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Harry and William 'call a truce' ahead of unveiling of Diana statue

Prince William and Harry will put differences aside to attend the unveiling of a new statue of their mother next month after communicating with 'minimal' texts, royal biographers have said.

The unveiling of a new statue of Diana, the princess of Wales, could help thaw frosty ties between her sons who are both due to be at the July 1 ceremony in the gardens of Kensington Palace.  

The princes will walk together to unveil the statue they commissioned to mark what would have been their mother's 60th birthday before giving their individual speeches.

It will be the first time the pair reunite since Prince Philip's funeral in April. The pair have failed to reconcile since the Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, sources claim.

A source told The Sun: 'Harry and William have only communicated by text since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. There have not been any personal chats or proper talks, just a very brief and minimal exchange of text messages.

Prince William and Harry will put differences aside to attend the unveiling of a new statue of their mother next month

'The relationship is still very much strained and there's no sign yet that there will be any sort of coming together any time soon.'        

Omid Scobie, a journalist and writer whose 2020 book 'Finding Freedom' covers Harry and Meghan's marriage and move to the United States, said he expects the event 'will demonstrate that both of them are able to be cordial and respectful when it comes to remembering the life of their mother, despite their differences'.

The once-close brothers, who studied together at Britain's elite Eton school, and both served in the military, have become distant since Harry's marriage to Meghan and the couple's move to California.

The brothers' meeting could remind them 'how well' they work together to preserve the legacy of their mother, who was killed in a Paris car crash, aged 36, in 1997, Scobie told the Foreign Press Association in London, answering a question from AFP.

'Maybe that will be the icebreaker that is needed,' he added, while saying the princes would not be able to talk privately at the large event and 'there's a lot to be discussed'.

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It is believed Charles, the Prince of Wales, will stay in Scotland when his youngest son Harry flies into England for the ceremony next month, The Sun reports.

The brothers showed 'a little bit of this at Prince Philip's funeral', Scobie added, referring to their conservation after the funeral of their grandfather, Queen Elizabeth II's late husband, on April 17.

In a sensational Oprah Winfrey interview in March, Harry and Meghan accused the royal family of racism, saying a member had asked about the skin colour of Harry and Meghan's future child.

The royal family responded by saying 'some recollections may vary' and promised to look into the claim.

William, second-in-line to the throne and also known as the Duke of Cambridge, only commented briefly, saying: 'We're very much not a racist family'.

Scobie, a royal correspondent for US media, is sympathetic to Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in the book he co-authored with fellow journalist Carolyn Durand.

Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England

He is often seen as unofficial spokesman for them, although he denies this, insisting he simply has very good sources.

He said Friday that despite initial reports that Meghan was planning to attend the statue unveiling, this was never on the cards since she gave birth to the couple's second child earlier this month.

But the couple will both come to Britain next year when the Queen, 95, marks 70 years since she acceded to the throne, he predicted.

'I would imagine that next year during the Queen's Jubilee, we will see both Harry and Megan supporting the Queen,' he said.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that the Duke of Sussex now wants his own journalist to cover the day.

Harry and Meghan have long decried the coverage they receive from the British media, claiming it is UK-biased and lacks diversity. Not wishing to leave the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace to the official 'Royal Rota' of journalists, they are now expected to 'appoint' at least one approved writer to work alongside them.

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