Prince William did not want to unveil Diana statue with Harry, but Kate played 'peacemaker'
In July 2021, Prince William and Prince Harry reunited for the unveiling of Princess Diana's bronze statue in Sunken Garden, Kensington Palace. Sources, however, claim now that "furious" William didn't want to attend Princess Diana's statue unveiling with Harry. It was Kate Middleton who had to step in as William had taken the view that he could only "give so much" to his brother.
The insider told The Sunday Times that the Duke of Cambridge set aside his personal differences with the Duke of Sussex due to efforts of Kate Middleton. Kate "was amazing behind the scenes when Harry came" and acted as a peacemaker, said one aide while another added that, William "has had a year from hell and she has been fantastic in supporting him."
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Before Diana's statue unveiling, the brothers hhadave barely spoken to each other and seemed to have an 'incredibly strained' relationship. At the event, Harry was greeted not by William but by James Holt, a former press officer at Kensington Palace who defected sides to Harry and now, looks after the Archewell Foundation. The sources told The Sunday Times that they had hoped that Diana's statue unveiling would bring the brothers together.
Te brothers issued a rare joint statement saying, "Today, on what would have been our mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character - qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better. Every day, we wish she was still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."
Judi James, body language expert, told The Sun that the brothers' body language at the event indicated that they were prioritizing their roles as Diana's sons over their roles as brothers. "Emerging side by side, their smiles did appear slightly overworked at first but one very telling trait was how their body language was mirrored. This kind of mimicry suggests strong subliminal bonds, hinting that old ties still bind them despite their current rifts," James said.
The discord between the brothers is a result of Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, where Meghan Markle claimed Kate made her cry before she married Prince Harry apart from saying there was 'concern' over Archie's skin color among royal family members. Meghan also claimed that she felt lonely and suicidal while she was pregnant in London.
Sources have previously claimed how Kate has been 'really, really upset' about the royal family's estrangement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Speaking to People magazine, insiders claimed the duchess said: "Everything with Harry and Meghan has been hugely stressful, but if anything, it's pulled [her and William] closer together."
Gary Goldsmith, 56, brother to Kate's mother Carole, described the duchess as a 'brilliant arbiter and peacemaker' and insisted she was doing everything she could to make things right between her husband and his brother. Even during Prince Philip's funeral, Kate was the first member of the family to be seen chatting with Prince Harry and was even seen holding back in a bid to reunite Harry with his brother.
After Harry claimed that he had been "let down" by Prince Charles in the interview with Oprah Winfrey, he has addressed his relationship with his father in several interviews throughout last year. Royal expert Camilla Tominey reported that a source claimed that Prince Charles was deeply affected by the reported fall out with Prince Harry and that it had been 'really hard for him.'