Prince Harry and Prince William cannot ‘do true honor in memory of their mother’ without reconciliation as statue of Princess Diana unveiled, historian Robert Lacey said News week.
The royal brothers’ relationship has been shattered by allegations of intimidation and allegations of insensitivity to Meghan Markle, the first colored royal to the British monarchy in living memory.
However, on Thursday they will together unveil a statue in memory of their mother at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, a place where Princess Diana has gone for moments of quiet contemplation.
Historian Robert Lacey recounts royal rift in his bestselling biography Battle of the Brothers and says this week must be a turning point for the siblings if Diana’s commemoration is to be meaningful.
He said News week: “Maybe there will be some finger snaps and wand movements on Thursday.
“I do not see how they can give true honor to the memory of their mother without, not a total reconciliation, but a significant gesture of homage to her and to the other.
“Otherwise, what is the world going to say?” If they go out and make two wooden speeches, then go their separate ways, what meaning will this ceremony have and what conclusion will the world draw?
Harry and William will meet at the same location where four years ago the Sunken Garden was redesigned as a white garden to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
Then the bullying allegations, the royal outing, the Oprah Winfrey interview and much of their rivalry had yet to happen.
This time their wounds have been laid bare in Lacey’s book, among other things, but they will be surrounded by the people who have helped provide emotional support to their mother.
Among them is Charles Spencer, the princess’s brother who delivered a eulogy at her 1997 funeral, vowing that his “blood family” would rule Harry and William “so their souls were not simply immersed in duty. and tradition, but can sing openly as you have planned. “
Lacey described how Prince William asked Earl Spencer to speak to Harry at the start of his relationship with Meghan in the hope of settling the differences.
He said News week: “Charles Spencer was called out earlier, just at the start of the courtship display [between Harry and Meghan] and it didn’t work.
âHarry pushed him away. [statue unveiling] will be a mostly Spencer occasion with the addition of Julia Samuel who acted as Diana’s advisor and was recognized by Harry and Meghan in the Oprah interview as a source of solace to them.
“There is nothing more the palace or the other friends can do.”
Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12, stand with Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, during his funeral. Historian Robert Lacey has suggested Earl Spencer could be a peacemaker during the unveiling of a statue in honor of his sister.
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In a pre-recorded speech for the Diana Award charity, Prince Harry said yesterday: “Later this week my brother and I recognize what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of all of you for live an authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.
âOur mother believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out, and in the faces of young people just like you, she witnessed enthusiasm and enthusiasm. a passion without limits. “
He closed the speech by saying, “Stand up for what you believe in and trust that when you live in the truth and in the service of others, people will see it, just as they did with my mother.”
These closing remarks seem to echo a justification he offered for granting the revealing Oprah Winfrey interview on March 7.
He told his Apple TV docuseries The me you can’t see: âI like to think that we were able to speak the truth in the most compassionate way possible, thus leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing.
âThe interview was about being real, being authentic, and hopefully sharing an experience that we know is incredibly accessible to many people around the world despite our unique privileged position. “
The words of the Diana Awards speech could be interpreted as a renewal of this defense of her and Meghan’s decision to live by the truth in their explosive revelations about royal life.
However, there is one topic where Lacey says the brothers are united in wanting to preserve their mother’s memory.
He said Prince Charles lobbied behind the scenes to support the change in official royal policy so that when he becomes King his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will take the title of Queen, originally intended for Diana.
Camilla was not named Princess of Wales out of respect for William and Harry’s mother who held the title.
And the official position of the royal family is that they will be appointed princess consort rather than queen consort.
However, the Prince of Wales has other ideas and has encountered opposition from Harry and William to his campaign, according to Lacey.
He said News week: “If Uncle Charles Spencer can’t handle the reconciliation, who can? Father Charles clearly can’t. This has been evident publicly. In private, I found out that both brothers were absolutely ill until then. to the back teeth of Charles trying to negotiate full queen status for Camilla. “
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said last week: “Prince William and Prince Harry will attend a small event to mark the unveiling of a statue they have commissioned from their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on Thursday, July 1.
“In addition to the close family of Diana, Princess of Wales, members of the statue committee, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and garden designer Pip Morrison will also be in attendance.”