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‘Defensive’ Prince Harry kept distance from William for most of brief London reunion

Harry and William: Commentator discusses brothers’ reunion

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Prince Harry looked “defensive” whilst attending the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue, according to royal commentator Hugh Whitfield. The Duke of Sussex joined his brother Prince William at Kensington Palace for the ceremony, however he kept his distance and left shortly after the ceremony concluded. 

Hugh Whitfield said: “Commentators here in London said that Harry looked a little bit defensive, that William appeared to be playing very much the big brother.

“There was certainly more time during this very short ceremony where they were apart as opposed to those short periods when they were together.

“The focus was very much on Diana, the mother of these two Princes lost as young boys.”

He also added: “There is little chance it seems that this reconciliation has progressed to any great extent because Harry only spent around 90 minutes at Kensington Palace and it’s understood he’s going straight back to California.”

Prince Harry arrived in the UK last Friday and spent five days isolating at Frogmore Cottage before attending the service at Kensington Palace. 

His wife Meghan Markle remained in California with their newborn baby daughter, Lilibet Diana, and their two-year-old son, Archie Harrison. 

His appearance at the unveiling ceremony marked the first time he had reunited with Prince William since the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip in April. 

Relations between the two Princes have become strained over recent years, as Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step away from the Royal Family in January 2020. 

Rumours of a rift between the two brothers began to circulate as early as 2018, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to leave Kensington Palace and set up their own royal foundation, Sussex Royal. 

During the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Prince Harry summarised their relationship as “space”. 

He also said that they were on “different paths” and that both Prince William and Prince Charles were “trapped” by the institution. 

Meghan Markle also corrected the story about making Kate cry, revealing that the reverse had happened and Prince William’s wife had in fact made her cry in a bicker over flower dresses. 

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The interview, along with Prince Harry’s other recent media appearances, have reportedly worsened the relationship between the Sussexes and the Royal Family. 

Both Princes put aside their differences for the ceremony yesterday, as they unveiled a new statue honouring their mother’s legacy. 

Prince William and Prince Harry had commissioned the statue in 2017 to honour what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. 

Designed by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, the statue has been placed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace. The location was chosen specifically as it was known as Diana’s favourite spot at the Palace. 

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