Prince William reportedly wants to meet Prince Harry before they meet publicly this summer.
The siblings are expected to stand shoulder to shoulder for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned in honor of their late mother, Princess Diana. It is scheduled to be unveiled at Kensington Palace on July 1, which would have been his 60th birthday.
Harry, 36, who currently resides in California, is expected to attend. On Thursday, a source told Us Weekly that 38-year-old William hopes the two can meet before the public appearance, which will be scrutinized by British tabloids.
“Harry has so much work in his life and he’s busy planning the arrival of [his] daughter who is trying not to think too much about the consequences that may arise upon her return to the UK, “the source told the outlet.
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“All eyes will be on them in the performance, critics will analyze their every move and how they interact with each other,” the source continued. “[William] he does not believe that it is feasible for them to meet in the public eye without showing signs of tension if they do not resolve their differences beforehand. “
According to the outlet, the brothers initially commissioned the statue in 2017 “to mark the 20th anniversary of his death and recognize its positive impact in the UK and around the world.” After some delays, the British princes modified their plans to commemorate their mother’s birthday.
Diana passed away in 1997 at the age of 36 from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Paris.
“The statue is to reflect Diana’s legacy, not her enmity, and William wants it to remain that way,” the source alleged.
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The source also claimed that communication between the brothers has been “poor.” Despite their strained relationship, William has reportedly kept the lines of communication open, especially when it comes to discussions about his mother’s statue.
On March 7, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave Oprah Winfrey an explosive interview that has been viewed by nearly 50 million people around the world.
During the two-hour special, Harry revealed that his relationships with his father, Prince Charles, 72, as well as his older brother, have been broken.
William is second in line to the throne after Carlos.
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Meghan Markle, 39, described feeling so isolated and miserable within the royal family that she had suicidal thoughts. The Duchess of Sussex also alleged that a member of the royal family had “concerns” about the skin color of her unborn child.
The family member was neither Queen Elizabeth II, 94, nor Prince Philip, 99, according to Harry, prompting a flurry of speculation about who it might be.
Harry told the 67-year-old media mogul that the royal family cut him financially in early 2020 after announcing plans to retire from their roles. But she was able to pay for her family’s security thanks to the money Diana left behind.
Harry expressed his disgust at the restrictions placed on members of the royal family, which influenced his decision to retire from his duties as a high ranking member.
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“My father and my brother are all trapped,” he said. “They can’t leave. And I have great compassion for that.”
After the interview aired, William became the first British royal to speak out about allegations of bigotry made by his brother and sister-in-law.
While visiting an East London school with his wife Kate Middleton, William told reporters who confronted him: “We are not a racist family.”
After Harry and Markle tied the knot in May 2018 at Windsor Castle, the royal family seemed to welcome the Duchess of Sussex, a glamorous former TV star. The couple was seen as providing a young and fresh face to the monarchy of an increasingly multicultural nation.
It didn’t take long for the fairy tale to unravel.
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The couple departed from royal duties last year and eventually settled in California, saying they wanted to escape racist coverage and unwanted intrusions on their privacy by the British media.
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess shared that they are expecting a girl for this summer.
Harry acknowledged to Winfrey that he and his brother are on “different paths.”
“I love William to pieces,” Harry explained. “He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. But we’re going different ways.”
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While Harry described his relationship with William as “space”, the prince emphasized that it will “always be there” for him.
Associated Press contributed to this report.