Prince William reaches out to Harry in touching speech about Diana statue

Prince William made a rare mention of his estranged brother Harry, 37, this week when he spoke in tribute to their mother Princess Diana.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, touchingly referred to the California-based royal when addressing an audience at Kensington Palace this week, saying that they were “both happy” with the new Diana statue in the Sunken Garden.

While Harry was there for the emotional unveiling ceremony at the Palace in July, he did not go to the postponed private reception on Tuesday, which was held in honour of benefactors who donated towards the statue.

Instead, William filled in for the two of them, delivering a heartfelt speech that echoed the most revered qualities of his late mother.

A source told The Sun: “It was very intimate and sweet.

“William made a brilliant speech saying thank you from him and Harry and how happy they both were with the statue.

“He mentioned Harry by name. The brothers are barely on speaking terms but it’s clear the Princess Di statue has done some good.”

The original reception event, held strictly behind closed doors, was supposed to occur at the same time as the unveiling, but had to be rearranged for last week due to Covid concerns.

Guests of the Tuesday afternoon ceremony likely included friends of the late princess, as well as family members and a few former staff.

The Palace's Diana statue depicts the Princess of Wales with a short haircut, dressed in some of her 1990s clothing. The bronze figure, crafted by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, is then circled by three children.

Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997, five years after her divorce from Prince Charles. At the time, Prince William was 15 years old, and Prince Harry, was just 12.

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