Harry and Williams 10-minute chat before reunion – followed by one polite drink – The Mirror

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Harry and William reportedly spent just 10 minutes together before the Diana statue reveal – and later enjoyed one polite drink to toast their late mother.

The Duke of Sussex arrived to Kensington Palace at around 1.30pm, before making his way to the Sunken Garden, which is a public area of the palace grounds.

It is understood Harry was not greeted by his brother, but James Holt – a former press officer at Kensington Palace who now works for the Sussexes and heads up the press team of their Archewell Foundation.

Here, the brothers met just 10 minutes before the official ceremony got underway, reports the Mail.

It left them with little time for any reconciliation or heart-to-heart – but both princes reportedly had one drink together after the statue unveiling.

The two princes unveiling the statue of their late mum
The two princes unveiling the statue of their late mum
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Following the formal ceremony, champagne was served on the terrace of Kensington Palace Pavilion – where Harry stayed briefly before leaving shortly after 3pm.

Despite the brief reunion, the brothers seemed to be getting on far better than previously thought as they were seen smiling and chatting to each other at today’s event.

Paying tribute to their mum, they said: “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.”

With Diana’s siblings watching, the brothers pulled away a cloth covering the monument which will forever remind visitors to her former home of Kensington Palace about its most famous resident.

It comes after Harry and William appeared to grow closer in recent days after reportedly exchanging texts, including celebratory messages after England beat Germany 2-0 in the Euros.

Harry and William came together for the first time in months
Harry and William came together for the first time in months
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Harry flashed a smile as he walked side by side with William through the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace today.

The Duke of Sussex let out a laugh of appreciation when he saw his mother’s siblings and older brother William, who was a step ahead.

He greeted his aunt Lady Sarah McCorquodale and went on to warmly welcome his other aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer.

Ever the joker Harry kissed his aunt Sarah on both cheeks then gave her two mock-pecks as she pointed her finger at him, and he also said his hellos to the rest of the Spencer family.

Harry and William commissioned the statue in 2017
Harry and William commissioned the statue in 2017
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Socially distanced from the Spencers was Diana’s good friend Julia Samuel, who is a godparent of Prince George, and as she chatted to Harry the duke turned around to point something out in the garden.

As they revealed Diana’s statue, Harry and William shared a heartfelt tribute to their mum Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.

They said: “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.

“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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