Diana: ‘No way Queen would have put up statue’ says Lacey
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Princess Diana’s new statue would not have been organised by the Queen, according to royal author Robert Lacey. Mr Lacey suggested Prince William and Prince Harry form a “new generation of Spencer” and have honoured their mother’s legacy by commissioning a statue to be placed in Kensington Palace.
Robert Lacey told True Royalty’s The Royal Beat: “There’s no way the Queen would have put up a statue for Diana.
“Obviously no way Charles would have put up a statue for Diana, so this is them – it’s the new generation of Spencer taking over.
“There’s not a Windsor in sight, it’s that side of the family.”
The two Princes commissioned the statue in 2017 in order to honour what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday.
Designed by British sculptor Ian Rank Broadley, the statue has been placed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, which was reportedly Diana’s favourite location.
Mr Rank-Broadley has worked with the Royal Family on numerous occasions and is responsible for the design of the Queen on all British coinage.
In a small ceremony on Thursday, Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by members of the Spencer family to unveil the statue.
Diana’s brother, the Earl Spencer was in attendance, along with her sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
A paving stone in front of the statue is engraved with the poem The Measure of a Man.
The unveiling ceremony marked the first time Harry and William had reunited since the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip.
Although relations between the pair have been strained since Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped back from the Royal Family, the brothers put their differences aside for the event.
Aside from the two Princes, no other member of the Royal Family were in attendance.
By the end of her life, Princess Diana had a difficult relationship with the Royal Family and with Buckingham Palace.
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Her marriage to Prince Charles had ended in divorce in 1995, with both parties admitting to infidelity.
In an interview with BBC Panorama in 1995, Princess Diana detailed her struggles with bulimia, the emotional coldness of the Royal Family and her husband’s long-term affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The interview was a disaster for the Royal Family and the Queen wrote to both her son and daughter-in-law to request that they divorce.
Princess Diana died at the age of 36 in 1997. Her car was being pursued by the paparazzi in Paris and ultimately lost control, killing both the Princess and her partner Dodi Fayed.
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