The event in the Sunken Garden at London’s Kensington Palace was only their second public meeting since Harry and wife Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties over a year ago, and the strain on the brothers’ relationship is apparently far from over.
“It is still very much a work in progress,” said True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen. “An awful lot has been said between the two. So much linen has been put out in the public, so to speak.”
Bullen, who has worked closely with their father, Prince Charles, has been making TV programs and documentaries about the British royal family for almost 20 years, and sources tell him that a reconciliation is not in the near future.
“I am told William is absolutely furious at how Harry and Meghan have shared their views about the royal family, about their own immediate family, with the world’s press,” Bullen said regarding Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey as well as the Apple TV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See.
“I think it’s going to be incredibly tough to come back from that, on all sides. Harry and Mehan feel they haven’t been supported by the monarchy. But ultimately, WIliam is a king in waiting. Duty to him comes first. His duty is to protect the crown and to protect the institution. And that’s what William is going to do,” he continued.
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Despite the ongoing dispute, the brothers put on a united front while attending the ceremony to honor their mother on July 1, what would have been her 60th birthday, while the statue was unveiled in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.
The two brothers also released a joint statement honoring their mother and her legacy. “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength, and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.”
Harry arrived in the U.K. ahead of the ceremony and self-isolated for five days in Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Harry and Meghan.
Meghan was not in attendance at the ceremony, as she remained in their home in California with two-year-old son Archie and newborn daughter, Lilibet.
Harry and Meghan officially departed from their royal duties in 2020 over what they have recently described as a lack of support and apparent racist attitudes from the institution as well as an overwhelming media frenzy, which the pair detailed in their bombshell interview with Oprah in March.
While Harry has reportedly shown remorse for the so-called blindsiding in 2020, it is clear that it will take a lot more heavy lifting for the two brothers to reconcile.