Royal fans baffled by detail in Princess Diana statue
Prince William and Prince Harry have come together for the first time in months to unveil a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.
However, royal fans have been left baffled by one aspect of the statue, taking to Twitter to question who the children are on either side of her.
Many wondered why the royal family hadn’t chosen to depict Princess Diana with her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“Interesting that the Princess Diana statue is of her & two random kids rather than of her & the two kids who unveiled the statue,” one person said, not realising that there is a third child included in the sculpture.
“Why does the Diana statue have 3 random kids on it & not her own 2 sons?” another person said, with a royal fan commenting: “I thought that too would have been nice”.
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However, others didn’t see the issue with the statue, with one person stating: “I think the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, is very appropriate. If the two princes want the world to remember their mother, they must remember her for her humanitarian work. Diana loved the kids so I loved the idea of them being there.”
Another person wrote: “Anyone mocking the Diana statue needs to remember that mythical “be kind” mantra often chanted on Twitter but yet no one ever seems to play by it. Two kids lost their mum - they picked this from countless other options - so it means something to them & who are we to judge that?”
The statue, which was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, shows the late princess with her arm around two children and a third behind her.
According to a statement by the palace, it’s meant to represents “the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work.”
The statue - which was cast by Castle Fine Arts Foundry in the traditional 'lost-wax' process, with a patina of a bluish green over black - features Diana wearing an open-necked shirt wide belt and a pencil skirt with her hands on the shoulders of a boy and a girl. A third child stands behind her.
Speaking to PA, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley explained why the trio appear together.
"I think we felt if the princess stood on her own in solitary fashion she might appear isolated," he said.
"And one of the things that came across in talking to her friends and family was she was such a friendly and gregarious person, and she had a particular warmth for children. And in many ways it alludes to her humanitarian work and shows she was a great comfort."
Kensington Palace explained the portrait and style of Diana's outfit was based on the "final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes" and the sculpture aims to "convey her character and compassion".
William and Harry commissioned the statue in 2017 and wanted it to "recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history".
Kensington Palace added: "The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people."
Beneath the bronze sculpture is a plinth engraved with the princess' name and the date of the unveiling ceremony.
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