Prince Harry And William Joint Engagement Honouring Princess Diana
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Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK ahead of his first joint engagement with his brother, Prince William in 15 months.
On Thursday July 1, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge will mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday by attending the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother in the sunken garden of Kensington Palace.
The royal landed back in the London last week and on Monday (June 28) made a surprise visit to the virtual Diana awards, which are held in honour of the 37-year-old’s late mother’s humanitarian legacy and celebrate young people ‘changing the world’.
While delivering a speech honouring this year’s recipients, Harry spoke about his forthcoming engagement: ‘Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum’s 60th birthday and she would have been so proud of you all for living your authentic life with purpose and compassion for others.’
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The last time the brother’s conducted royal duties together was in March 2020, when the royal family attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day. Shortly afterwards, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the US where they then resided throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
The only time the brothers have publicly reunited since was for their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
The engagement comes after months of perceived frictions between the royals following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, the first since their decision to step back as senior working members of the royal family in January 2020.
During the interview, Harry was asked about his relationship with his older brother, to which he reiterated an earlier comment he made suggesting the brothers are ‘on different paths’ but he loved William ‘to bits’ and acknowledged the shared ‘hell’ the brothers have been through together in regards to losing their mother so tragically.
Prince Harry’s visit is also his first time returning home since the birth of his second child, his daughter Lillibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, named after the Queen and his mother. It is believed Meghan has stayed in the US with her new baby and oldest son, Archie.
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