The statue to Princess Diana has been brutally mocked by a royal expert for supposedly looking like actor Sean Bean.
Prince Harry and Prince William made a rare public appearance together on Thursday (July 1) to unveil the bronze statue of their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, the memorial was kept secret ahead of the ceremony at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace – shown by Harry’s stunned reaction after first seeing it.
It showed Diana’s hands placed on the shoulders of two children while another is situated behind her.
But, according to the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden, the portrait of the People’s Princess failed to hit the market.
He told Palace Confidential that it is “difficult to portray beautiful people”.
“From the images I’ve seen, I’m afraid to say I just didn’t think it was very good at all,” he added.
“She looks very manly and to me she looked remarkably like the actor Sean Bean.
“I thought it was a bit of a cop out to have the children as well, it almost made it beyond criticism by having some sweet children around her.”
Richard isn’t the only person to have slammed the Diana statue.
Lorraine Kelly said on her ITV daytime show this week that she was disappointed by the outfit Diana was depicted in.
“I just don't think it does her justice, I know there's good intentions but,” she added.
But Robert Lacey, who wrote Battle of the Brothers which charts Harry and William’s alleged feud, was in disagreement.
He also joined Palace Confidential and said: “It had to have a message didn’t it? So what else are you going to have? Are you going to have a mine detector or something?
“I thought it was great. I was moved by it.”
Harry and William put on a united front at the unveiling but a lip reader has since revealed to Daily Star a warning the Duke of Cambridge gave his brother at the ceremony.
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