The statue is commissioned to sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
Grief can permanently change people. It could circle back into our lives long after we assume we have overcome it. It could make a few feel numb and devoid of emotions until we have the strength to process our loss. But when a young child loses a parent, the pain can be multifold.
For Princes William and Harry, processing grief over losing their mother, Princess Diana, came in many stages. Given that they were only 15 and 12, respectively, coping with their feelings took a long time. For the older brother, becoming a father brought back some difficult emotions he had not expected. The father-of-three said that fatherhood brought "traumatic" feelings back for him.
"I think when you've been through something traumatic in life — and that is like you say your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger — your emotions come back in leaps and bounds because it's a very different phase of life," William said, as per CBS News. "And there's no one there to, kind of, help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming," he said.
Prince Harry confessed that he was lost until the late 20s, which is when he started seeking professional help. "Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother. He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional. Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family. He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child," a source was quoted as saying by the Independent UK.
Together, the Windsor brothers have been resilient and their mother still brings them together, despite whatever differences they may have. It is believed that they are estranged since Prince Harry publicly announced his plans to step down as a senior member of the royal family.
But the two princes have commissioned a statue to mark Princess Diana's 60th birth anniversary, and it will be unveiled on July 1, 2021, with a ceremony in the Sunken Garden at the palace, according to Sky News. The statue was initially commissioned to mark the Princess of Wales' 20th death anniversary but it had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
She passed away on August 31, 1997, after sustaining injuries from a car crash, at the age of 36. Her partner Dodi Al Fayed was also killed in the same crash in Paris. Their driver was driving above the speed limit before entering the Paris's Pont de l'Alma tunnel, reported OprahMag.
The statue, said a statement from her two sons, was first "commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world" in February 2017.
They added, "The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy. Our mother touched so many lives." The statement was released before their mother's 23rd death anniversary, August 31, 2020. This was the first joint statement by the brothers since Prince Harry moved to California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie.
The statue is commissioned to sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. He is the same artist who designed Queen Elizabeth’s image that has been on British coins since 1998, according to Fox News.