Prince William 'didn't want' to attend Princess Diana's statue unveiling with Prince Harry after Oprah interview

Prince William was still 'reeling' over Prince Harry's comments about the Royal Family, a royal source has said

Prince William 'didn't want' to attend Diana's statue unveiling with Harry
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Prince William 'didn't want' to attend Princess Diana's statue unveiling memorial last July with Prince Harry, a royal source has alleged. 

  • Prince William wasn't keen on attending Princess Diana's statue unveiling service with Prince Harry, a royal source has claimed. 
  • The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex reunited in July 2021 for their late mother's 60th birthday memorial in London, just a few months after Harry launched a tirade of bombshell attacks against the Royal Family. 
  • In other royal news, Meghan Markle's subtle hand gesture shows she's 'in-awe' of the Queen.

The Duke of Cambridge might have looked happy to reunite with his brother, the Duke of Sussex, for their late mother's 60th birthday memorial in London last summer—but according to an inside source, he was far from pleased to see him. 

It's no secret that tensions were high between the royal brothers at the Sunken Garden service, with Prince Harry's Oprah interview in March 2021 reportedly exacerbating their so-called feud. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who withdrew their roles as senior working royals and emigrated to the US in January 2020, made a series of sharp allegations about their British family during the bombshell CBS special—including accusations of racism against Buckingham Palace. Harry also claimed that his father, Prince Charles, and Prince William, the heirs to the throne, are both "trapped" in the Royal Family and unable to "leave that system." 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made multiple shocking claims about the Royal Family in their CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 

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The provocative comments apparently left the Duke of Cambridge, who has yet to address the rift publicly, "reeling" and "very upset". 

He saw his younger brother for the first time since his high-profile move in April 2021, at the funeral for Prince Philip, who died age 99 in Windsor Castle. The siblings kept it civil for the somber affair but were reportedly unable to reach a full reconciliation during Harry's short trip home. 

By the time Princess Diana's statue unveiling service at Kensington Palace rolled around in July, it's understood that they had still not managed to make amends. 

Prince Harry and Prince William at Princess Diana's memorial 2021

Prince William (L) was reportedly still upset with Prince Harry at Princess Diana's statue unveiling in July 

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"William was still furious," a close friend of the Royal Family told the Sunday Times. "He had taken the view that he’d only give so much. He just didn’t want to go there [with Harry]."

Fortunately, Kate Middleton, who was not present at the statue unveiling, was helping to smooth things over between her husband and brother-in-law behind the scenes. 

“[Catherine] was amazing behind the scenes when Harry came," a royal aide said. 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton reportedly acted as a peacemaker between Prince William and Prince Harry 

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The Duke of Sussex flew back to Los Angeles, where he and the Duchess reside with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, just one day after the poignant event. It was speculated that Harry and Meghan would return to the UK for Christmas 2021, but Covid-19 restrictions and the Queen's ongoing health concerns reportedly hampered their travel plans. 

The transatlantic couple is expected to make a trip back to Britain for Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee 2022 this June, where they will hopefully be able to introduce the monarch to her great-granddaughter in person. 

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.