PRINCE Harry has been spotted heading to meet Prince William for an emotional reunion as they unveil a statue for Princess Diana.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, was pictured leaving Windsor Castle this afternoon ahead of the poignant ceremony in Kensington Palace.
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Prince Harry has been seen today ahead of the ceremonyCredit: Kelvin Bruce
It will be the first time he’s seen brother Prince William face-to-face since Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
But Harry’s pal Omid Scobie says the pair will show “professionalism and nothing more” at the emotionally-charged reunion.
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Although the brothers have messaged each other about England’s historic win over Germany in Euro 2020, Mr Scobie – the co-author of Finding Freedom – says a public reconciliation is hugely unlikely.
He told BBC Breakfast: “I think what we will see is two brothers extremely professional in a moment that’s not about them at all.”
However, he said the world will “see them put everything to one side” for the poignant day.
“Maybe, for us that are watching, we’re curious to see how they will be by their side with each other, but I think we will just see professionalism and nothing else.”
But he said the day will be a reminder to William and Harry that they were once very close.
“Despite the distances between the two brothers today, it’s a project that started with the two of them very much in communication with each other, working side by side, and I think today will be a reminder of that moment as they finally unveil this statue to the world,” he said.
Harry and William have been working together on the project since 2017.
Royal experts say today may be make or break for Harry and William’s future relationship with one anotherCredit: Reuters
They will meet again today on what would have been their mother’s 60th birthdayCredit: LNP
Footage from today’s meeting will be broadcast around the world – although the ceremony itself will remain largely privateCredit: Getty
Meanwhile, the Queen looked stylish in teal during a trip to in Edinburgh with Princess Anne todayCredit: Rex
But despite today’s ceremony marking the culmination of years of work, it’s understood the pair are barely speaking, while their relationship is “incredibly strained”.
Experts say today will be hugely important for their future relationship with one another.
Sources close to their uncle Earl Spencer, who will attend today’s unveiling, say the family hope they will be brought together as they remember their mother.
And speaking on Good Morning Britain, Kate Garraway said: “You’d be hoping they would both be thinking how upset Diana would be that there was a falling out between them and that might be just the trigger to start a conversation that gets things back on track.”
ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship, who was on this morning’s show, replied: “I think a lot of people watching this, a lot of people who have been saddened by the fall-out between these two brothers who were once so very close, would hope today could be a trigger, a moment for them to start talking again.”
Meanwhile, Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said if the feud doesn’t end today, perhaps it never will.
The brothers met face-to-face last when attending their grandfather’s funeral at WindsorCredit: pixel8000
But today, they’ll meet to remember their mother at a private ceremonyCredit: Getty
The pair have worked since 2017 on a statue for Princess Diana, which is being unveiled todayCredit: Getty
“If this poignant day doesn’t do it, nothing will,” he said.
“If they stand in front of their mother’s image and think what she would have wanted, they will know the answer.”
And talkRADIO’s royal correspondent Rupert Bell told the station: “Maybe this statue is going to be a catalyst so the two brothers can actually hold a sensible conversation about life in general and remembering their mother.”
The brothers have started messaging each other about the football – but tensions remain, according to reports.
“It is still far from good between them,” a source said.
“But there has apparently been an exchange of messages, particularly about the football, which is a step in the right direction, if only to do honour to their mother.”
Meanwhile, royal insiders told the Mail that Harry has been told how much the royals hope to see his two-year-old son Archie again.
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Mr Bell said: “William and Kate want to see their nephew and niece, and all the other members of the family.
“But at the moment, Harry and Meghan are cut off, adrift, admittedly because of their own doing – they have chosen this.
“It’s for them to come forward and offer an olive branch to the Royal Family, and this may be the time to do it.”
Tension reportedly first simmered between the brothers when Wills allegedly warned his younger brother against moving too fast with Meghan Markle.
But matters worsened when Jason Knauf, who worked in communications for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes, submitted an official email in October 2018 alleging Meghan Markle had bullied staff.
Meghan fiercely denies the claims – and a spokesperson for her and Harry said she was the victim of a calculated smear campaign.
However William was said to be furious at the allegations – and eventually tensions grew so unbearable he split the Sussex and Cambridge households.
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