Princess Diana: Charles Spencer reveals royal bloodline
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Earl Spencer, the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, joined the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge for the anticipated unveiling on Thursday. Diana’s other siblings, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, were also among a handful of guests invited to the unveiling.
The private ceremony at Kensington Palace marked a small family reunion for the Spencer family as Prince Harry and William have not seen the relatives since Harry’s move to America.
The statue, unveiled on July 1, is a tribute to Diana’s “life and legacy” on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Taking to Twitter following the event, Charles Spencer posted two images of the statue and a few brief words.
He tweeted: “Today, in Kensington. A good day.”
Charles Spencer tweets about Diana statue unveiling (Image: Getty Images)
Charles Spencer greets Prince Harry and William (Image: Getty Images)
In one of Earl Spencer’s pictures, both he and his older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, can be seen smiling on either side of the statue.
The Spencer family has remained close with William and Harry following the death of Diana in 1997.
All three Spencer siblings attended the christening of Prince Harry’s eldest son, Archie Harrison, in 2019.
Following the birth of Lilibet Diana, Earl Spencer was quizzed about the name choice for his latest blood relative.
Prince Harry and Prince William unveil Princess Diana statue (Image: Getty Images)
Charles Spencer, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale attend statue unveiling (Image: Getty Images)
Royal Family Tree (Image: Getty Images)
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, he said: “When I look at all these newspapers going berserk again and I’ve always found it so hard, I think it’s because I’m not very imaginative, but I always see things in terms of family.
“And I remember when I was a boy and Diana became Princess of Wales, I just sort of ploughed along on the same path.
“You separate the media personality from the real person who’s a member of your family, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
The statue was designed by British sculptor Ian Rank Broadley and is placed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, which was reportedly Diana’s favourite location.
The Spencer family greets Prince Harry and William at Kensington Palace (Image: Getty Images)
Charles Spencer and Prince Harry (Image: Getty Images)
Royal expert Robert Lacey said Prince Harry and Prince William acted as a “new generation of Spencer” but acknowledged neither the Queen nor Prince Charles would have put up a statue for the late Princess of Wales.
He told True Royalty’s The Royal Beat: “There’s no way the Queen would have put up a statue for Diana.
“Obviously no way Charles would have put up a statue for Diana, so this is them – it’s the new generation of Spencer taking over.
“There’s not a Windsor in sight, it’s that side of the family.”