Prince William and Harry reunite to release rare statement in memory of Princess Diana

The brothers have reunited for the first time since Harry and his wife Meghan Markle quit as senior royals.

In the joint statement, the pair announced they would be installing a new statue in memory of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales as they commemorated the 23rd anniversary of her death.

In a heartfelt tribute to their mother, William and Harry said the artwork would “recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world”.

Princess Diana passed away in 1997 after being involved in a car accident in Paris.

“Our mother touched so many lives,” the brothers and Harry said in the joint statement, issued by Kensington Palace.

“We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”

The statue was originally commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, but installation has been met with delays.

The artwork will be placed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021 and will now mark what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.

This is the first time Prince William and Prince Harry have come together on an official royal announcement since Harry and Meghan stepped down as a senior royals in January.

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He and Meghan have since left the UK and are living in a $14 million Santa Barbara home where they are raising their son, Archie out of the royal spotlight.

While Harry missed marking the anniversary of his mother’s death with his brother in the UK, he did offer his own special tribute from the US.

He and Meghan paid tribute to Princess Diana during a visit to a local preschool.

The pair met with children and helped them to plant flowers in their garden where they planted forget-me-nots in honour of Princess Diana.

The flower holds great significance for the couple, who have included forget-me-nots at important moments in their lives.

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They featured heavily in Meghan’s bouquet on the couple’s wedding day, after Harry hand-picked the small purple flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace the day before their wedding.

And while Harry and Meghan are enjoying their new live in the US, he hasn’t ruled out returning to the UK, saying he would “have been back already had it not been for Covid”.

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