William waved white flag at Harry by accepting statue requests – expert

Prince William might have "waved the white flag" by accepting his brother Prince Harry's requests for Princess Diana's statue unveiling, a royal commentator has suggested.

The brothers, whose relationship is widely believed to have deterioriated in recent months, made a rare public appearance together to unveil the statue of their late mother at Kensington Palace on Thursday (July 2).

It was a scaled-back event with only a handful of guests and journalists – with not even Kate Middleton being present.

Daniela Elser said that the lack of journalists and no-show from Kate could suggest that William was surrendering to what Harry wanted for the event.

The commentator claimed that it was "noteworthy" that The Duchess of Cambridge did not attend despite the event taking pace in Kensington Palace, where the Cambridges live in a 20-room four-storey apartment.

Covid restrictions may have played a part but, according to The Telegraph, royal aides feared Harry would feel "outflanked" if both Cambridges were in attendance.

It was also reported by the Daily Mail that Harry allegedly wanted "his own journalist to cover the day" and didn't want "to leave the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace to the official 'Royal Rota' of journalists".

Omid Scobie, however, recently said on his podcast both brothers were keen on a scaling back of media.

Daniela wrote in news.com.au that the fact that the Kensington Palace event didn't invite the mainstream press, despite the Cambridges "much healthier working relationship" with them, is "highly unlikely to be an accident."

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She added: "That the mainstream press was not involved on this occasion, only Harry’s second time back on British soil and the first event over which he had any say post-Megxit, is particularly noteworthy."

The royal commenter still thinks there is a long way to go to rebuilding the brothers' relationship, despite Harry's requests seemingly being catered to.

Elser said: "However, while William might have waved the white flag for this week’s ceremony, it would seem that we are a long way from some new-found era of princely peace breaking out."

The ceremony saw crowds outside Kensington Palace who held up photos and flags in tribute to the 'People's Princess' on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The royal brothers made no speeches at the ceremony, but said in a joint statement: "Today, on what would have been our Mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.

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"Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.

"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

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