There was a reason Kate Middleton didn’t attend the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue, despite her initial desire to be a part of the event.
“Out of respect for [Prince] Harry and [Prince] William, [the royal family] I wanted this to be just Diana’s sons and not a huge public affair, ”a source told Us Weekly on Friday.
“Kate definitely supported [her husband] William while he was not physically there and really wanted to attend, but the family as a whole decided it was better for the children to stay home, ”the palace insider said.
Middleton, 39, and her three children Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, are expected to visit the statue “at a later date,” the source added.
PRINCE WILLIAM, PRINCE HARRY “WERE VERY PRACTICAL” IN HONORING PRINCESS DIANA WITH A TRIBUTE “ADJUSTMENT”: SOURCE
On Thursday, Harry, 36, and William, 39, put aside their differences to honor their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Diana’s three siblings joined the brothers for a private ceremony in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London, a place where the princess has already found solace. It was the second time the brothers had appeared together in public since Harry left royal duties over a year ago.
The statue, commissioned by the brothers in 2017, shows Diana surrounded by three children. The style of her dress is meant to evoke the last period of her life when she gained confidence in her humanitarian work.
“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 in the world, changing countless lives for the better, ”William and Harry said in a joint statement. . “Every day we want her to be with us again, and our hope is that this statue will be seen as a symbol of her life and legacy forever. “
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A video released after the event showed the brothers entering the garden together before speaking with family members, then pulling two ropes to remove the statue’s cover.
Harry stepped down from royal duties last year and moved his family to California for a more peaceful existence that he could better control. William continued the royal life and the endless demands that come with the second row to the throne.
Their relationship grew even more strained in March when Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey that was watched by nearly 50 million people worldwide.
During the televised session, Harry confirmed rumors that he and his brother had drifted apart, claiming that “the relationship is” the space “for now” – although he added that “time is healing. all things hopefully ”. Harry also told Winfrey, 67, that his father, Prince Charles, had not accepted his calls for a while.
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The couple revealed that before the birth of their first child, an unidentified member of the royal family expressed concern over the color of his skin. Harry later confirmed that the person in question was not the Queen or her husband Prince Philip. A few days after the broadcast, William responded to questions posed by reporters, stating “we are really not a racist family”.
On June 4, Harry and Markle, 39, welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth to the British throne.
The name honors both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.