Had she lived she would be 60 years old Thursday, July 1. The tragedy of Diana, Princess of Wales, was in part that though she gave much she had so much more to give. Her life of service is being commemorated today by her two sons – William, Duke of Cambridge, and Harry, Duke of Sussex – with the unveiling of a statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London, her home once she became a royal.
It’s telling that the tension between Prince Harry and the Royal Family is such that Covid-19 has become a convenient excuse for only the minimum family members to be in attendance. Apart from Diana’s two sons, the other scheduled attendees include members of her Spencer family, the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and garden designer Pip Morrison. Prince William’s wife and children – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte – are expected to view the statue sometime beforehand. Prince Harry’s wife – Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – remains home in California with their son, Archie, and newborn, Lilibet Diana.
The last thing Diana would’ve wanted was for her boys to be at odds. But then if wishes were truths, Diana would be alive today.