On Thursday, July 1, what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday, the brothers reunited at Kensington Palace to unveil a statue of the Princess of Wales. "Today...we remember her love, strength and character–qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better," Harry and William said. "Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."
"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work," they continued, "to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."
Harry and William, who have not been seen together since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April, first announced the dedication in 2020. "The statue was commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world," read Harry and William's joint statement, referencing their mom's 1997 passing. "The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother's life and her legacy."
On June 28, just days before publicly reuniting with his older brother, Harry made a surprise virtual appearance at the Diana Awards. "I want to thank you for being part of this important moment and for being such a valuable asset to your community," Harry said in a video message to young leaders being honored at the ceremony. "I'm truly honored to be celebrating your work, your commitment to change making and the vital role you've taken on representing a new generation of humanitarianism."
The 36-year-old royal went on to address the upcoming tribute to his mother. "Later this week, my brother and I are recognizing what would have been our mum's 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living an authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others," he continued. "Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out and in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion and I too see those same values shine through."
Harry, who announced his royal exit alongside Meghan in January 2020, spoke openly about Diana in the couple's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired this past March. As for how Diana would react to his departure from royal life, Harry said, "I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad. But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."
In fact, as Harry mentioned in the tell-all, the endowment he received from his mother helped him start this new chapter. "I think she saw it coming. And I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process," he shared, before referencing Diana and Prince Charles' divorce. "I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side. Because I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago, because it's been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other."