This summer, a statue of Princess Diana will be unveiled at Kensington Palace. There was some hope that Prince William and Prince Harry would be able to up their differences aside and demonstrate a united front for the event. But more and more reports indicate, that’s highly unlikely.
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, but her legacy lives on in her two sons and now her grandchildren. To honor their mother, on what would have been her 60th birthday, the two princes decided to commission a statue of her that would sit in Kensington Palace gardens. It’s been a long-term project that had some hiccups along the way.
None more damaging that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to abandon the royal family last year, which has become known as Megxit.
After Harry and his wife gave an unflattering and rather damaging interview about the royal family and their “truth” on Orpah, the already bad relationship between the brothers soured further.
At her statue unveiling, it’s now come to light that the feuding princes will provide their own addresses about their mother and her legacy.
As reported by The Sun, a source said, “The brothers will be physically together for the ceremony but want to make their own personal addresses.
“You might have thought they’d go for a joint statement and speech but that’s not the case. Each has insisted on preparing their own.
“It is a big concern that their body language will suggest all is not well and they won’t present a united front.”
No doubt that much like the recent funeral of Prince Philip, the interactions between the brothers will consume the majority of the press’ attention.
The two were shown on camera having a brief conversation, while some believed that this was a sign that the two were “mending” their factured relationship, this publication argued that instead the brothers were more likely just speaking about the service and the weather. As funerals can result in complex emotions, it’s unlikely that the two would choose the walk back from the chapel to discuss whether racist comments were made or if it was Meghan or Catherine who cried at a bridesmaid fitting.
Royal reporter Tom Bradby recently stated that the brothers, who were once exceptionally close, have been arguing for about a “year and a half.” At this point, it’s unlikely to change as Meghan and Harry continue to push their increasingly political agenda.
Speaking of Meghan, it would also be interesting to see how the wives would interact at the event, but that showdown is even more unlikely. Meghan is due to give birth sometime this summer and many have expressed concerns that she would be booed by the British public.
But a different source insists, “She feels this is William and Harry’s event and would not want to overshadow them.”
It’s sad to see two brothers, who were at one time very close, so distant. Some still doubt Prince Harry will even show up for the unveiling due to his public feud against his brother and entire family. However, this divide will likely remain as long as Meghan remains in the picture.
Picture from Newsweek.