The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, will stand shoulder to shoulder on Thursday for the unveiling of Diana’s statue to mark what would’ve been her 60th birthday.
Prince Harry and Prince William will have a ‘private meeting’ after the statue of their late mother Princess Diana is unveiled as reports of a rift between the brothers rages on, sources claim.
But behind the scenes the brothers have been separated by a rift that began in March 2019 when William reportedly threw Harry and Meghan out of Kensington Palace over the alleged bullying of staff, a royal historian has said.
In a sign that William and Harry might be willing to settle their differences, sources claim they will hold a private meeting after the tribute – dubbed an ‘informal’ and ‘beautiful’ memorial – is unveiled, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Prince Harry arrived in the UK on Friday and is staying at Frogmore Cottage where he must self isolate for five days at which point he may be allowed to leave isolation if he tests negative.
It was today claimed he arrived early to attend a charity event as a ‘surprise guest’, with organizers moving ‘Heaven and Earth’ to have him be there, The Sun reports.
Thursday’s statue ceremony in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace – where Diana lived, and which is now home to William and his family – will be a small event.
William and Harry, Diana’s close family and the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley are among the few attending.
The brothers – who last met in person at Prince Philip’s funeral – are understood to have spent ‘weeks’ working out where to place the statue in the palace.
No details of the statue have been revealed ahead of time, but it is understood to show Diana’s youthful and playful character.
Today, a royal historian claimed that Harry is ready to admit he’s made mistakes out of ‘sheer temper’ since quitting as a frontline royal but Meghan is ‘sticking to her guns’ and William believes he’s done nothing wrong.
Claims of a rift between the brothers – which ended with the Sussexes breaking up their joint foundation and setting up a new office at Buckingham Palace – emerged in Robert Lacey’s book Battle of Brothers.
It was published before Harry and Meghan went on Oprah to accuse the Royal Family of racism and claim they were abandoned when the Duchess of Sussex was suicidal and six months pregnant.
Speaking to Newsweek Mr Lacey said he believes that Harry is the only one who may be ready to admit mistakes and contrition for his behaviour over the past two years – but claims it may not be reciprocated because William and Kate may feel ‘vindicated’ in having doubts about Harry’s relationship.
He said: ‘On one side we’ve got William who doesn’t seem prepared to concede anything and on the other side friends have told me that Harry wouldn’t mind reconciling and then it’s Meghan who is sticking to her guns on this issue. Read more: daily mail
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