20 Years After Diana's Death, William and Harry Plan a Statue
Princes say 'the time is right to recognise her positive impact'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2017 8:31 AM CST
In this 1993 file photo, Princess Diana and sons Harry and William at Banana Bay Beach, St. Kitts. Harry and William said on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, that they plan to build a statue to mark the 20th anniversary...   (Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – The sons of the late Princess Diana plan to build a statue to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a Paris car crash in 1997, reports the AP. Princes William and Harry have commissioned the statue, which will be paid for with private funds and erected in the public gardens of Diana's former London home, Kensington Palace. They said "the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent" statue. They continue, per the BBC: "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." The princes hope the statue will be unveiled this year; Queen Elizabeth is said to support their plans. Before her death in a high-speed car crash in Paris, Diana was involved in a wide range of charities, including landmine awareness. (Diana's grave got a makeover last year.)

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