| 19 May 2024, Sunday |

What next for William and Harry’s relationship?

Princes William and Harry will unveil on Thursday afternoon in London a statue of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, on her 60th birthday.

But – after months of speculation – how is the brothers’ relationship?

“We are stuck with each other for the rest of our lives.” That’s how Prince Harry put it in 2018 when asked about his relationship with William.

Since then so much has shifted. They may be stuck with each other – but they are currently heading in very different directions.

The reveal of the statue comes at a time of family turmoil. William and Harry will put on a united front but the close relationship between them is broken.

Sources say communications have been minimal – with deep upset and mistrust on both sides.

Looking back over interviews William and Harry have done over the years, it’s hard to avoid the thought: “How did it come to this?”

Yes, there was sibling rivalry. Yes, there was teasing. And yes, there have been arguments over the years. But what strikes you is the obvious connection they had.

There is a shared grief, a shared recovery, and a clear love and affection for one another in everything they said. Yet what seemed an unbreakable bond has shattered.

But why?

It is complicated and personal – with much of it played out in public. There have been disputes over Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, staff, public life, duty and future direction.

It has created a deep and bruising divide that is proving hard to fix.