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Prince Harry in mad dash to UK to support Prince William during Diana statue unveiling

Princess Diana: Royal commentator discusses statue unveiling

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Prince Harry remains keen to attend the unveiling ceremony of a new statue dedicated to his mother Princess Diana in July, although the expected arrival of his baby daughter has thrown plans into disarray. Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the thought of Prince William unveiling the statue alone “just wouldn’t feel right to anyone” and the Duke of Sussex will most likely make a “whistle-stop trip” to honour his mother’s memory. 

Ms Nicholl, the royal editor of Vanity Fair, told 9Honey: “I think a lot of it depends on his wife Meghan and whether she has given birth by that point.

“We understand the baby is due in June, therefore he should be able to come over, even if it’s just for a fleeting 48-hour trip.”

“I don’t think he’ll be staying for any lengthy period of time but the hope is he’ll be able to make a whistle-stop trip.”

She added, “The idea of William alone unveiling the statue dedicated to their mother, I think, just wouldn’t feel right to anyone.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were expecting their second child in February. 

The couple are already parents to their two-year-old son Archie Harrison.

Reports from royal sources have suggested that the Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in the next few weeks.

The unveiling of Princess Diana’s new statue is scheduled to take place at Kensington Palace on July 1 to celebrate what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday. 

Ms Nicholl continued: “This statue has been a long time in the making, it is important, it’s important to them both and they both need to be there.” 

Prince William and Prince Harry commissioned the statue in 2017 after the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death. 

The statue will be placed in the Sunken Garden of the Palace, which was reportedly the Princess’s favourite spot.

In 2017, the Garden was turned into a memorial for her, with her favourite flowers planted around the borders in her favourite colours of white and cream. 

The statue is being designed by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, who has previously worked with the Royal Family when designing commemorative coinage. 

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Currently, both Prince William and Prince Harry are scheduled to attend and give speeches. 

Although the brothers have become estranged in recent months following the fallout from Megxit, it is believed that they have put their differences aside in approving the designs for their mother’s statue. 

Ms Nicholl added: “They both want to have equal involvement in Diana’s legacy, marking that legacy, continuing that legacy – it’s not something that is ever going to just become William’s or just become Harry’s.”

Prince Harry has spoken in a recent interview with Oprah about the traumatic impact of his mother’s death and its toll on his mental health. 

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 after being chased by the paparazzi. Her two sons were only 15 and 12 years old at the time of her death. 

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