Princes William and Harry inaugurated the statue dedicated to their mother Diana in a private ceremony in the gardens of Kensington Palace, which was attended by few people. No other members of the Royal Family were present. The statue, most likely, will not appeal to those who still cherish the memory of the “People’s Princess”. She does not look like her, the face is hard and has almost masculine features, the pirate belt that wraps her waist was not part of her style and the three children she embraces, one of whom clearly of Afro origin, know a lot of feel-good rhetoric, inspired to new inclusive trends.
During the ceremony there does not seem to have been any reconciliation between the two brothers, who arrived together at the Sunken Garden exchanging a few words, taken from afar in blurred images from the telephoto lenses of popular newspapers. At Harry’s request, only a photographer, an agency reporter and a cameraman were present.
A Kensington Palace statement explained that the statue was intended “to recognize (Diana’s) positive impact in the UK and around the world and to help future generations understand the significance of her place in history. The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as her work and the impact it has had on so many people ”.
The portrait, the work of sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, depicts Diana, the statement says, in the “final period of her life when she gained confidence in her role as ambassador for humanitarian causes” and aims to “convey her character and his compassion ». The name of the princess and the date of the inauguration are engraved under the statue and a poem by Albert Schweitzer is engraved on the stone paving in front.
Very few people were present at the ceremony. The Queen and Charles preferred to give up, in order not to overshadow William and Harry and for easily understandable reasons of opportunity. There was not even Kate, who had taken her children days ago to preview the statue of the grandmother. Instead, arriving on foot, there were Diana’s close relatives, her brother Count Spencer and her sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. There was the sculptor Rank-Broadley, chosen after many other alternatives had failed. No one had been able to grasp the essence of Diana and Rank-Broadley, who had already sculpted the profile of the Queen found on more recent British coins, seemed like the best solution. Also present were Rupert Gavin, chairman of the committee that looks after the historic royal palaces, and the garden designer Pip Morrison.
The Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace has been completely redesigned by Morrison with 4,000 flowers chosen from Lady Diana’s favorites: anemones, roses, tulips, sweet peas, forget-me-not, lavender, dahlias. People will be able to visit it during the opening hours of Kensington Palace and it is feared that the statue will become a kind of sanctuary on which flowers, tickets and gifts will be placed, as it happened in September 1997 immediately after the tragic death of the princess and how it is again happened in these days on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, with many people who camped in front of the gates of Kensington and spent the night there.
Omid Scobie, the royal reporter closest to the Sussexes, had anticipated a few hours before the ceremony that the two princes would be limited to “behaving professionally” and that it was not their intention to spoil the day dedicated to mother Diana with attitudes of reconciliation. or division that they were, which would have diverted the attention of the media. Yet, since early morning, the sites of the English newspapers had long fantasized about a possible reconciliation, revealing that William and Harry had exchanged messages after England’s victory over Germany at the European football championships, breaking a mutual silence that lasted from months. William is president of the Football Association and Harry will have sent him congratulations to which his brother, as a polite person, will have responded.
It is also said that after the unveiling of the statue the two brothers met, but it is very difficult for them to be reconciled. Harry will then have to return to California to give an account to Meghan, whose fame still thrives on the “truth bombs” that he occasionally detonates against the royal family: making peace could be counterproductive, given that the role of victim persecuted by the Royals for the color of his skin proved to be very profitable in the United States in terms of solidarity, consent and millionaire contracts.
In the corridors of Clarence House and Kensington Palace it is said that Harry would have been quick to acknowledge that he made mistakes after his flight to America, but that Meghan advised him not to. William certainly won’t change his mind about his sister-in-law, whom he would have called “that damned woman” in an interview with his brother. Harry will defend his wife from allegations of bullying against palace staff, but dozens of people would be ready to testify about the humiliating way in which they were treated by the Duchess, more comfortable with the capricious manners of Hollywood divas and stars than not with those of a royal family. Even Elizabeth had summoned her to say: “Meghan, in our family we don’t treat people like this.”
The Queen, Charles and the Cambridge have only seen little Archie a couple of times and one wonders if they will ever see the newest baby, Lilibet Diana. Meanwhile, Meghan’s paternal uncle Michael, a former diplomat who had helped her find a job at the embassy in Argentina, died. He hadn’t seen his niece for five years, he didn’t know Archie or Lilibet, he died of Parkinson’s in a community. When Meghan cuts ties, she usually does it forever.