As the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death grows closer, Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed that a new statue will be built in tribute to Princess Diana.
The princes had already said that they would not be holding a huge memorial concert in the same way they did for the tenth anniversary of her death. But, up until now, they had not said how they would be marking their 20th year without her.
The statue will be put in place in the gardens outside Kensington Palace, meaning that the princes will be able to see it every day, as they both have apartments there.
Prince William and Prince Harry released a statement, saying that it had been 20 years since their mother’s death and it was time to recognise the positive impact she had had on both the UK and the globe, with a permanent statue.
They added: “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”
Previous tributes to the princess have come in for criticism, but a statue is likely to be received well by the public. The brothers have now appointed a committee which will help them to choose and commission a sculptor, as well as fundraising for the memorial. It will be in its permanent position by the end of this year.
Prince William and Prince Harry lived at Kensington Palace as boys. It was their childhood home and the permanent residence of Princess Diana. Following her death when the car she was travelling in in Paris crashed in a tunnel, people flocked to the palace to lay floral tributes.
There are now calls for the public to be allowed a say in who should sculpt the statue and what Princess Diana should look like when she is immortalised in art.