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Prince Harry and Prince William may never be close again after ‘disappointment’ – expert

Prince Harry: Prince Charles ‘left out’ of tribute says expert

Difficulties emerged between the brothers over the last couple of years and worsened after Harry, 36, decided to step down as a senior royal in January 2020, observers have said. The younger sibling previously shared that he and William, 38, were on “different paths” in response to speculation about a rift.

But Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, are expected to return to the UK later this year for events.

These include the Queen’s 95th birthday in April, Prince Philip‘s 100th in June and the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue on July 1.

The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace where the brothers are expected to make a joint statement.

It will mark what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.

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Speaking to ET, royal expert Katie Nicholl said the brothers have a much improved relationship since one year ago when they were “barely on talking terms”.

But she said whether the relationship “will ever be as close” as it was before is questionable.

Ms Nicholl said: “Things are a lot better between William and Harry. If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms.

“When William went to the Sandringham Summit, he was so angry with his brother. He couldn’t even face going to that lunch with the Queen.

“He only went for the meetings, such was his frustration and feeling of disappointment about what his brother had done and how Harry was handling the situation.”

It comes amid claims the Queen “shed tears of joy” after learning the brothers were working on their relationship.

An insider told US Weekly: “The Queen is said to have shed tears of joy that they’re no longer at odds.

“She found the ugliness extremely hard to handle.”

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Express.co.uk the brothers must work the relationship out themselves – and not let other family members try and repair it.

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She said: “You would want them to sit down and work things out and have conversations but that is between them.

“They are the only two people who can, Prince Charles or someone else can’t say you really need to talk to your brother.

“They need to make the decision to say hey I am living a separate life but I need to talk to my brother as we need to work things out.”

The brothers’ families were said to have exchanged presents over the festive period.

Talk is increasingly turning to when the turn might be of a new king.

And Express.co.uk readers would like to see Prince Charles stand aside so William can succeed the Queen as King.

This is despite Charles being history’s longest king-in-waiting.

The 72-year-old may be waiting for some time yet.

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is into her 68th year on the throne.

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