Princess Diana 'would have understood Prince William's path'
Princess Diana ‘would have understood Prince William’s path’ in the royal family as well as being ‘sympathetic’ towards Prince Harry’s decision to leave, biographer claims
- Princess Diana ‘would have understood Prince William’s path, biographer said
- James Patterson said the royal would have ‘been sympathetic’ towards Harry
- The biographer added the Princess of Wales ‘wasn’t terribly judgmental’
- Comes as royal experts said the brothers are ‘unlikely to meet’ next month
Princess Diana ‘would have understood Prince William’s path’ within the royal family – while being ‘sympathetic’ to Prince Harry, a biographer has claimed.
The Duke of Cambridge, 40, and Duke of Sussex, 37, have not spoken face-to-face since they unveiled a statue of their late mother, Diana, last summer.
Royal experts have said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, 41, are unlikely to meet with William and his wife Kate Middleton, 40, upon their return to the UK this September.
Now biographer James Patterson , who recently penned Diana, William, & Harry, has weighed in on how the late Princess of Wales would feel about the current state of her sons’ relationship.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Patterson said: ‘I think she would’ve been very sympathetic, totally sympathetic, for what Harry did, but I think she would’ve understood Will’s path as well. She was that kind of person.’
It comes as Princes William and Harry’s former private secretary claimed that the Duke of Cambridge ‘made a conscious decision’ to put duty ahead of family after Megxit.
Princess Diana ‘would have understood Prince William’s path’ within the royal family – while being ‘sympathetic’ to Prince Harry, a biographer has claimed
Meanwhile Patterson continued: ‘She wasn’t terribly judgmental.’
Elsewhere, he said he expects the pair to repair their relationship in the future, adding he ‘would be surprised if they didn’t at some point get close again.’
His comments come as Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who is Prince George’s godfather, said William will always put the future of the Firm and the best interests of the monarchy before his relationship with his brother.
Speaking on a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, The Real Windsors: A Very Modern Prince?, he said: ‘Prince William is very analytical and asks all the questions and makes sure that he’s clear what you’re asking him to do.
Royal experts have said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, 41, are unlikely to meet with William and his wife Kate Middleton, 40, upon their return to the UK this September
‘His sort of moral compass is set absolutely rigidly due north. He has the clearest understanding of almost anybody I know of what is right and what is wrong and he won’t waiver from it, even if it means he’s going to take a hit.
‘There are many examples of when I worked for him where it would have been very easy to take one route but it wouldn’t have been the honourable or the right thing to do so he took the more difficult route.’
The documentary will be released as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to travel from their home in California to visit two charities in Britain, as well as heading to Germany for an event to commemorate a year until the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf.
However, Prince William will want to avoid Prince Harry until he’s had a chance to read his younger brother’s memoir, according to royal biographer Angela Levin.
Elsewhere, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told FEMAIL that the rift between the Cambridges and the Sussexes is ‘very deep’, meaning a reunion between the couples in the UK ‘probably won’t’ happen.
Ms Levin said Prince William and Kate, 40, are likely to be waiting to see what Prince Harry says in his upcoming memoir, set to be released this winter, before healing any rift.
‘[The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge] are extremely busy at the moment,’ said the royal author. ‘They’re moving home, need to settle their children into new schools. They’re very busy taking on so many more engagements for the Queen.
‘And I don’t know whether William would like to make amends with Harry. I think it’s very difficult and certainly not before his memoir comes out because we don’t know what he’s going to say.
‘[Harry’s] been very unkind and cruel so far. We have to wait to see what he does and maybe they won’t want to see them until all that’s out in the open and they know what he says.’
Elsewhere, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told FEMAIL that the rift between the Cambridges and the Sussexes is ‘very deep’, meaning a reunion between the couples in the UK ‘probably won’t’ happen
Mr Fitzwilliams also suggested a reunion in the UK in September is unlikely to happen, explaining: ‘I suspect that that rift is very deep, the reports are that they probably won’t.’
On September 5 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Manchester for the One Young World Summit, which brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries. Meghan will give the keynote address at the opening ceremony.
The couple will then head to Germany for an event to commemorate a year until the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf on September 6, before returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London on September 8 where Prince Harry will deliver a speech.
It is the first time the couple will be in the UK since the Jubilee celebrations in June, when they kept a low profile. They also visited in April, when they secretly met with Charles and the Queen on their way to the Netherlands.
The Duke of Cambridge and his family are moving from Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage, just a ten-minute walk from Windsor Castle, later this month.
Prince William (pictured with his wife Kate in June 2022), 40, will want to avoid Prince Harry until he’s had a chance to read his younger brother’s memoir, according to royal biographer Angela Levin
If the Sussexes stay at their home, Frogmore Cottage, they will only be a short five-minute walk from the Cambridges, who will be just 800m away when they relocate to Adelaide in the next few weeks.
It will be the first time the two couples have been neighbours since Prince Harry and Meghan moved out of Kensington Palace in 2019.
But a source reportedly said the Sussexes’s visit will be focused on ‘supporting several charities close to their hearts’, and they have no plans to see the Cambridges.
Editor of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, told the Sun: ‘I don’t think they would bump into one another unless it was pre-arranged.
‘I suppose one could go round with some flowers as a peace offering, but remember what happened last time,’ referring to claims that Meghan threw flowers from Kate in the bin after a row over bridesmaids dresses before Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018.
It is thought unlikely the couple will bring their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 14 months. Harry began legal action against the Government when he was told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of protection here after stepping back from royal life in 2020.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
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