It was the moment they had been officially planning for four years, and last week Prince William and Prince Harry finally stood side by side and unveiled the statue they’d commissioned of Princess Diana to mark what would have been her 60th birthday on 1 July.
But in recent months, royal fans had begun to doubt whether the brothers would both even make it to the unveiling, following reports that they’ve barely been on speaking terms since Harry and wife Meghan started speaking out publicly against the royals. So, to actually see William and Harry put on a united front last week and stand shoulder-to-shoulder, at Kensington’s Sunken Garden before revealing the statue and saying in a joint statement, “Every day, we wish she were still with us,” was enormously moving.
And according to insiders, we weren’t the only ones who were delighted. We’re told that, while Meghan was initially reluctant to see Harry head back to the UK – as she feared his family might make him regret the showbiz path they’ve forged in the States – she’s now had a change of heart and is completely on board when it comes to a full reconciliation. And it’s all down to a very special invitation from the Queen that’s hanging in the balance.
“The Queen has extended a massive olive branch by inviting the Sussexes to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations,” says an insider close to Harry and Meghan, who are reportedly planning to attend Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday parade, in June 2022.
“This is actually a stroke of genius on the royals’ part as it means they now need to bite their tongues and turn down any tell-all chats. They have been given this final chance to be included in festivities, which is a great honour, provided they behave themselves and play nice.”
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While it’s not yet known – or reportedly even decided – if Harry and Meghan will appear on the palace balcony beside the Queen and other family members, insiders suggest it might just be limited to working royals, which would rule them out.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan’s recent outbursts against the royals, accusing them of “neglect” and also insisting that Prince Charles had “cut [them] off financially”, despite reports to the contrary, previously sparked speculation that they wouldn’t be included at all in the Queen’s Jubilee plans. But, as heat has told you, Meghan’s been making concerted efforts to build bridges with her in-laws and win them round.
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After all, she and Harry may have an increasingly powerful Stateside brand, which includes multimillion dollar Netflix and Spotify deals, but it’s all based around their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It is claimed that, while Meghan ultimately wants Harry to be happily reunited with his family on a personal level, this is also very much about business.
“Meghan’s official stance is that neither she nor Harry will ever be silenced again,” says our source. “But while that’s still technically true, there’s a lot more at stake now that they have this invitation hanging over their heads. The bottom line is that they have this opportunity to build bridges and prove over a sustained period that they’re able to compromise and not keep slamming the royals. But it’s pretty obvious that if there are any more outbursts between now and then, the invitation will be taken away. The ball’s now firmly in Harry and Meghan’s court.”
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