Prince William, Kate and children plan private visit to Diana statue ahead of unveiling

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Diana enjoying a day out at Thorpe Park with Harry and William (PA Media)
Diana enjoying a day out at Thorpe Park with Harry and William (PA Media)

Prince William and his family are set to visit his mother’s statue privately ahead of the official unveiling later this week.

The Duke of Cambridge is understood to be planning a trip to view the memorial at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for an intimate moment with his wife and children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

It is also said the father-of-three wanted his small family to see it before the big unveil on Thursday when the rest of the world will see the statue in its full glory.

William and Harry had commissioned the artwork in 2017 – the 20th anniversary year of her death – to celebrate the princess’s life and legacy with the creation of a permanent statue.

But the unveiling has seen a number of delays, with the Covid-19 pandemic playing a part in the delayed ceremony.

In a statement when the project was announced in 2017, the royal brothers said: “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.”

The news of the private visit comes after Covid-19 restrictions forced organisers to dramatically scale back the number of guests allowed to the ceremony.

The gathering, which will see just a handful of guests including Spencer relatives, is to mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.

The Duke of Cambridge is understood to be planning a trip to view the memorial at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for an intimate moment with his wife and children -  Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (PA Archive)
The Duke of Cambridge is understood to be planning a trip to view the memorial at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for an intimate moment with his wife and children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (PA Archive)

Among those attending will be members of the statue committee, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, who created the statue, and garden designer Pip Morrison.

Harry has also arrived in the UK from California and is quarantining at Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle.

Those arriving in England from amber list countries must normally quarantine for ten days but can end this early after five days under ‘test to release’ if they pay for a Covid-19 test on day five, in addition to a test on day two.

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