Diana statue unveiling briefly reunites William and Harry – .

Diana statue unveiling briefly reunites William and Harry – .

The rift between the brothers, which opened around the time Harry and Meghan were married, deepened after the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. They claimed that before the birth of their first child, Archie, a family member or members expressed concern about the skin color of Meghan’s unborn baby.

“We are really not a racist family,” said William, when asked about his brother’s allegations.

Social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic are expected to keep the ceremony extremely small, which royal watchers said was a blessing as it would reduce the scrutiny of William and Harry. Neither the Queen, Charles, nor William’s wife, Kate, are expected to participate. But Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, and her two sisters, Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, will be there.

The statue was designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, whose image of the Queen has been engraved on coins in Britain and the Commonwealth since 1998. The Sunken Garden, designed by King Edward VII in 1908 , was remodeled for the occasion by Pip Morrison, a landscape architect specializing in historic gardens.

In a statement, Mr Morrison said he aimed to create “a calming place for people to visit Kensington Palace to remember the Princess”.


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