Kate and William honour Diana at poignant ceremony as Harry's absence sorely felt

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a postponed reception at Kensington Palace to celebrate the artwork of the Princess of Wales that was unveiled to the public last summer. Prince William, 39, and his wife, invited people who made donations towards the statue to their home to thank them for their contributions. While Harry didn’t make the journey from California for the event he is understood to have been in touch privately with donors who supported the artwork.

The statue depicts the Princess of Wales with a short haircut, dressed in the clothes of the 1990s.

The bronze figure, crafted by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, is then circled by three children.

Princess Diana was 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, now 37, was just 12.

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However, Prince Harry did not attend the event in honour of his mother, choosing not to fly back to the UK from California.

Tuesday afternoon’s Kensington Palace event was held behind doors out of public view.

It is understood that he has had individual communication with donors who contributed to the creation of the statue.

The event at Kensington Palace offered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the opportunity to examine the statue in the presence of those who had supported the project.

Prince Harry has resided in California with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, since they stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

Their split from the Royal Family came less than two years after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018, when the Duchess became a member of the Firm.

The royal couple renounced their duties as senior working royals and relocated to Meghan’s home state in the USA.

Since the highly public rift, the Sussexes revealed all in an explosive television interview with American chat show host, Oprah Winfrey.

During the bombshell interview, the Duchess of Sussex claimed one senior member of the Royal Family expressed concerns about what colour their son Archie’s skin, would be when he was born.

Prince Harry refused to divulge which member of the Royal Family had voiced this, but Prince William refuted the allegations after the interview was aired.

The Duke of Cambridge responded that the monarchy was “very much not a racist family.”

The Sussexes first welcomed Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two, followed by Lilibet Diana earlier this year.

The Duchess of Sussex also confessed details of her worsening mental health following her wedding to Prince Harry and claimed she felt unsupported by the Firm during her pregnancy with Archie.

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