Report has it that Prince William ‘didn’t want to attend Princess Diana statue unveiling with Prince Harry’ after the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, sources have claimed.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, put aside personal differences and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Duke of Sussex, 37, to unveil the bronze statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden in July last year.
However insiders have now claimed that the event was almost overshadowed by William’s anger towards his brother, who had weeks before given the bombshell interview to the American media mogul.
Sources told The Times William had ‘taken the view that he could only ‘give so much’ to Harry, with the Duchess of Cambridge playing peacemaker with the brothers. One aide said: ‘[Kate] was amazing behind the scenes when Harry came.’
During an explosive chat with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, Meghan claimed Kate made her cry before she married Prince Harry as the couple dropped a series of ‘truth bombs’ including saying there was ‘concern’ over Archie’s skin colour.
When Harry was reunited with his family just weeks later at his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, Kate was the first member of the family to be seen chatting to him – and was even spotted holding back in a bid to reunite him with brother, Prince William.
One insider said that Kate had acted as a ‘peacemaker’ with Harry during the period, with another adding: ‘[William] has had a year from hell and she has been fantastic supporting him.’
At the time of the statue unveiling, the brothers were said to have barely spoken and had an ‘incredibly strained’ relationship after two years of rows over Harry’s wife and her alleged treatment of staff, the couple’s decision to emigrate to America and the tonnes of ‘truth bombs’ the Sussexes have dropped in TV interviews watched by tens of millions of people around the world.