In a statement released by Kensington Palace, the two princes said:
“It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.”
“Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy,” they continued.
The statue of Diana will be placed in the public grounds of Kensington Palace, her former home in west London. A sculptor is yet to be chosen by a committee of six people, which include Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale. However, a palace spokesperson said that work on the statue will commence ‘very soon.’
This will be the fourth London-based monument dedicated to the Princess. It will be placed near the Princess Diana Memorial fountain in Hyde Park and the memorial garden close to Kensington Palace.
The announcement follows a rare admission made by Prince William at a London bereavement centre, in which he said his mother’s death had made him ‘very angry.’
The 20th anniversary will be marked by several charitable events, as well as a host of exhibitions up and down the country throughout the year.