Princes William and Harry reunite at unveiling of statue of their late mother, Princess Diana

Princes William and Harry have reunited at Kensington Palace to unveil a statue of their late mother Princess Diana, saying they wish every day "she was still with us".

The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex came together for the ceremony in the palace's Sunken Garden on Thursday - what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday.

BBC News reports it was the brothers' first appearance together since Prince Phillip's funeral in April.

The pair have gone "on different paths" according to Harry, and speculation over an estrangement between them has been consistently revisited in the media for several years.

The statue is in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
The statue is in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. Photo credit: Reuters

Since Harry married Meghan Markle the brothers have split their joint Royal Foundation, and are living on separate continents.

Meghan and Harry have been candid about their difficulties with the royal family, accusing it of racism and failing to provide the Duchess of Sussex with assistance when she was suicidal.

Neither Harry nor William spoke publicly at the event, but stood quietly to admire the bronze sculpture of their mother.

In a joint statement the brothers paid tribute to their mother, saying they both remember her "love, strength and character".

"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."

Kensington Palace said in a statement the statue represents the impact Diana had on the public.

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

Other attendees at the event included Diana's two sisters and brother, and the statue's sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.