectacular royal wedding. A silver screen film based on her life is also in the works, starring Kristen Stewart, as is a musical - set to stream on Netflix before hitting Broadway.
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