Prince William and Prince Harry ‘avoid’ each other as they work on joint UK project for first time in months

Prince William and Prince Harry each met with outstanding young people, but their meetings were held separately.

Prince William and Prince Harry arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales
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Prince William and Prince Harry ‘avoided’ each other after teaming up for their first UK project together in months in honor of Princess Diana. 

Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship has been surrounded by rumors of tension and distance in recent months, ever since Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview aired in March. As well as making many other shocking revelations as the couple opened up on life in the royal spotlight, the Duke of Sussex described his brother as “trapped” in the institution. This is something a royal expert has since claimed was not his “place to say” and the brothers have only seen each other in person a few times since then. 

One of these highly-anticipated occasions was the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue on what would’ve been her 60th birthday. Coming together, they honored Princess Diana in a heartbreaking post, declaring that “every day” they wish she was still here with them. 

Now Prince William and Prince Harry have teamed up again in honor of their mother, though they appear to have ‘avoided’ each other as their responsibilities were kept separate. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Princess Diana

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Every two years The Diana Awards present outstanding young people with a prestigious Legacy Award for their social action or their humanitarian work. The inaugural legacy awards were held at St James’s Palace in London in 2017, where both the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex presented the awards together. 

This year, however, they each met a selection of the twenty winners separately ahead of a magnificent ceremony hosted by Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer on December 9th, where they’ll receive their awards. As revealed on The Diana Award’s official website, Prince William met with the UK-based winners at Kensington Palace. 

Whilst Prince Harry reportedly met with winners from across the world via a special live video meeting from the US where he and Meghan settled after they decided to “step back” as senior royals

As Prince William and Prince Harry are both so passionate about the awards, it likely came as a surprise to some people that they didn’t manage to coordinate their meetings in some way via video link. This could perhaps have allowed them to get everyone, including themselves, together in one meeting, which would be even more significant in light of the recent "rift" rumors. 

Though the division of their responsibilities in this way does of course make complete sense geographically, given where the brothers live. It’s not yet known whether Prince Harry could return to the UK for the award ceremony on December 9th, which Prince William is currently expected to attend.

However, with recent reports suggesting that Harry and Meghan will be staying in the US for the festive season rather than going to Sandringham, an earlier trip for even this very important night could be seen as unlikely.  

Nevertheless, whilst fans might've hoped to see Prince William and Prince Harry meet all The Legacy Award winners together, the way the brothers have teamed up again after many months focusing on separate projects is certainly heart-warming. 

And although the Sussexes might not celebrate Christmas in the UK, it's hoped that they may reunite with the Cambridges and wider Royal Family for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!