Prince William and Prince Harry reunite at Diana statue unveiling
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The two brothers came together for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue in the Sunken Gardens of Kensington Palace on Thursday. It was the first time they had been seen together since Prince Philip’s funeral in April. One royal commentator confessed that, from behind, she actually finds it hard to tell them apart now, because Harry has lost a lot of hair from the top of his head.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Ms Gripper said that when she first saw a photograph of the two princes socially distanced with the statue in the middle, she had to look quite closely to see who was who.
She noted that Harry has a “similar hairline to William” now, he just grows it longer and wilder.
She went on to joke about their ongoing rift, saying they were at least “united in one area of life”.
The podcast host said: “I have a confession to make that when I saw the first picture…
“I think the picture is really lovely and it’s beautifully framed because you’ve got the two boys either side, socially distanced, which leaves a perfect space through the middle to be able to see the statue.
“But when you look at them, I’m really sorry Harry, but you now have to look really closely to work out which one is which, because he’s lost so much of his hair that he has a very similar hairline to William, but the rest of it’s just a bit longer and his is a bit more wild.
“I just think, oh they are definitely united in one area of life.”
Mr Myers chimed in that Harry “still has a bit of fuzzy bear going on”.
Indeed, both William and Harry have lost a significant amount of hair from the top of their heads, perhaps more so even than their 72-year-old father Prince Charles.
Harry still retains some hair at the front, but from the back they now look very similar.
Mr Myers said he felt the princes “looked a bit forced” at the event and that the pressure of presenting a united front showed at times.
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While they were very close when they were young, William and Harry have had a strained relationship over the past few years.
They reportedly started to drift apart after an argument about Meghan Markle, but things took a nosedive when Harry and Meghan decided to throw in the towel and stepped down as senior royals.
The Royal Family were said to be “hurt” by the decision and the way they went about it.
Then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey that was very damaging for the Royal Family, leaving some to question whether a relationship can be at all salvaged for Harry and his family.
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The Princess Diana statue, which has been in the works since 2017, was the perfect opportunity for the princes to come together and unite in celebrating their mother’s legacy on what would have been her 60th birthday.
It was a short ceremony – less than 20 minutes – and featured no speeches, although the princes released a joint statement, which was posted on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram page.
It was a small, intimate ceremony with just William, Harry, Diana’s siblings Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, the garden designer Pip Morrison, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and members of the statue committee.
William and Harry’s uncle and aunts gave them a “warm reception”, having likely not seen them in a long time.
Mr Myers questioned whether there may be a second ceremony post-Covid restrictions where some of the sponsors of the statue get to attend, like Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
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