As Princes Harry and William prepare to face each other again amid their ongoing feud, royal sources have weighed in on how the brothers are expected to appear to the public.
The two royals will reunite in the gardens of Kensington Palace in a few hours to unveil a statue of their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday. Harry and William have been working together on the statue project since 2017.
According to royal reporter and close friend of the Sussexes Omid Scobie, they will “keep things professional” during the event, while another unnamed source told the Daily Mail they have actually been texting since Harry’s arrival.
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Prince Harry touched down solo in the UK last Friday. The 36-year-old made his first public appearance at the WellChild Awards in London yesterday following his five-day quarantine stint at Frogmore Cottage.
We are yet to see Harry and William together, with Omid Scobie downplaying what is likely to be a tense reunion after Harry’s recent bombshell interviews.
It comes after reports the two argued after the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip, the last time Harry was in London in April.
“What we will see is two brothers being professional in a moment that is not about them,” Scobie said today.
“This is going to be a moment we see them put everything to one side. We will just see professionalism and nothing else.”
Other signs between the brothers have reportedly been more positive.
According to the Daily Mail, sources close to their uncle, Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, have said there is hope the emotional day may bring them together again, even organising to meet privately after the ceremony.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ shocking departure from royal life triggered 18 months of frostiness between the brothers, with Harry opening up about their rocky relationship in several interviews.
At Prince Philip’s funeral, they looked far from mending their fractured bond, but it could be set to shift after today, with the Daily Mail quoting an unnamed source who said they have been in contact.
The source claims the sport-loving princes texted in celebration of England’s win over Germany in the UEFA EURO 2020.
“It is still far from good between them,” the source explained.
“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.”
According to Robert Lacey, the author of Battle of Brothers, Prince Harry is prepared to admit his “sheer temper” played a part in his rift with William and Kate.
Harry’s visit marks the first time he has returned home since blasting the Royal Family on his mental health TV show, accusing them of “neglect”.
He also slammed Prince Charles and his childhood by claiming he moved his family to the US to “break the cycle of pain”.
While today’s private affair will not be televised, The Sun is running a live stream outside Kensington Palace for the entirety of the event to catch a glimpse of the brothers together.
We will be following the ceremony live right here from 11pm.
Originally published as Rare positive sign for feuding royals