William and Harry risk backlash ‘frenzy’ as ‘separate speeches’ suggested for Diana statue

Diana statue: Harry will make ‘every effort’ to attend says expert

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Prince William and Prince Harry may give “separate speeches” at the display of Princess Diana’s new statue, royal commentators have claimed. The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex have been warned they will “just create more of a public frenzy” if they do not show a “united front” at the event. Us Weekly’s Royally Us podcast hosts Christina Garibaldi and Molly Mulshine discussed the “tense” relationship between the brothers.

Ms Mulshine told listeners: “I want to believe what I see with my own eyes.

“What I am not seeing is the two of them putting on a public united front.

“They spoke for a few minutes after their grandfather’s funeral, and that was the first time we have seen them interact in over a year.

“So if the tensions are overblown, I think they could be doing more to get these stories to go away.”

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Ms Garibaldi said: “Maybe they will do that at Diana’s memorial statue unveiling in a couple of months.

“Maybe they will put on that united front.

“There are some rumours that they’re going to do separate speeches and not speak together.

“That, of course, will just create more of a public frenzy.”

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She continued: “At this point, you want to see them put the past behind them.

“Especially when it comes to recognising and honouring their mum.

“We all want to see them be friends again.”

Prince Harry’s own in-person attendance of the unveiling has also been put into question in recent weeks.

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The Duke of Sussex is expected to travel back to the UK in July to mark the special event with his older brother.

However, there are concerns that he will be unable to make it due to coronavirus restrictions and his wife’s pregnancy.

While Harry and Meghan have kept silent about the due date of their daughter, the new Sussex baby is expected to make an appearance in early summer.

Additionally, the Duke’s attendance will depend on the UK and US’ travel laws at the time.

Prince Harry was able to travel back to attend his grandfather’s funeral in March on a dispensation for “compassionate grounds” but had to stay in quarantine for five days ahead of the service.

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