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Princess Diana’s former chef points out issue with children in her new statue

The striking new statue of Princess Diana that sits pride of place in Kensington Palace shows her surrounded by three unknown children.

But her former royal chef has pointed out an issue with the sculpture, claiming it’s not how she would have posed with youngsters in real life.

The statue, which was revealed to the world yesterday, depicts the late princess wearing a high-waisted skirt and statement belt alongside the children.

But Darren McGrady, a personal chef of Diana’s, questioned the positioning of the third child – a boy that stands behind the princess.

He wrote on Twitter : “In real life #PrincessDiana would have scooped up the little boy or at least moved him front and centre for this pose. She was always inclusive when it came to children. Just my opinion.”

Princes William and Harry admire the statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

The unveiling also left many fans asking who the children in the statue are with Kensington Palace explaining they “represent the universality and generational impact of the princess’ work”.

But Darren, who said he was thrilled to finally see the statue, also wondered why the children in it were unknown rather than her own sons.

He added: “Why oh why was it not William and Harry that she had her arms around. Her boys meant the world to her. Oh well, as long as Wills and Harry are happy with it.”

After the statue was unveiled by Princes William and Harry yesterday, Kensington Palace said: “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.”

While Ian Rank-Broadley, the statue’s creator, explained: “We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations. I hope people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, taking a moment to remember the Princess.”

Princes William and Harry admire the statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
Princes William and Harry admire the statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

After yesterday’s statue unveiling, a joint statement was issued by William and Harry where they paid tribute to their mother.

It said: “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.

“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.

“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.”



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