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Prince Harry and Prince William could appear together in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in two weeks time to honour their mother’s legacy. And their meeting would not just be pivotal for the celebrations of what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday but also for the brothers’ relationship, according to royal commentator Phil Dampier.

Arguing the absence of Meghan from the event could be beneficial for the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge, Mr Dampier told the Sun: “This is the best opportunity for William and Harry to repair their relationship, and it may be better for the brothers to sort things out between them on their own.” 

The royal author doesn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex will travel across the pond, having given birth to her daughter just days ago.

He said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see Meghan for some time.

“I don’t think she is popular with the royals or the public in the UK anymore and I think she will prefer to stay in California with her two young children. 

“The birth of Lilibet gives her a perfect excuse not to come.”

Meghan gave birth to Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana on June 4, as announced by a spokesperson for the couple two days later.

The birth took place at a Californian hospital – Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Lili has been named after her great-grandmother’s the Queen and her late grandmother Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Prince William announced last year in a rare joint engagement they had commissioned a statue for Princess Diana, set to be unveiled on July 1.

Their message, shared by Kensington Palace, 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 recognise 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.”

Both brothers have been said to be willing to attend the important event.

Raising hopes of the Duke of Sussex’s trip to the UK, a source told the Daily Mirror last week: “Harry has said he will do his utmost to be there.

“He wants to put on a united front with William and pay an appropriate tribute to their mother.”

Rumours of a rift between Prince Harry and Prince William started circulating in early 2019.

The Duke of Sussex publicly discussed these claims during an interview with Tom Bradby carried out in Africa, saying he and his brothers were on “different paths” but would always be there for one another.

Harry spoke 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”.

After the Sussexes stepped down as senior royals at the end of March 2020, the Dukes only saw one another in person in April, when Prince Harry travelled across the Atlantic to attend the funeral of Prince Philip.

After the ceremony, the brothers were seen chatting to one another while returning to Windsor Castle.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restriction in place, Prince Harry would need to leave the US at least a week before the unveiling of the statue if he wants to attend it.

Current guidelines demand travelled coming from amber list countries such as the US to take a COVID-19 test prior to entering the borders.

People arriving from the US also must self-isolate for 10 days, during which they will need to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.

Alternatively, people can opt-in to the Test to Release scheme and, after paying for a private COVID-19 test, end their quarantine after the fifth day of self-isolation. 

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