It’s fair to say that Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is at an all-time low. Following their talks after Prince Philip’s funeral, things have stayed chilly between the two brothers, and only time will tell if and when they will reconcile.
This summer, Harry and William are due to meet for the unveiling of a new statue of their late mother, Princess Diana. But as of now, new details about their relationship as children are emerging in an old letter.
In 1985, Diana penned a letter to a former steward, writing about her two sons. The contents say a lot about how William and Harry were as children.
Harry’s relationship with William has been destroyed following his and Meghan’s leaving of the Royal Family. The Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year made things even worse. From William and Prince Charles’ perspective, it was a betrayal of their family.
Yet prior to Prince Philip’s funeral, things looked slightly better – Harry met his brother and father for the first time since the Oprah interview. Sadly, though, their talks were unproductive, and Harry even felt “ambushed” by the pair.
Harry and William on mother Diana
Of course, William and Harry’s relationship has not always been this strained. In fact, they have been two very loving brothers, bonded together through tragedy. When they were very young, their mother Diana passed away, and that was an ordeal no one but them will ever truly fathom.
In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing, the two brothers got together and talked about their mother.
Their discussion can only be summed up in one word: Love.
”When everybody says ‘she was funny, give us an example’. All I can hear is her laugh,” Harry explained.
“She was one of the naughtiest parents, she’d come and watch us play football and smuggle sweet into her socks, literally walking back from a football match and having five packages of [candy]. And just, the whole shirt was full with sweets.”
“We felt incredibly loved by her, and I’m very grateful that the love still feels there,” William said. ”It feels like a good time to remember her and hopefully provide a different side.
New Diana letters revealed
”It was that love, even though she was on the other side of the room, as her son you could feel it,” Harry added.
Growing up within the Royal Family must be a very special thing. Sure, there will never be a shortage of money, but at the same time, it’s a life about duties and responsibilities.
Just how much of a ‘normal’ childhood William and Harry had with their mother is hard to tell. But now, an old letter written by Princess Diana has surfaced.
In the letter, we get a very short, but beautiful glimpse of what William and Harry’s childhood was like. Not only that, but also the very special childhood bond between the two.
The letter from Diana was written in March of 1985, just six months after the birth of her youngest son, Harry.
“William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” Diana’s handwritten letter states, as reported by The Sun.
The letter, written by Princess Diana to a former steward at Buckingham Palace, Cyril Dickman, were sold at auction in Cambridge in 2017.
Took William and Harry out for fast food
In other letters, Princess Diana revealed how a then-older Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble” at school. Further, she also wrote about the joy of being a mother, as well as describing the “difficult period” in her life that was to follow.
Princess Diana oftentimes took William and Harry to theme parks and other fun venues. But she also knew what royal life entailed, including the fact that they had meals served at all times.
She knew the importance of William and Harry being just as any other child, even though they were royals. With this in mind, she would sneak them out of the palace to go and get fast food on occasion.
“I remember the princess came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys, I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s,” Diana’s former personal chef Darren McGrady told Marie Claire.
“And I said, ‘Oh my God – your Royal Highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s the toy they want.’”
Harry is now back in the US with his wife Meghan Markle, preparing for the birth of their second child. He had originally been planing to go back to the UK for the unveiling of the statue of his mother Princess Diana, which is set to take place on July 1 in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
That date would have marked Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.
New statue of Princess Diana
However, things seem to have changed following his trip to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral. Harry is said to have been “shocked” by the ice cold reception from his family upon his return. The fact that he felt “ambushed” by his brother and father didn’t make things any better.
According to Russell Myers, royal editor at the Daily Mirror, it’s now unclear if Harry will travel to the UK for Diana’s statue ceremony. In fact, he may well use the birth of his second child as a “convenient excuse” to not “face the family”.
“I’m told he is still committed to coming. Both camps are. Certainly Kate and William will welcome him if he wants to come back,” Myers said on talkRADIO, as quoted by the Express.
“His intention is to come back. One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I’m sure he could jump on a private jet and made a flying visit.”
“But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn’t have to come back and face the family?” he added.
There’s still plenty of time before July 1, and a good many things will probably happen before that regarding the relationship between Harry and his family.
“Might not be good news for Harry”
This will also be the crucial time in which Harry will decide whether to be a part of the unveiling of his mother’s statue or not, according to Myers.
“I think a lot will determine what happens in the interim period. Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.”
“I don’t think we will realize the fallout of that Oprah Winfrey interview for some time,” he added. “Maybe once we get back to a bit of normality, the rest of the family will start thinking about that a bit more carefully. It might not be good news for Harry.”
The statue of Diana will be unveiled in less than two months. For Harry and William, surely this is the time to try and repair their relationship. After all, celebrating and remembering their late mother is the most important thing.
But even though weeks have gone by since William and Harry’s last meeting, nothing hints that they are vying to mend their fractured relationship.
Kate important in mending relation
According to Nick Bullen, editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, William and Harry aren’t talking at all at the moment. Further, it’s speculated that Kate Middleton might be the only one that can help the brothers repair their bond.
Bullen claims she was “instrumental” in any attempts made by the brothers to forge peace during the April 17 ceremony for their late grandfather.
“It’s pretty clear that the Duchess of Cambridge was doing her best to build the bridges,” he said. “Softly, softly seems to be the order of the day.”
Meghan Markle, meanwhile, recently made a television speech from a bench in their home in Montecito, California. She spoke about the joy of she and Harry soon to be welcoming a daughter, and the fact that women need more support going forward.
“My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter,” Meghan, said.
“It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward.”
Tribute to Princess Diana
Meghan looked fabulous, and it certainly appears that she and Harry are doing great. According to The Sun, Meghan was wearing a $1,700 Carolina Herrera red poppy dress, alongside several pieces of jewelry.
But one of Meghan’s items held special significance, as it paid tribute to a very important woman. Reportedly, she wore a $25,000 Cartier watch – previously owned by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
Meghan – just like Diana before her – is greatly fond of Cartier watches. In the 90’s, Diana frequently wore hers — which was a gift from her father – at royal engagements. Meghan has reportedly now inherited Diana’s watch, and she sure wears it with style and dignity.
As per reports, Meghan bought herself a Cartier watch while starring on the television series Suits.
“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she told Hello Magazine. “I had it engraved on the back, To M.M. From M.M, and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”
“Plan to give it to my daughter”
The aforesaid interview wasn’t the first time that Meghan has worn a wonderful piece from Diana.
For the Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan wore a bracelet that belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, as reported by People. According to the Express, the bracelet has an estimated value of more than $174,000.
Suffice to say, the bracelet is special, and Meghan already has a relationship to Princess Diana’s jewelry. The same bracelet she was seen wearing during the Oprah interview was used to help craft Meghan’s engagement ring.
“The little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry told BBC in 2017.
“Obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan added.
Reached out to Diana’s friend
Meghan Markle and Princess Diana share their fair share of similarities, especially since the two were both married into the Royal Family. During the Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan revealed that she reached out to one of Diana’s friends during the time she had mental health struggles
“One of the people I reached out to was one of my husband’s mom’s best friends, one of Diana’s best friends,” Meghan said. “Because it’s, like, who else could understand what it’s actually like on the inside?”
We are so happy that the letters from Diana still exist. It sounds like she was an incredible mother to Harry and William – and we will always love her for her dedication for children all over the world.
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