Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, on the 20th year following her death in a Paris car accident.


The sculpture will stand in the public grounds of Kensington Palace, where William lives with his wife Kate Middleton, son George and daughter Charlotte. “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” the brothers said in a statement over the weekend. “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and legacy.”

The late Princess lived in Kensington Palace with her family until her untimely death. This will be the fourth London-based monument dedicated to Diana, including the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park.

Diana was very much loved by the public, and was killed along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in a car crash in Paris, as they attempted to outrun the paparazzi. Queen Elizabeth says she “supports” the idea, according to sources. In 2016, Harry admitted that “for the first 28 years of my life,” he did not speak about his mother’s death.

“This is Harry and William saying that they want a more permanent and personal memorial to their mother,” explained Camilla Tominey, the royal editor of the Sunday Express. “They were too young when she died to have any role in the memorial.” William was 15 and Harry 12 when Diana died in 1997.

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