Prince Harry heads to emotional reunion with William at Diana statue memorial
PRINCE Harry has arrived at Kensington Palace to meet Prince William for an emotional reunion as the brothers unveil a statue for Princess Diana.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, was pictured leaving Windsor Castle in the back of a Land Rover this afternoon ahead of the poignant ceremony.
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It will be the first time he's seen brother Prince William face-to-face since Prince Philip's funeral in April.
Meanwhile, Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer and sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes have arrived at Kensington Palace on foot.
The trio walked through the crowds, stopping for a moment to look at tributes to their sister.
Today's event will be small, with just a handful of guests.
And Harry's pal Omid Scobie says the Duke and William will show "professionalism and nothing more" at the emotionally-charged reunion.
It comes as:
- William and Harry ‘swapped texts about the Euros’ but ‘relations are still strained’ ahead of the ceremony, sources say
- An expert claims Harry felt ‘silenced’ by his father after the inquest into Diana’s death
- The Duke of Sussex surprised poorly children at the WellChild Awards yesterday
- And he said baby Lilibet is ‘very chilled’ while Archie is ‘running around like crazy’
- It’s thought he and his older brother may hash it out behind closed doors today before he returns to the US
Although the brothers have messaged each other about England's historic win over Germany in Euro 2020, Mr Scobie – the co-author of Finding Freedom – says a public reconciliation is hugely unlikely.
He told BBC Breakfast: "I think what we will see is two brothers extremely professional in a moment that's not about them at all."
However, he said the world will "see them put everything to one side" for the poignant day.
"Maybe, for us that are watching, we're curious to see how they will be by their side with each other, but I think we will just see professionalism and nothing else."
But he said the day will be a reminder to William and Harry that they were once very close.
"Despite the distances between the two brothers today, it's a project that started with the two of them very much in communication with each other, working side by side, and I think today will be a reminder of that moment as they finally unveil this statue to the world," he said.
Harry and William have been working together on the project since 2017.
But despite today's ceremony marking the culmination of years of work, it's understood the pair are barely speaking, while their relationship is "incredibly strained".
Experts say today will be hugely important for their future relationship with one another.
Sources close to their uncle Earl Spencer, who will attend today's unveiling, say the family hope they will be brought together as they remember their mother.
And speaking on Good Morning Britain, Kate Garraway said: “You’d be hoping they would both be thinking how upset Diana would be that there was a falling out between them and that might be just the trigger to start a conversation that gets things back on track.”
ITV's royal editor Chris Ship, who was on this morning's show, replied: “I think a lot of people watching this, a lot of people who have been saddened by the fall-out between these two brothers who were once so very close, would hope today could be a trigger, a moment for them to start talking again.”
Meanwhile, Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said if the feud doesn’t end today, perhaps it never will.
“If this poignant day doesn’t do it, nothing will,” he said.
“If they stand in front of their mother’s image and think what she would have wanted, they will know the answer.”
And talkRADIO’s royal correspondent Rupert Bell told the station: “Maybe this statue is going to be a catalyst so the two brothers can actually hold a sensible conversation about life in general and remembering their mother.”
The brothers have started messaging each other about the football – but tensions remain, according to reports.
"It is still far from good between them," a source said.
"But there has apparently been an exchange of messages, particularly about the football, which is a step in the right direction, if only to do honour to their mother."
Meanwhile, royal insiders told the Mail that Harry has been told how much the royals hope to see his two-year-old son Archie again.
It is believed the Cambridges have seen Archie only once or twice since he was born.
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Mr Bell said: "William and Kate want to see their nephew and niece, and all the other members of the family.
"But at the moment, Harry and Meghan are cut off, adrift, admittedly because of their own doing – they have chosen this.
"It's for them to come forward and offer an olive branch to the Royal Family, and this may be the time to do it."
Tension reportedly first simmered between the brothers when Wills allegedly warned his younger brother against moving too fast with Meghan Markle.
But matters worsened when Jason Knauf, who worked in communications for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes, submitted an official email in October 2018 alleging Meghan Markle had bullied staff.
Meghan fiercely denies the claims – and a spokesperson for her and Harry said she was the victim of a calculated smear campaign.
However William was said to be furious at the allegations – and eventually tensions grew so unbearable he split the Sussex and Cambridge households.
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