After months of speculation about who would attend and how it would all play out, the Windsor brothers presented a united front at the unveiling of a statue to honor their late mother.
Healing the Breach–Or Just Putting on a Brave Face?
William and Harry seemed to put aside their differences as they witnessed the statue’s reveal in the gardens of Kensington Palace. Dressed in nearly identical dark blue suits, the resemblance between the allegedly estranged brothers couldn’t be stronger. They reunited without either of their wives present. Prince Charles was in Scotland on Thursday and did not attend the ceremony. A handful of relatives, including Diana’s brother, were on hand for the socially distanced event. A single videographer and photographer were allowed to capture the moment for posterity.
The princes issued a joint statement–marking a major difference from how they reacted to Prince Philip’s death earlier this year.
“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,” William and Harry said in a joint 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.”
The Vision Behind the Statue
According to the official word from Kensington Palace, the statue hoped to capture the “warmth, elegance and energy” of the late Princess of Wales. The sculptor chose to portray her in a casual, knee-length dress rather than a formal gown. She’s flanked by a boy and girl “who represent the universality and generational impact of the Princess’ work.” A third child can just be seen peering from behind her.
“The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion,” the statement explained.
The plinth of the statue bears a verse from the poem “The Measure of a Man”:
“These are the units to measure the worth
Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth.
Not what was her station?
But had she a heart?
How did she play her God-given part?”
Diana reportedly enjoyed the gardens behind Kensington Palace, where she lived with Prince Charles and their sons until the royal pair separated.