Prince William, Prince Harry Say 'We Wish She Were Still With Us' on Diana's 60th

Prince William and Prince Harry issued a joint statement honoring their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The two princes reunited in London today to unveil a statue of the former Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace.

Following their estrangement since Harry's move to the United States, the brothers presented a united front for the occasion, which was held privately at the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Place.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex unveiled the new memorial and released a joint statement, saying they wished their mother was still with them.

"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.

"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 continued: "Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

The statue, sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley, aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, according to Kensington Palace.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrive for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London, on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. Yui Mok/AFP via Getty Images

"The figure of Diana, Princess of Wales is surrounded by three children who represent the universality and generational impact of The Princess' work," the palace continued in the statement.

"The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion."

The statue also features an engraving with an extract from the poem "The Measure of A Man."

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?"

"We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations," Rank Broadley said of the statue. "I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember The Princess."

Prince Harry's arrival back in the U.K. this week also saw him meet with the public for the first time since his exit as a senior member of the royal family, when he attended the 2021 WellChild Awards on Wednesday.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London, on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images