Worst Diana statue ever? Fivemetre monstrosity to hit Trafalgar Square for anniversary


The five-metre tall memorial to the Princess of Wales, on horseback with her skirt riding up her leg, is planned for the famous fourth plinth where it is set to discomfit and baffle – thousands of tourists and visitors every day.

The memorial features a strange portrayal of the late Princess riding a horse and carrying a mirror. 

A small model of the statue shows the People’s Princess sat atop the horse in an ungainly fashion, with her skirt riding up her leg. 

While the final design may change, the current model is not likely to inspire the public to donate the £430,000 worth of public funds needed to complete the project. 

The plans have emerged just months after Prince Harry said he and brother William wanted to create “something that is going to last forever” to commemorate their mother”s death.

It is thought the work will be the first piece of art of the Princess mounted on a horse. Usually only male heads of state, generals and emperors are commemorated with mounted sculptures.

There are just 36 statues of women on horses in the world and sculptor Dutchman Poul R. Weile wants to break the mould for Princess Di.

Mr Weile added the concept was “complicated” but said he hoped his work will represent an “active, proud, and confident woman” who is “at ease with herself, aware of her own strength and importance; a woman burning for her cause”.

The Berlin-based artist said: “I only want to put something into the world that can make people happy and make them think about who we are and what we do in this short time we are here.

“This sculpture is a monument for society, who at the moment feel lost and who have also lost their confidence in democracy, society, and in people”s goodness.

“The equestrian statue of Princess Diana honours a woman who, through her active efforts, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of many challenged and underprivileged people around the world.

“It”s a very complicated piece of work and it has many interpretations that you could put on it.

“I”m trying to let the work open this door of interpretation for people, so that you can put yourself in it.”

Princess Diana was just 36 when she died in the horrific car crash in Paris in 1997.

She was renowned for her pioneering charity work and was an active board member of around 160 charities.