A major hurdle which could have prevented Prince William and Harry being reunited has been lifted after officials gave permission for a statue of Princess Diana to be erected at her former home, Kensington Palace.
The warring Princes have said they will attend the unveiling of the statue on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1. It would be the first time they’ve met since last March.
Planners at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea approved plans even though they have no idea of what it would look like.
They were not given any images of the proposed statue but just its dimensions and location.
‘The palace would like to erect a new statue but does not wish to give final details at this stage,’ one report said.
‘I am satisfied that even if a plain block of bronze of the dimensions given were erected, this would still not harm the views of the palace. I don’t think it is our role to get involved in artistic design.’
No one complained about the plans and Historic England said the proposal would not have an adverse effect on the Grade I-listed Kensington Palace.
The statue is being created by Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the Queen appears on all British coins.
Jane Siddell, inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England, wrote: ‘The proposed art installation is located within the Sunken Garden, an early 20th century element of the gardens located a little way from the east front of the Palace.
‘The location has been carefully chosen, with the statue to be located off-centre on one of the paths within the garden, close to an opening in the hedges.
‘It will be visible to the public viewing the garden, but the statue will not impinge upon views of, or from the Palace owing to its slightly sunken and screened position.
‘There is a tradition of statues being installed in Kensington Gardens and around Kensington Palace, for instance the statue of King William III to the south of the palace, and Queen Victoria by the Round Pond, and the proposed installation follows that tradition.’
William and Harry are said to have spoken by telephone following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, but friends of the LA-based couple said the conversation was ‘not productive’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Richard Eden