A noticeable absence. On July 1, the British pay homage to Lady Diana on the occasion of what should have been her sixtieth birthday. Thus, a ceremony will be organized to inaugurate a statue bearing his effigy which will be placed in the grounds of Kensington Palace. An important step for which Prince Harry made the trip from the United States to find his brother, Prince William. However, according to information published by journalist Peter Hunt, Kate Middleton will not be in the game. In a statement, Kensington Palace officially announced that “only Princes Harry and William will be present during this tribute”, we can read. They will be “in the company of members of Diana’s family” but will not be able to count on their respective wives. This announcement is not surprising since the program has continued to change over the days. Indeed, the Daily Mail had announced a few weeks ago that the Duchess of Cambridge had “agreed to attend the ceremony at Kensington Palace next Thursday” before retracting a few days later, specifying that it did not will not attend. So it would appear that the final decision has been made.
A complicated return. For the first time since Prince Philip’s funeral last April, Princes Harry and William will meet again. A reunion under high tension since relations between the two brothers have not been easy since the Duke of Sussex left the royal family in January 2020. Will they manage to put their differences aside for a day ? “There will undoubtedly be tensions between the Cambridges and Harrys, but they all agree that they want a day entirely devoted to the legacy left by the Princess of Wales,” said an anonymous source in the columns of the Daily Star. In order to ease tensions with Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge wished Meghan Markle did not come to the inauguration: “It was not the right time to bring Meghan in because there is so much tension between her and William, “said royal expert Charlotte Griffiths. A wish that will be granted since the wife of Prince Harry recently gave birth to her baby daughter, Lilibet and therefore prefers to stay by her side in the United States.
Kate Middleton: what role does she play in the reconciliation of princes Harry and William?
Relations are strained between Princes William and Harry and the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge at the inauguration on July 1 would have been beneficial. Indeed, she was at the origin of the rapprochement of the two brothers during the funeral of Prince Philip last April since she had started the conversation with Prince Harry. An initiative which then allowed the two princes to meet and exchange for long minutes. A moment captured by the cameras and which had suggested a possible reconciliation. The sons of Prince Charles would have quarreled last April, will they finally be reconciled, even without the help of a third person?
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