Kate Middleton "really wanted to attend" the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana, a source claims.
The unveiling of Diana's statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, believed to be the late Princess of Wales' favourite spot at her London residence, took place on Thursday with brothers Prince William and Prince Harry putting aside their differences during the emotional ceremony.
The Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly devastated not to be part of the memorable occasion, but stayed at home "out of respect for Harry and William", it is claimed.
A source told Us Weekly: "Out of respect for Harry and William, [the Royal Family] wanted it to be just about Diana's sons and not a huge public affair.
"Kate was definitely supporting William while physically not being there and really wanted to attend, but the family as a whole decided it was best for the kids and her to stay home.”
The decision was supposedly made "a few weeks ago", when the royals were drawing up the final, reduced guestlist with the current Covid-19 restrictions in mind.
The publication claimed "Kate watched from afar" with her three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.
Writing in The Telegraph before the statue unveiling, royal commentator Camilla Tominey claimed: "Aides had agonised over whether Kate, 39, should attend Thursday’s engagement but she will not be present.
"While William, 39, always wanted his wife of 10 years to be by his side, there were concerns that Harry might feel ‘outflanked’ by the Cambridges if they were there together and he was on his own."
Harry’s wife Meghan Markle was not able to attend the event because she gave birth less than four weeks ago to Lilibet Diana.
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The Sussexes are all based in California, meaning she would have had to make a trans-Atlantic flight before going into quarantine in the UK, like Harry did.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Stewart Pearce — Diana’s friend and private voice coach — explained how he thought Kate would be the peacemaker in the brothers’ fallout.
He explained: "She is a peacemaker.
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"She loves harmony and balance. Look at the way she looks.
"Everything is in absolute balance, everything is always so precise.
"Of course, if she saw those two boys, who she knows have a very close bond, exploring challenges, I am sure she would step in and try to be the peacemaker.
"But I feel all these emotions have been completely blown out of proportion.
"Royal brothers are not supposed to argue? Oh, come on, let's get real!"
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The royal brothers made no speeches during the ceremony but later said in a joint 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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