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prince harry and prince William stand shoulder to shoulder to unveil princess Diana statue

HARRY and William said they wished their mother was still alive as they stood side-by-side during an emotional reunion at Kensington Palace today.

Unveiling a statue to Princess Diana, the brothers poignantly said: "Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”

The princes looked remarkably similar as they mirrored each other's body language Credit: AP

The pair laughed and joked together as they came face-to-face for the first time since Prince Philip's funeral in April.

They didn't give a speech at this afternoon's service - but instead released a statement to the media.

"Today, on what would have been our mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character - qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better," they said.

The brothers appeared close this afternoon - raising the hopes of millions that their feud may now be behind them.

As they entered the Sunken Garden, their body language even mirrored each other's.

Striding up to the covered statue, the Duke of Sussex then clapped his hands in anticipation.

Both held the green curtain draped over the memorial and William asked "ready?" before they pulled it off in sync to reveal the touching artwork.

A round of applause echoed around the garden - a favourite place of Princess Diana's - as the statue was shown for the first time.

And while both the brothers seemed on great form, Harry appeared delighted to see family after his move to America.

He joked with his mother's siblings at the event, kissing his aunt Lady Sarah McCorquodale on both cheeks before proceeding to give two more mock-pecks as she wagged her finger at him.

He also laughed as he saw his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spence.

Both the brothers later shared jokes with their guests.

Harry took the wheel of a Land Rover the wheel as he left the palace after the ceremony ended.

It's not yet known if he's returned to Frogmore Cottage or boarding a plane back to LA.

Today's event was small, with just a handful of people invited - not including the Queen, who is on official duties in Scotland, or Prince Charles.

Work on the garden began in October 2019, and since that date, five gardeners have spent 1,000 hours planting 4,000 bulbs of Diana's favourite flowers, including forget-me-nots, roses and tulips.

The special statue is designed to be viewed from the Cradle Walk, which boasts an arched arbour of lime trees and is free to visitors during the palace's opening hours.

The stunning memorial, which features the princess with her arms wrapped around three children, also has an engraving of an extract from poem The Measure of a Man.

The verse featured in a programme for the 2007 memorial service for Diana.

It reads: "These are the units to measure the worth/ Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth/ Not what was her station?/ But had she a heart?/ How did she play her God-given part?"

Kensington Palace said the princes "wanted the statue to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history."

"The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people," the Palace said in a statement.

The brothers embraced their aunts at the event Credit: pixel8000

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