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Prince William & Prince Harry Have 'Insisted' On Making Separate Speeches At Unveiling Of Princess Diana Statue

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May. 10 2021, Published 7:05 a.m. ET

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Prince William and Prince Harry will reportedly give separate speeches when a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, will be unveiled in July to mark what would have been her 60th birthday. 

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Although the brothers will stand together at the ceremony, it is not believed that there will be a joint statement. 

Though Harry is expecting his second child with wife Meghan Markle, "They will both move heaven and earth to be there. They commissioned the statue together. It is very important for them," a source said.

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"There is, of course, hope the memory of Diana can repair their relationship but that seems a long way off right now," the insider added. 

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"The brothers will be physically together for the ceremony but want to make their own personal addresses," the source explained. "You might have thought they’d go for a joint statement and speech but that’s not the case. Each has insisted on preparing their own.

"It is a big concern that their body language will suggest all is not well and they won’t present a united front," the source added. 

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The pregnant Duchess of Sussex is not believed to be attending the memorial. "She feels this is William and Harry’s event and would not want to overshadow them," another insider explained. Sources said it's also unlikely that Queen Elizabeth II will attend. 

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Although the pair were photographed exchanging words at their late grandfather Prince Philip's funeral last month, there is still said to be a rift in their relationship. But not all hope is lost for the brothers.

"Although the trip inevitably had its share of awkward moments, he's generally happy with how it went," a source told OK! after Harry saw his family for the first time since stepping down as a senior royal. "But the main thing is they broke the ice, and he's finally communicating properly with his family again."  

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The insider continued, "It was more of a civilized catch-up than an intense sit-down because, quite simply, it wasn't an appropriate time to delve into recent tensions. However, Harry did take the opportunity to reassure everyone it wasn't his intention to upset them and that he loves them all very much."  

The royals "echoed their affection for him," the source said, "and they mutually agreed to keep moving forward positively and constructively," but there's "still a lot of unfinished business.

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"Harry and William have both agreed to meet before [the event] and have a frank discussion about how they can do their best to fix the damage that has been done," the source continued, "and air their grievances in a calm and pragmatic manner." 

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It may be more difficult for Harry to repair his relationship with his father. "With the way things are going, Charles may never forgive Harry, which hasn’t gone down well with Elizabeth," a source told Us Weekly. "She feels that he’s putting his pride before the best interest of the monarchy. She has enough on her plate dealing with the loss of her husband."

The insider added, "Elizabeth is proud of William for taking the dignified approach, unlike Charles, who still hasn’t forgiven Harry for dragging his name through the mud."

The Sun was the first to report that William and Harry "insisted" on giving separate speeches. 

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