Prince Harry spotted driving from palace 20 minutes after Diana event

Prince Harry had a quick drink with brother Prince William after the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue, it has been claimed.

The Duke of Sussex, who has been at odds with the Royal Family since quitting his duties last year, is said to have stayed for a "polite" glass of champagne with his sibling after the ceremony at Kensington Palace yesterday.

However, he is thought to have spent just 20 minutes mingling with those who attended the event as he was spotted leaving in a chauffeur-driven car at 3.05pm.

Harry and Wills put on a rare – and brief – united front during the unveiling of the highly-anticipated statue in the palace's "Sunken Garden" to mark their late mum's 60th birthday.

As the pair walked in, William told Harry: "Great isn’t it, amazing little place," The Sun reports.

But there were no speeches before the curtain was drawn.

Despite the family tension, the unveiling at her former home was "very moving and dignified," according to those who attended the "private" gathering.

After the ceremony, which ended at 2.45pm, the brothers issued an equally rare joint statement, saying: "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 for ever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."

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The monument was originally meant to have been unveiled almost four years ago – largely due to the growing animosity between the now-estranged siblings – but the ceremony reportedly went off without a hitch.

Harry was even said to have been laughing and joking before the event, while William is thought to have been in a more serious mood.

The top secret design of the statue was based on the Diana's official Christmas card in 1983 – her first since splitting from Prince Charles.

The card depicts her smiling at her two sons, while wearing an open ribbed shirt, skirt and belt.

However, the bronze monument features the princess surrounded by three children. Two are not wearing shoes, while one seems to have short afro hair.

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The palace said "it represents the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work."

Speaking after the event, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley said: "I think that their mother is there in a real physical sense, perhaps in the evening when the grounds are shut they could easily come here for a moment of quiet reflection and I hope that will give them some sort of comfort or solace."

He added: "Uppermost in my mind was to do something for the princes, the princess was a very public figure and in many respects an icon but she was somebody's mother. So I paid the greatest heed to both princes in what they had to say.

"And in many ways it was a collaborative effort, they made a huge contribution, in many ways I could say the sculpture belongs to them as well – they helped make it."

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