Warring Harry and William call truce for Diana statue unveiling – but are 'further apart than ever'

WARRING William and Harry have called a truce for the unveiling of a statue to mum Diana — but are said to be further apart than ever.

The pair are due at Kensington Palace in London on July 1 — their first meeting since Philip’s funeral in April.

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The feuding brothers are communicating by “minimal” texts amid their bitter fallout.

But they are determined to show the utmost respect by pledging a truce on what would have been the late Princess’s 60th birthday.

The Princes will leave Kensington Palace together, walk to the statue then deliver their own speeches.

Sadly, sources say there has been no reconciliation since Harry and wife Meghan trashed the Royal Family in their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March.

They’ll walk together in utmost respect to Di but there’s no reconciliation.

It comes as a new book detailed an extraordinary bust-up between the Princes over claims Meghan bullied Buckingham Palace staff.

And we can reveal dad Charles will likely stay in Scotland when his son jets in from the US at the end of the month.

A source said yesterday: “Harry and William have only communicated by text since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. There have not been any personal chats or proper talks, just a very brief and minimal exchange of text messages.

“The relationship is still very much strained and there’s no sign yet that there will be any sort of coming together any time soon.”

The tribute to their mum will be unveiled in the Palace grounds.

A source close to the statue planning committee said: “The boys will walk out together out of respect for their mum but there’s been no reconciliation.

“Charles will leave the boys to it. Harry will need to quarantine for at least five days when he lands in England, most likely at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

“Charles has made it quite clear he will not be around beyond that because he is going to Scotland. There is no planned meeting.”


Yesterday author Robert Lacey’s book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult revealed how William “went ballistic” at distressing claims Meghan bullied Palace aides.

He is then said to have confronted his younger brother in a “fierce and bitter” bust-up.

Palace insiders say a “dossier of distress” was assembled into the alleged bullying. One aide claims a confrontation with Meghan made her “feel sick”. Another said she “could not stop shaking”.

A third accused the Duchess of dishing out “emotional cruelty and manipulation”. One says they suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

William is said to have been “instantly furious”, with the claims at odds with his and Kate’s “paternalistic” treatment of their own staff, says the book.

The Sussexes have repeatedly denied the bullying claims.

According to a pal of William, the Prince rang Harry in autumn 2018. Harry is said to have “flared up in furious defence of his wife” before slamming down the phone.

It was then, according to the book, that “William went to speak to him personally” — although it does not specify where.

The book says their meeting was “fierce and bitter” with William “hurt and betrayed”, says the pal.

The book added: “He had seen it as his job to look out for Harry but this was the moment the protection had to stop.

"At the end of the day the Crown and all it stood for with its ancient traditions, styles and values — the mission of the monarchy — had to matter more to William than his brother did.”

Team Sussex was a toxic environment. People shouting in faces.

In the Oprah interview, the Sussexes claimed Meghan was a victim of racism from unnamed royals.

Harry also told the chat host that he fell out with William around the time of the Sussexes’ 2018 tour of Australia. He suggested his family were jealous Meghan was good with ­people and adored by the public — just like Diana.

But Mr Lacey’s book suggests the siblings were no longer on speaking terms before the Australia trip — because of the bullying scandal.


It erupted when Kensington Palace communications chief Jason Knauf emailed William’s private secretary claiming Meghan was mistreating staff.

Palace workers had already coined the “half-joke” hashtag #freeHarry when Knauf felt it important to raise the allegations.

Some staff referred to themselves as the “Sussex Survivors Club”, it is claimed. One palace courtier recalled in the book: “I overheard a conversation between Harry and one of his top aides. Harry was screaming down the phone.

“Team Sussex was a toxic environment. People shouting in faces.”

Author Lacey alleges William felt Meghan was following an “agenda” during her time in the Royal Family and planned to return to the US, taking Harry with her.

The book claims that Kate had been “wary of Meghan from the start”. Royal sources deny this.

It’ll be an acting masterclass on the big day

By Ingrid Seward, Royal Biographer

I DON’T think their relationship has been reconciled, not at all. It will be a very slow process and will not happen on a quick trip to Britain.

This will be a masterpiece of acting but has to be done. The day is about their mother, not their own ­personal grievances.

Harry and William, more than anybody, know how to put on a good show, having been brought up as Royals.

Harry, of course, is a pretty good actor and will make sure there’s no body language on display that shows what is really happening between the pair.

As they constantly remind us, Diana was the most important person in the world to them, so they must put on a brave face because she would expect them to do.

Harry will feel the most uncomfortable, especially as he won’t have his wife, and probably his son, there.

William, I am sure, will have Catherine and his children by his side, and so he should for such a big day.

If I was Harry, I would bring Archie with me.

Let’s face it, if you have a child or pet on display everyone looks at them don’t they, not you! But I don’t think that will ever happen which is so, so sad.

It has always been assumed that Harry initiated the splitting up of the Kensington Palace household.

But it is claimed William pushed for it, following the brothers’ fallout. It is claimed William “wished to be separated from Meghan on a day-to-day basis” — and that meant being apart from Harry too.

A friend revealed: “William threw Harry out.”       

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