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BBC Radio 4’s official Twitter account has liked a comment saying the new Princess Diana statue is ‘hideous’.

It reacted to a tweet from documentary producer Neil Crombie which featured a picture of the bronze image of the Princess of Wales with the caption: ‘I’m sorry but this is hideous.’

Mr Crombie – who has won two BAFA awards for his work – went on to add: ‘Simon le Bon turns transvestite in a bid to save developing world children from peril.’ Radio 4’s twitter account did not like the second tweet.

A BBC spokesperson said it was ‘an accident’ and stressed they have since deleted the like.

BBC Radio 4's official Twitter account has liked a comment saying the new Princess Diana statue is 'hideous'

BBC Radio 4's official Twitter account has liked a comment saying the new Princess Diana statue is 'hideous'

BBC Radio 4’s official Twitter account has liked a comment saying the new Princess Diana statue is ‘hideous’

Documentary producer Neil Crombie went on to add: 'Simon le Bon turns transvestite in a bid to save developing world children from peril.' Radio 4's twitter account did not like the second tweet

Documentary producer Neil Crombie went on to add: 'Simon le Bon turns transvestite in a bid to save developing world children from peril.' Radio 4's twitter account did not like the second tweet

Documentary producer Neil Crombie went on to add: ‘Simon le Bon turns transvestite in a bid to save developing world children from peril.’ Radio 4’s twitter account did not like the second tweet

A BBC spokesperson said it was ‘an accident’ and stressed they have since deleted the like (Radio 4’s account in the ‘liked by’ section)

BBC Radio 4’s official Twitter account has liked a comment saying the new Princess Diana statue (pictured) is ‘hideous’ 

Princes Harry and William today unveiled the statue in the remodelled Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, a place of solace and safety for their mother before she died in 1997.

The statue made by Ian Rank-Broadley shows Diana with her arms around two children with another little boy following behind.

Its design was top secret and appears to be inspired by Diana’s official 1993 Christmas card – her first sent without Prince Charles – where she wears the same open ribbed shirt, skirt and belt as she smiles lovingly at her two sons. 

But rather than depict her with her sons as she appeared in the card, she is posed with three children - two of whom aren't wearing shoes. The palace said 'it represents the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work'

But rather than depict her with her sons as she appeared in the card, she is posed with three children - two of whom aren't wearing shoes. The palace said 'it represents the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work'

But rather than depict her with her sons as she appeared in the card, she is posed with three children – two of whom aren’t wearing shoes. The palace said ‘it represents the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work’

It appears to be inspired by Diana's official 1993 Christmas card - her first sent without Prince Charles - where she wears the same outfit open shirt and skirt as she smiles lovingly at her two sons

It appears to be inspired by Diana's official 1993 Christmas card - her first sent without Prince Charles - where she wears the same outfit open shirt and skirt as she smiles lovingly at her two sons

It appears to be inspired by Diana’s official 1993 Christmas card – her first sent without Prince Charles – where she wears the same outfit open shirt and skirt as she smiles lovingly at her two sons 

The statue of Princess Diana was created by renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley (pictured), whose image of the Queen has appeared on all coins in the UK and Commonwealth since 1998

The statue of Princess Diana was created by renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley (pictured), whose image of the Queen has appeared on all coins in the UK and Commonwealth since 1998

The statue of Princess Diana was created by renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley (pictured), whose image of the Queen has appeared on all coins in the UK and Commonwealth since 1998

But rather than depict her with her boys as she appeared in the card, she is posed with three children – two of whom are not wearing shoes. 

One of the boys appears to have short afro-style hair. The palace said ‘it represents the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work.’ 

Commenting on the liked tweet, a BBC spokesperson said: ‘This was an accident and shouldn’t have been liked. It’s now been deleted.’

Prince Charles was not present at today’s unveiling ceremony, which was changed to a ‘private event’ instead of the large celebration to mark Diana’s life as originally intended. 

The move to scale back the unveiling was largely due to bad blood between the brothers and Harry’s determination to control media coverage – and was only broadcast after it was over and the Duke of Sussex was leaving.

In a joint statement The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex released this afternoon, the brothers said: ‘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.’

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Duke of Sussex look at a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales

The brothers smiled as at the same time they pulled away the green cover to reveal the bronze sculpture by Ian Rank-Broadley

The brothers smiled as at the same time they pulled away the green cover to reveal the bronze sculpture by Ian Rank-Broadley

The brothers smiled as at the same time they pulled away the green cover to reveal the bronze sculpture by Ian Rank-Broadley

They added: ‘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. 

‘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.’ 

Harry smiled as he and William talked awkwardly while walking towards the Sunken Garden before turning their backs to the cameras and together pulling at a large green cloth to reveal the statue.

Harry looked to be in good spirits as he called over to family members from his mother's side at the statue unveiling

Harry looked to be in good spirits as he called over to family members from his mother's side at the statue unveiling

Harry was seen speaking to family members

Harry was seen speaking to family members

Harry looked to be in good spirits as he called over to family members from his mother’s side at the statue unveiling 

The animated Duke of Sussex had clapped his hands with excitement and was seen joking around with his uncle Earl Spencer and Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, greeting both his aunts with big kisses.

And at one point Harry yelled across the garden with his hands cupped around his mouth and laughed uproariously as he larked around – but William appeared far more serious throughout the short ceremony after 18 months of barely talking to his younger sibling since he emigrated.

Harry then made a sharp exit – leaving Kensington Palace after just 90 minutes – despite arriving just 15 minutes before the ceremony began. 

It is not known if he was heading back to Frogmore Cottage, where he may be meeting his grandmother the Queen who has just returned to Windsor for the annual horse show after a tour of Scotland. 

Or he could be heading to Heathrow this evening to jet back to LA to be with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet. There are also rumours of a ‘lads’ lunch’ organised with former school and Army friends.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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