The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned a statue in honour of Princess Diana, their mother, twenty years after her death.
The two princes believe “the time is right to recognise her positive impact” with a permanent statue that will be erected in Kensington Palace, her former residence.
A sculptor has yet to be commissioned but a spokesperson said the work would begin soon. The artist is to be chosen by a committee made up of six people including Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
In a joint statement, the two princes said, “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.
“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.”
It is understood that The Queen supports the gesture commemorating Princess Diana.
Kate Williams, royal historian, said that this was a good opportunity to put their stamp on their mother’s legacy underlining the charity work she performed, an aspect of her life her two sons have taken up.
Princess Diana died in August 1997 in a Paris car crash. At the time the Duke of Cambridge was 15 and Prince Harry was 12.
The statue will be the fourth monument based in London of the late Princess. It will be close to other monuments such as the Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park and the gardens near Kensington Palace.
Camilla Tominey, royal editor at the Sunday Express newspaper said, “This is Harry and William saying that want a more permanent and personal memorial to their mother. They were too young when she died to have any role in the memorial.
“There’s a sense that people want to go somewhere and pay their respects two decades on.”