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William and Harry MUST reunite in memory of Diana, writes MICHAEL COLE

Prince Harry may miss Diana statue unveiling says Ship

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No two brothers could have been closer. William, the more cautious and circumspect. Harry, the more spontaneous and fun-loving. But united, two sides of the same coin, brought up by their mother to be free spirits, thinking of others before themselves. She bought presents for them both on her last holiday. They came back with her luggage after her terrible death. Diana’s sister Sarah presented these last gifts from their mother after her funeral. That day united the royal brothers for ever. It’s a memory Harry cannot shake.

Her death left “a huge hole inside me”, he writes in the foreword of a book for children of health workers who have died in the pandemic.

Hospital By  The Hill tells the story of a young person whose mother died working on a hospital front line.

Written by Chris Connaughton, it will be given to similarly bereaved children on the National Day of Reflection next week.

“I wish I was able to hug you right now”, writes Prince Harry. “When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I did not want to believe it or accept it.”

While someone might be lost forever, he continues, they are “always with you and you can hold on to them forever”.

Now “love and support” has filled the hole inside him, he writes, an obvious reference to his wife, Meghan.

If the brothers are to stand side by side at Kensington Palace for the unveiling of the memorial to their mother on July 1, which would have been her 60th birthday, balm must be applied to wounds that are raw and deep.

The Mother’s Day cards made by William’s children made it clear how much he, too, misses Princess Diana.

This shared grief is a bond that cannot be severed.

As the Union Flag falls to reveal their mother’s statue, they must stand together, reconciled and united.

Perhaps Harry’s advice to children also givesWilliam a hint to get in touch to sort things out, brother to brother.

“You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad.This feeling will pass,” Harry writes.

He then concludes the passage: “You will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”

Sounds like an invitation to me. Blessed are the peace-makers.

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