Kate absent from Diana statue event as it was ‘best for the kids and her’, insider says

Kate Middleton takes part in reaction station at Wimbledon

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The Duchess, 39, initially wanted to attend the ceremony but decided against it in the end, an insider has said. The source said Kate was absent from the statue reveal “out of respect” for her husband and brother-in-law.

The source told Us Weekly: “Out of respect for [Prince] Harry and [Prince] William, [the royal family] wanted it to be just about Diana’s sons and not a huge public affair.

“Kate was definitely supporting [her husband] William while physically not being there and really wanted to attend, but the family as a whole decided it was best for the kids and her to stay home.”

The insider said the Duchess is expecting to see the statue, located in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, “at a later time”.

Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, will attend with their mother.

Prince William and Prince Harry unveiled the statue surrounded by a limited number of guests due to the current coronavirus rules.

The two brothers seemed to display signs of “reconciliation” following reports of a rift, according to an expert.

Body language expert Judi James told GB News why she believed the “emotional moment” brought the brothers together.

She said: “As they stood there and the cloth came off the statue and they both gazed up at their mother’s face, Harry put his hands on his hips.

“I think that was something where he was perhaps trying to keep his composure.

“That must have been a very difficult, very emotional moment.”

The expert added: “But he turned round and looked at William and, for me, that gaze did imply a moment of reconciliation.

“It was kind of ‘this is our mother and remember how things used to be’.

“That was the most poignant pose for me.”

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