Prince Harry makes surprise appearance after London arrival

Prince Harry paid a surprising tribute to Prince William at this year's Diana Awards

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle, visit Nottingham for their first official public engagement together on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry's recent tribute to his brother William has shown royal fans everywhere that, no matter what happens between the estranged brothers, family always comes first. 

The Duke of Sussex is back in the UK for his second trip home since he emigrated to the US with his wife, Meghan Markle, in early 2020. 

Prince Harry arrived in London last Friday to join his older brother for a very special occasion—the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue at Kensington Palace. The memorial service, which is scheduled for July 1, will mark what would have been their mother's 60th birthday. It will also see the royal heirs reunite for their first public engagement since Prince Philip's funeral in April. 

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert-Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Prince William last saw each other at Prince Philip's funeral in April 

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While relations are said to be heated between Harry and William right now, it looks like the Duke of Sussex is hoping to ease the tension before the highly-anticipated ceremony. 

Speaking at the 2021 Diana Awards, which was established in honor of the late princess in 1999 to celebrate young people's contributions to their community, Prince Harry made a sweet nod to his older brother—implying the two remain a unified force, even in the face of conflict. 

"Later this week, my brother and I are recognizing what would have been our mum's 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living your authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others," he said in the virtual appearance. 

Harry also mentioned Meghan Markle, who stayed in California to take care of the couple's children, Archie and Lilibet, in the impassioned speech. "Meg and I fundamentally believe that our world is at the cusp of change," he said. "Real change, for the good of all." 

He went on to acknowledge that the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affected communities of color, underserved communities, women, and less wealthy countries, and urged "swift action" for the vaccination of the world. 

Prince Harry's relationship with Prince William has reportedly been glacial ever since he and Meghan Markle announced their withdrawal as senior royals in January 2020—and recent developments have done little to thaw the ice. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made several shocking statements about the Royal Family during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, including allegations of racism against Buckingham Palace. Harry also claimed that William and the Prince of Wales, their father, are "trapped", before adding he has "huge compassionate for that." 

Harry and Meghan

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While Harry's trip to the UK from California will hopefully provide an opportunity for reconciliation with his big brother, the likelihood of making up with his dad is looking slim. It was revealed last week that Prince Charles has "no plans" to see Prince Harry on his visit to London, having already arranged to travel to Scotland while his son is home. 

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The guest list for Princess Diana's statue unveiling originally included about 100 people but was drastically shortened last minute to adhere to new Covid-19 restrictions. 

Kensington Palace has since confirmed that the statue's sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley, and the garden designer, Pip Morrison, will be in attendance, along with close members of Diana's family. The invitation changes led royal fans to assume Kate Middleton could be off the guest list—a removal that could have negative consequences for the brothers. The Duchess of Cambridge was credited for her mediator skills between the two at Prince Philip's funeral, having reportedly extended an olive branch to Harry during the solemn occasion. 


Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.