Kensington Palace has confirmed that close family members of Princess Diana will attend a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a statue of the late royal.
“Prince William and Prince Harry will attend a small event to mark the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on Thursday 1 July,” according to a statement released on Friday.
“Along with Diana’s immediate family, members of the statue committee, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer Pip Morrison will be in attendance.”
The news was made public as the Duke of Sussex arrived at Heathrow Airport in London from Los Angeles.
At the Sussexes’ UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, Harry will be staying with his cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and their baby boy, August.
Harry will have to isolate for five days until he can do a ‘test to release,’ which will allow him to leave self-isolation once a negative result is received, according to UK government rules.
The guest list for the statue unveiling has been drastically reduced due to COVID-19 rules, according to Richard Kay of MailOnline. Around 100 of Diana’s friends, ex-staff, and supporters were reportedly invited by William and Harry.
The event will be the royal brothers’ first meeting since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
After stepping down from royal duties in March 2020, Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, who was born on June 4th.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and legacy,” Kensington Palace previously stated.”