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William, Harry to unveil Diana statue as royal rift simmers

Royal watchers will be looking closely for any signs of a truce — or deepening rift — on Thursday when William and Harry unveil a statue of their mother.

LONDON, UK — They were once so close.

Princes William and Harry grew up together, supported each other after their mother’s untimely death and worked side by side as they began their royal duties — two brothers seemingly bonded for life by blood, tradition and tragedy.

But those links are now painfully strained as William sits in London defending the royal family from allegations of racism and insensitivity made by Harry and his wife, Meghan, from their new home in Southern California.

Royal watchers will be looking closely for any signs of a truce — or deepening rift — on Thursday when William and Harry unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. The event in the Sunken Garden at London’s Kensington Palace will be their second public meeting since Harry and Meghan stepped away from royal duties over a year ago.

People shouldn’t expect a quick resolution of the conflict because the two men are fighting over core beliefs, says Robert Lacey, a historian and author of “Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.’’ William is defending the monarchy, and Harry is defending his wife.

“It’s a matter of love versus duty, with William standing for duty and the concept of the monarchy as he sees it,” Lacey said. “And then from Harry’s point of view, love, loyalty to his wife. He is standing by her. These are very deeply rooted differences, so it would be facile to think that there can just be a click of the fingers.”

But finding some sort of rapprochement between the princes is crucial to the monarchy as Britain’s royal family seeks to appeal to a younger generation and a more diverse population.

When Harry married Meghan just over three years ago, it seemed as if they would be central figures in that next chapter of the royal story.

The Fab Four — William and his wife, Kate, together with Harry and Meghan — were seen as a cadre of youth and vigor that would take the monarchy forward after the tumultuous 1990s and early 2000s, when divorce, Princess Diana’s death, and Prince Charles’ controversial second marriage to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, cast doubt on the future of the institution.

Meghan, a biracial former TV star from Los Angeles, was expected to be an important part of that effort, with Black and Asian commentators saying that for the first time there was a member of the royal family who looked like them.

But the words “Fab Four” were quickly replaced in tabloid headlines by “Royal Rift.”

First, their joint royal office was dissolved. Then, Harry stepped away from royal duties and moved his family to North America in search of a more peaceful life. William pressed on with royal tasks, including goodwill events like accompanying his grandmother to Scotland this week to tour a soft drink factory.

The relationship was further strained in March when Harry and Meghan gave an interview to U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Harry confirmed rumors that he and his brother had been growing apart, saying “the relationship is ‘space’ at the moment” — though he added that “time heals all things, hopefully.” Harry also told Winfrey that his father, Prince Charles, didn’t accept his calls for a time.

And then came the real shocker. The couple revealed that before the birth of their first child, an unidentified member of the royal family had expressed concern about how dark his skin might be. Days after the broadcast, William responded, telling reporters that his was “very much not a racist family.”

But whatever their disagreements, out of respect for their mother, William and Harry won’t put their differences on display during the statue ceremony, said historian Ed Owens, author of “The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public 1932-1953,” which examines the royal family’s public relations strategy.

“We’re not going to see any acrimony or animosity between the brothers on Thursday,’’ Owens said. “I think reconciliation is a long way off, but nevertheless these are expert performers. Harry and William have been doing this job for long enough now that they know that they’ve got to put, if you like, occasional private grievances … aside for the sake of getting on with the job.”

Lacey believes William and Harry will ultimately reconcile because it is in both of their interests to do so.

Harry and Meghan need to repair relations to protect the aura of royalty that has allowed them to sign the lucrative contracts with Netflix and Spotify that are funding their life in California, Lacey said. If they don’t, they risk becoming irrelevant like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were shunned by the royal family after the duke gave up the throne in the 1930s to marry an American divorcee. His brother, Queen Elizabeth II’s father, then became king.

“It’s very appealing, particularly in America, the idea that they rebelled against this stuffy old British institution,” Lacey said. “But there’s a point they can’t go too far, and they’re approaching that point.’’

“On William’s side, it is impossible to go on ostracizing, boycotting the only members of the royal family who are of mixed race in a multiracial world of diversity,” he added.

The critical moment may be next year, when the queen celebrates her platinum jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne.

Under normal circumstances for these big occasions, the queen would want the whole family together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where the royals have traditionally gathered to wave to the public.

“Who’s going to be on the balcony at Buckingham Palace?” Lacey asked. “That family grouping has surely got to include Meghan and Harry and their two children, Archie and Lili, alongside their cousins, the children of William and Kate.’’

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Davina McCall deletes blistering post slamming Princess Diana statue ‘It feels stiff’

Still, Lorraine was less than impressed as she added: “I just don’t think it does her justice.

“I know there was good intentions [behind it],” she said before she was cut off by Mr Myers.

He said: “Are any modern statues any good? That’s the issue. It’s from her later years. They wanted to represent the time she was more confident in her humanitarian work. Whether they have achieved that is a matter to debate.”

While Lorraine may not be a fan of the statue, she admitted: “I don’t know, I know the outfit, that was on a Christmas card wasn’t it, well that’s where they think it came from.”

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Princess Diana statue outfit represents her ‘confidence in final years’ -style in pictures

Today marks what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, with tributes being paid around the world to the late Princess. The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex have unveiled a statue to honour their late mother at the Sunken Garden, in Kensington Palace.

However, during her last years when she was very involved with charity projects, her new looks became more casual and she opted for more low cut dresses.

For Diana’s statue, this has been indeed the chosen style, in order to represent the final period of her life.

In the bronze statue, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, we see Princess Diana in a midi dress featuring long sleeves and a belt.

“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,” an official statement said.

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Diana is shown standing alongside three children chosen to represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work.

Kensington Palace explained that it aims to “reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana”.

While Diana was known for wearing elegant outfits during the 80s and 90s, designer Rank-Broadley opted for something more classic for the statue.

And that is because, during her last years, which is the period the designer chose to recreate, the Princess used to wear smart-casual outfits.

In a joint tribute, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex 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.”

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Princes William, Harry unveil Princess Diana’s statue

The brothers unveiled the statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.

LONDON, UK — Princes William and Harry unveiled a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday Thursday in a small — and brief — ceremony at London’s Kensington Palace.

Diana’s family joined the two brothers for the ceremony at the palace’s Sunken Garden, a place in which the princess once found solace. It was the first time the brothers have appeared in public together since the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip.

The brothers later issued a joint statement in which they described their mother’s strength and character as “qualities that made her a force for good around the world.”

“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,” they said.

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Below is the full statement:

“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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‘Sons first and foremost’: William and Harry’s body language shows ‘unity’ at Diana statue

The expert stated: “Given their history and given that they knew the eyes of the world were on them at this unveiling, William and Harry put in a very good body language performance of unity and even, at some points, fun.

“The word ‘performance’ is not a criticism as it would have been impossible to act totally naturally under this type of pressure and scrutiny but they did appear to have come to some agreement to arrive together, smiling and with an air of relaxed unity.”

Their focus looked to be on celebrating the life of Princess Diana, Judi continued.

She said: “These were two sons first and foremost, rather than two warring brothers.

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“The smiles they wore as they arrived side by side might have looked a little like overkill signals but they did mirror one another as they walked down the stairs into the garden, with that matching postural echo suggesting unity on a more subliminal level.”

Before today, Prince William and Prince Harry were most recently seen at the funeral of Prince Philip in April.

Judi claimed the royals made more eye contact today than at their last meeting.

“Harry’s trait of fiddling with his wedding ring showed where his thoughts were in terms of comfort and support but there were moments of eye contact between him and William,” she added.

Prince Harry also seemed to look to Prince William for comfort, Judi claimed.

The expert concluded: “They laughed together and they stood and worked as a team of two to plan the best way to remove the cloth from the statue, with Harry grinning and using the kind of gesticulation that would have made William laugh in the old days.

“There was one moment of reflection as they gazed up into their mother’s face.

“Then Harry glanced across at William as though keen to share his thoughts, memories and emotions with his older brother.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on March 26, 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 39, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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Princess Diana pictured in outfit that ‘inspired statue’ ‒ royal fans convinced

Earlier this afternoon, Prince Harry and Prince William unveiled a sculpture of their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The pair put their differences aside at Sunken Garden, in Kensington Palace, to honour Diana on the day she would have turned 60. Throughout her life, the princess was considered a style icon for many and still continues to inspire fashion today.

In the bronze statue, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, Diana can be seen in a midi dress featuring long sleeves and a belt.

An official statement 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.”

And royal fans think they have found the exact outfit, from a Christmas card in 1993 which features her in between her two sons.

It shows Diana, who donned a casual blue unbuttoned blouse and a large rectangle belt buckle, looking lovingly towards William as Harry gazes up at her.

Sharing the snap on Twitter, one royal fan said: “The statue’s outfit reminds me of Princess Diana’s card for Christmas 1993.”

And others agreed.

One noted: “I think this is exactly it.”

And another added: “I was wondering where he got the idea for that huge buckle.”

But others did point out that her hairstyle appeared to be “slightly later” than what is seen in the new statue.

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The 1993 Christmas card marked the first time Prince Charles and Princess Diana each sent out their own festive greetings after they separated in 1992.

It also shows William and Harry wearing matching pale-blue shirts with black vee-neck jumpers.

The style of Diana’s dress in the statue is reminiscent of a number of ensembles worn by the royal later in her life.

After her divorce from Charles, she went on to develop more individuality with her fashion choices.

It came as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes.

In one photograph from their summer holiday in Majorca in July 1988, Diana, with William and Harry, can be seen on the steps of the Marivent Palace donning a flatting red pencil skirt and three-quarter length white blouse.

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On another occasion, during a trip to Egypt in 1992, the royal opted for a pale-blue pleated skirt featuring the same thick pleated belt.

And a third example, from the same trip, shows her wearing a lemon-coloured skirt and blouse as she walked with a boy she met on a visit to Cairo.

The statue was commissioned by William and Harry in 2017 in memory of their mother and to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.

The brothers wanted the statue to recognise her positive impact around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history.

In the new figure, Diana is surrounded by three children who represent the impact of the Princess’ work.

Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with the Princess’ name and the date of the unveiling.

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William, Harry to reunite at Princess Diana statue unveiling

The statue will be unveiled at an afternoon ceremony on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.

LONDON — Princes William and Harry will put aside their differences to appear together Thursday to unveil a statue honoring their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.

The statue will be revealed at an afternoon ceremony on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, with members of her close family joined by others involved in the project. Statue sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley — whose effigy of the Queen appears on UK coins — and garden designer Pip Morrison will be among the guests as well as members of the statue committee.

The highly anticipated engagement is the first time the brothers have been seen together publicly since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April. William and Harry lived at Kensington Palace with their mother before she died in car crash in 1997.

Diana’s sons co-commissioned the piece in 2017 — the 20th anniversary of her death — as they wanted to recognize the impact of her life with a permanent statue.

“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 pair said in a joint statement announcing the project. They had hoped to unveil the statue that same year, but the project was delayed.

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Indiana Jones 5 set photos tease time travel plot for Harrison Ford after statue spotted?

Some 13 years after the release of the last outing and Indiana Jones 5 has begun shooting in the north of England. Harrison Ford, who turns 79 next month, was spotted back in his iconic costume for the Lucasfilm blockbuster that co-stars Mads Mikkelsen. The final film in the franchise’s title remains under wraps, although Steven Spielberg – who has stepped back from directing to produce – has previously confirmed the action takes place in the 1960s.

This would make a lot of sense since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took place in 1957.

Set photos from the fifth movie have been popping up all over the internet, including Nazi vehicles that could imply a flashback to World War II.

After all, a stuntman was spotted wearing a mask of what appeared to be a younger Harrison Ford.

While another snap included a train with a swastika on it, which had a potentially very interesting statue pictured nearby.

IJ Adventure Outpost, who posted one of the earliest set photos of Ford back in his Indy costume, also comment on that statue prop.

The sculpture included the head of a man with curly hair, a beard and a moustache.

The Twitter account wrote: “On first picture left up is in the wood construct a statue that looks like Chronos…. Story revealed?”

According to Greek mythology, Chronos is the personification of time and also the father of Zeus.

Even if that sounds too outlandish, we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something to do with controlling time involved in the plot, especially if that statue is indeed Chronos.

Heck, if the Moon Landing’s involved maybe those aliens from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are back?

Indiana Jones 5 will be directed by Logan’s James Mangold, while John Williams returns to compose the film’s score.

Additionally, Phoebe-Waller Bridge will co-star opposite Ford in an unknown role.

Back in 2019, Express.co.uk asked John Rhy-Davies, who played Sallah in the first and third movies, if he will feature in Indiana Jones 5.

After admitting he turned down a cameo in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wedding scene, the actor said: “Well I keep sending signals that I’d love to be [involved in Indiana Jones 5] but I’m not on the mailing list at the moment. And I’ve got an idea that perhaps I’m not quite as politically correct enough to survive in it anymore. 

“And that’s for a number of reasons, adding to which Sallah is no longer a believable character given the history of the Arab world and the West since we did the first one.”

Indiana Jones 5 hits cinemas on July 28, 2022.

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F4F Reveals Banjo-Kazooie Mumbo Jumbo And Crocodile Banjo Statue

Update [Wed 12th May, 2021 04:55 BST]: Following on from last week’s teaser, First 4 Figures has now officially revealed its Mumbo Jumbo statue and a Crocodile Banjo one. Pre-orders are now live on the official F4F website.

The Mumbo Jumbo statue will be available as a standard and exclusive edition. Crocodile Banjo can be purchased by himself or in a combo with Mumbo Jumbo. Here’s the full rundown, including the current early bird sale price which ends on 26th May:

BANJO-KAZOOIE – MUMBO JUMBO (STANDARD EDITION) – USD $ 582.99 (early bird price: $ 533.49)

Mumbo Jumbo is often found seated on his chair inside the Mumbo Skull hut, waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to arrive so that he can perform his mighty Mumbo Magic on them.

The shaman uses his Zap Stick to perform his transformation magic on the bear and bird duo and, in turn, asks for Mumbo Tokens in exchange for his services. And since the inspiration for this statue is how Mumbo appears inside the hut, it’s only fitting that the base Mumbo is mounted on is his actual chair!

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BANJO-KAZOOIE™ – MUMBO JUMBO (EXCLUSIVE EDITION) – USD $ 582.99 (early bird price $ 533.49)

For the Exclusive Edition of this statue, since Mumbo Jumbo is always on higher ground compared to Banjo-Kazooie when visiting his hut, we decided to include an additional pair of downward-looking eyes for Mumbo, giving collectors even more options to display their shaman! And not only that, the eyes of Mumbo’s Zap Stick now comes with LED functionality as well!

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BANJO-KAZOOIE™ – CROCODILE BANJO – USD $ 274.99 (early bird price $ 247.49)

One of the many transformations that Banjo-Kazooie undergoes in the original game is turning into a crocodile in the Bubblegloop Swamp level, which will allow Banjo-Kazooie to swim in the piranha-infested waters and challenge Mr. Vile in his mini-game.

The base Crocodile Banjo is mounted on replicates the skull button that Banjo-Kazooie has to step on for Mumbo to perform his transformation magic on the duo.

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BANJO-KAZOOIE™ – MUMBO JUMBO & CROCODILE BANJO (COMBO EDITION) – USD $ 769.99 (early bird price $ 714.99)

The Combo Edition combines all the Mumbo Jumbo (Exclusive Edition) and Crocodile Banjo inclusions in one complete package! Now you can recreate an entire transformation scene as seen in the original Banjo-Kazooie game!

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Original article [Thu 6th May, 2021 03:55 BST]: If you’re an old Rare fan, you might be interested in the next First 4 Figures statue which draws from the Banjo-Kazooie series.

Presenting the Mumbo Jumbo statue – based on the same character from the Nintendo 64 classic, who would transform Banjo and Kazooie into many different forms and was also a playable character in Banjo-Tooie.

“We are ecstatic to be bringing Mumbo Jumbo to life in resin statue form! What an honor and privilege it has been working on this iconic character–fans are going to absolutely love the full reveal next week!”

To celebrate the reveal of the Mumbo Jumbo statue, F4F will be broadcasting a launch stream on 11th May where it will share more details about this upcoming release – including price details, availability, and the estimated release date.

Would you be interested in a giant Mumbo Jumbo statue? Leave a comment down below.

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First 4 Figures Is Releasing A Banjo-Kazooie Mumbo Jumbo Statue

Mumbo Jumbo F4F

If you’re an old Rare fan, you might be interested in the next First 4 Figures statue which draws from the Banjo-Kazooie series.

Presenting the Mumbo Jumbo statue – based on the same character from the Nintendo 64 classic, who would transform Banjo and Kazooie into many different forms and was also a playable character in Banjo-Tooie.

“We are ecstatic to be bringing Mumbo Jumbo to life in resin statue form! What an honor and privilege it has been working on this iconic character–fans are going to absolutely love the full reveal next week!”

To celebrate the reveal of the Mumbo Jumbo statue, F4F will be broadcasting a launch stream on 11th May where it will share more details about this upcoming release – including price details, availability, and the estimated release date.

Would you be interested in a giant Mumbo Jumbo statue? Leave a comment down below.

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