Do it for Diana! Prince Harry and William told to ‘put on brave face’ and come together
Prince Harry 'wants to be at statue unveiling' says expert
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The former chef of the late Princess of Wales, Darren McGrady, wrote an impassioned message to the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex in the run-up to Princess Diana’s birthday. On July 1, when the Princess of Wales would have turned 60, a statue of Diana originally commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death will be unveiled at Kensington Palace.
Mr McGrady wrote on Twitter: “Nothing short of William and Harry unveiling the statue together will suffice.
“This is about their mother’s life and legacy.
“Put personal differences aside and put on a brave face.
“Goodness knows your mother had too. Many times!
“Change the date if need be. but be there FOR HER!”
Mr McGrady joined the royal kitchen brigade in 1982 and worked at Buckingham Palace for the Queen until 1993.
On that year he moved to Kensington Palace, preparing meals for Princess Diana, Prince Charles and their two sons.
In a rare joint statement issued by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Prince William announced last year they had commissioned the statue.
Their message read: “The statue that Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned to commemorate their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will be installed next year on what would have been her 60th Birthday.
“The statue was commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world.
“The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking the Princess’s 60th birthday.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
Over the past year, several commentators and sources stated both William and Harry intend to participate in the unveiling of the statue to honour their mother’s legacy.
Among them, there is royal expert Russell Myers, who recently said during ITV’s Lorraine: “The things I’m being told is they still really want to be there, both of them. Certainly, William and Kate will be there.”
Despite Harry’s wish, Mr Myers cast doubts on whether the Duke of Sussex will be able to travel across the pond, as his wife Meghan is heavily pregnant.
As they announced during their landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan and Harry’s baby daughter is due in the summertime.
And, according to Mr Myers, she may arrive within weeks, making the Duke’s trip to London uncertain.
He said: “Whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer… it will certainly be in the next couple of weeks.”
Mentioning the reported tensions between Harry and William, Mr Myers added: “It’s been talked about for so many months now, this deteriorating relationship.
“And the issue is that Harry is expecting a second child – a baby girl on the way – and whether they will attend together or whether they will make separate speeches.”
Last month, a source also claimed both Dukes firmly desire to attend the statue unveiling – but added this occasion will unlikely show unity between the brothers, who are said to be planning two separate speeches.
The insider told the Sun: “They will both move heaven and earth to be there.
“They commissioned the statue together. It is very important for them.
“There is, of course, hope the memory of Diana can repair their relationship but that seems a long way off right now.”
They added: “You might have thought they’d go for a joint statement and speech but that’s not the case. Each has insisted on preparing their own.”
The relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William is believed to have been frosty for months.
In October 2019, the Duke of Sussex first admitted he and his brother would always be there for one another but were on “different paths”.
Their relationship is believed to have deteriorated further in early 2020 after the Sussexes announced their decision to step back as senior royals.
Harry has spoken about his bond with William once again in March 2021 during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying their relationship at the moment is one “of space”.
The brothers last met publicly on April 17, during the funeral of Prince Philip.
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