ROYAL FAMILY – Cold for several months, Princes William and Harry put their differences aside to unveil together this Thursday, July 1 a statue in tribute to their mother Lady Di, in the gardens of London’s Kensington Palace, as you can see in our video at the top of the article.
Under the gaze of Diana’s siblings, William and Harry removed the fabric covering the monument installed near the palace where Lady Di lived and where William now lives. The bronze statue represents the princess with short hair, surrounded by three children, putting her hands on the shoulders of two of them.
“Every day we would like her to be always with us, and our hope is that this statue will be considered forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy,” the two brothers said in a statement after the event to which they arrived side by side, relaxed and smiling.
Died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36, the Princess of Wales, née Diana Spencer, would have turned 60 on Thursday. The statue, made by Ian Rank-Broadley, is inspired by the last years of his life.
The sculptor explained that he wanted, along with William and Harry, to “capture her warmth and humanity while showing the impact she has had through the generations”.
The statue was unveiled in the presence -Covid-19 obliges- of only about thirty people, including Diana’s siblings, Count Charles Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
Prince Charles, whom Diana married in July 1981 at the age of 20, and from whom she divorced in 1996, did not participate in the ceremony. According to one of his relatives quoted by the Sunday Times, he didn’t want to “wake up old wounds”.
More than 24 years after her death, the myth of Lady Di lives on: her car was auctioned for some 60,000 euros at a South American museum this week, she still appears as a fashion icon and her dresses are regularly exhibited in the UK – a phenomenon fostered by The Crown series.
“Battle of the two brothers”
But more than the tribute to the princess, the stake of the ceremony was to know if the reunion of the two brothers can appease the crisis caused by the sensational exit of Harry from his role within the royal family, and the resounding interview. given with his wife Meghan Markle to the star of the American screens Oprah Winfrey, as you can review below.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex particularly offended the royal family by suggesting in their river interview that one of its members had behaved in a racist way by questioning before his birth about the color of skin of their son Archie.
Members of the royal family “are absolutely not racist,” Prince William, 39, replied shortly after. To be described by his 36-year-old brother as “trapped” by the royal family must not have been to the taste of an elder promised to the heavy load of king.
Their reunion on Thursday was the first since the funeral of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. At the time “William did not speak to Harry at the reception at Windsor Castle following the funeral for fear that the content of the conversation would be immediately disclosed by Meghan through Oprah Winfrey or by the Sussex network ”, assures Robert Lacey, specialist of the royal family, in a book which has just been released, entitled“ The Battle of the two brothers ”.
Since then, Prince Harry only returned last week from California (United States), where he resides with his wife and their two children, making a surprise appearance on Wednesday at a charity event organized for sick children.
According to the tabloid Daily Mail, which quotes a royal source, his return to British soil gave the two brothers the opportunity to discuss England’s victory over Germany in Euro Football, fueling hopes of a potential thaw of their relations.
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