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Prince Harry and Prince William ‘to jointly unveil Diana statue’ as brothers look to ‘draw a line’ under Megxit row

PRINCE Harry is set to unveil a statue of Princess Diana with his brother Prince William as they look to "draw a line" under the ongoing Megxit row, an insider has claimed.

According to a source close to the Duke of Sussex, he has insisted he wants to be at the event this summer despite any fallout from his and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey, which airs in the US tonight.

The insider told the Telegraph that Harry is "determined to stand shoulder to shoulder" with his brother and "present a united front" at Kensington Palace on what would have been their mother's 60th birthday on July 1.

It would be the first time the brothers have been seen together since Commonwealth Day last March.

The Duke reportedly counts tonight's tell-all chat with Oprah as the couple's last-word on what has happened over their departure from the royal family and they now want to move on from it.

Meghan - who denies claims she bullied staff - accused royals of spreading lies about her in a preview clip released by CBS last week.

And the family are braced for new disclosures that could deepen the rift between Harry and William when the full interview is aired tonight.

The bust-up has reportedly caused "great sadness" to Harry's brother and their father Prince Charles.

The insider told the Telegraph: “It was something they felt they wanted and needed to do but now they have done it, they feel a line has been drawn under that chapter of their lives and they want to move on.”

When Harry, 36, and William, 38, issued an announcement last year regarding the installation, it was the first time they had spoken publicly together since Harry moved to his new £8million Santa Barbara mansion with wife Meghan and son Archie.

Tensions reportedly grew between the pair when William pulled his brother aside asking "are you sure about this?" around the time Meghan and Harry announced their engagement in 2017.

As the couple's relationship continued, claims that the former actress clashed with Kate Middleton also surfaced - including reports that Meghan, 39, made the duchess cry during wedding preparations.

Whether Harry would be able to make it back to the UK for the unveiling of the statue - originally commissioned in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana and to recognise her positive impact on the world - had been thrown into question before plans for the interview with Oprah had been announced.

Covid travel restrictions, together with lockdown, quarantine and the news that Meghan is pregnant with their second child, had left already left a question mark over Harry being able to attend the ceremony - as well as other events.

His grandfather Prince Philip's 100th birthday on June 10 and Trooping the Colour on June 12 are also in his diary, but uncertainty also hangs over whether he will be able to make it back for those.

Another stall in his plans comes after it was revealed that Meghan may never return to Britain after her bombshell Oprah interview angered the royal family.

Insiders fear she and Prince Harry could have burnt their bridges by failing to tell family members what was in the two-hour chat before being shown in the US tonight.

Sources say royals including the Queen were not planning to watch the interview, to be shown here on ITV at 9pm tomorrow (Monday).

A staff insider said: “Everyone would welcome Harry back on his own. He is still Prince Harry.

“But after this interview you have to question whether Meghan has any intention in ever returning to Britain."

It comes after it was claimed Prince William and Kate Middleton “feel desperately sad” about the estrangement of Meghan and Harry, but still hold out hope of a reconciliation.

Harry and Wills rift is 'last thing Diana would want' amid Oprah interview row

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