The palace is getting ready to honor Princess Diana on Thursday, July 1 — when the royals will mark what would have been the late icon's 60th birthday — but Prince Harry is reportedly not cooperating.
Harry and his brother, Prince William, will attend the event where a statue they commissioned of their mother will be unveiled. The ceremony was altered to be smaller than originally planned due to COVID-19 restrictions in the U.K.; however, it will still be telecasted around the world.
“This is just not the way they do things. Harry won’t show them his speech and is refusing to take part in meetings or dress rehearsals,” a source revealed. “He seems to want to just wing it. To just turn up and see what happens. They don’t even know what he is planning to wear.”
“William is anxious for everything to be perfect. Not only will he be standing there as the future of the monarchy without the Queen, his father Prince Charles, or his wife and children, he will be standing there honoring his mom. He wants to make his mum proud,” another source added.
Estranged brothers Harry and William will come together for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April. OK! previously reported, however, that the Duke of Sussex isn’t expected to stay for long. After the event, he will be leaving the U.K. right away to return to the States.
Though it was hopeful that Meghan Markle would make an appearance, it seems as though she has ultimately decided to stay behind in their California home with the pair’s two children: two-year-old son Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet Diana.
The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, and the princes hope that the statue “will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy,” according to a statement the brothers released in August 2020.