The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Duke of Sussex , 36, will stand shoulder to shoulder on Thursday for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue in London as their rift rumbles on.
Prince 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 Prince William believes he’s done nothing wrong, a royal historian claimed today.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, will stand shoulder to shoulder on Thursday for the unveiling of Princess Diana‘s statue to mark what would’ve been their late mother’s 60th birthday.
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, with the Sussexes breaking up their joint foundation and setting up a new office at Buckingham Palace.
The claims emerged in Robert Lacey‘s book Battle of Brothers, 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 behavior 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.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Duke of Sussex , 36, will stand shoulder to shoulder on Thursday for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue to mark what would’ve been their late mother’s 60th birthday
“It should surely be possible for both sides to say the past is in the past. It’s very regrettable that Meghan doesn’t withdraw just a little. Why can’t she say it was the pressure? “I was getting used to this incredibly complicated system, I was just pregnant, I couldn’t sleep”….”Perhaps in retrospect I went over the top about it”.’
Mr Lacey spoke out as it was claimed William and Harry will not heal their rift this week while the Duke is ‘so under the thumb’ of his wife.
He told Newsweek: “Harry is prepared to acknowledge the role that just sheer temper played at unfortunate moments—notably in the so-called blindsiding early in 2020. He actually is prepared to admit, in a way that William doesn’t seem to be’.
But Mr Lacey said he believes there is a way of ‘moving forward’, adding: ‘It’s not as if Meghan’s employing any royal staff anymore, she’s living in a different country. It’s not a live issue so it would be good, it seems to me, if she could find a way of putting it to bed’.
According to biographer Hugo Vickers, any attempts of a reunion in London could result in Prince Harry having to answer for it when he returns to his wife in their £11million mansion in Montecito, California.
‘I don’t know what they can do under the present circumstances,’ he said, speaking to The Express about the possibility of the pair mending their relationship. ‘Harry has got to wake up to what’s going on. It’s a very unpleasant situation and I don’t think it’s going to be the right moment this week.
‘Harry is so under the thumb of Meghan it is not really possible until he emerges from that.’
During the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured), Prince Harry referred to his relationship with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit
The royal biographer, who doesn’t think Prince Charles will intervene, went on to say that the brothers could speak via videolink or phone but claimed neither Harry or his wife Meghan Markle wanted to.
‘He has thrown in his lot with his wife,’ said Hugo. ‘That’s it, isn’t it? Slagging off his family didn’t help anybody. It’s a dreadful situation.’
He continued: ‘You’ve got to remember that Harry has to return to his wife in Los Angeles. If he starts reconciling, he will get his head bitten off, won’t he?’
The royal expert also went on to say how the tension between the brothers is likely to steal the limelight from the poignant event – adding that ‘everyone will be focusing on’ the two boys being together.
It will mark the first time Harry has both travelled to Britain and spent time with his brother since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at Windsor Castle on April 17.
His wife Meghan Markle has remained at their £11million mansion in Montecito with two-year-old Archie and their second child, Lilibet Diana, who was born 21 days ago at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The reunion comes in the aftermath of Harry and Meghan Markle‘s explosive two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in March, where the royal made reference to his relation with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit.
Prince Harry told the talk show host: ‘As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. ‘We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.
It came as the Duke of Sussex made his first official appearance since landing in the UK last week in a surprise speech at the virtual Diana Award ceremony.
The Diana Award is a charity set up to reflect the Princess of Wales‘ belief that young people have the power to change the world with the 2021 ceremony coming in what would have been the princess’s 60th birthday.
The charity runs anti-bullying and mentoring programmes and recognises young people’s inspirational work.
In a pre-recorded video, the Duke said: ‘I’d like to start by acknowledging and celebrating the incredible young people joining us today. And wherever you are right now, I want to thank you for being part of this important moment and for being such a valuable asset to your community.
‘I’m truly honoured to be celebrating your work, your commitment to change making and the vital role that you’ve taken on representing a new generation of humanitarianism.’
Prince Harry landed in the UK on Friday ahead of the unveiling of a statue of his mother Diana the Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace this Thursday.
The Duke is expected to put aside his differences with brother William to attend the unveiling ceremony at the palace together. Read more: daily mail
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