A royal insider said: “Everyone is hoping this will help heal old wounds. ”
With the two princes involved in a rift that would have left their mother heartbroken, it is fitting that she is the one who could now reunite them again.
The couple have reunited to complete a statue of Princess Diana which will be unveiled at her former home in Kensington Palace on July 1 next year – which would have been her 60th birthday.
It is hoped that the move will help the brothers heal their fractured relationship, which has led Harry and his wife Meghan to step down from their royal roles in favor of a new life in America.
They joined together to finalize details after years of arguing over the statue they commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in 2017.
A royal insider said: “Everyone is hoping this could be the start of something new in their relationship that will help heal old wounds. ”
William, 38, and Harry, 35, were tasked with recognizing ‘Diana’s positive impact in the UK and around the world’.
The princes said: “We hope the statue will help everyone who visits Kensington Palace reflect on our mother’s life and her legacy.”
It is understood that the brothers have been in contact in recent weeks to discuss options to move the project forward in time for an unveiling ceremony.
Royal sources said they expected the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to all attend the celebration.
It could be the first time they have seen each other face to face with Harry and Meghan likely to spend Christmas in California after moving to a £ 11million house in Montecito.
Members of the royal family, including the Queen and Prince Charles, implored the two to once again find the common ground and friendship their mother worked so hard to foster.
Sustained by Diana’s deep love and the same affection for the two of them, they have grown inseparable, but in recent months they have admitted their struggle to maintain the closeness they once had.
The publication of a revealing biography, touted as ‘the truth’ behind Harry and Meghan’s departure with which they allegedly cooperated, also did little to ease tensions between the two sides.
He claimed that ‘Harry had become frustrated that he and Meghan had often taken a backseat for other family members’ and added that they were unhappy to have to queue behind William or Prince Charles when they planned a tour or a new initiative.
Sources close to Meghan, 39, also suggested she felt abandoned by Kate, 38, when she joined the family and pregnant with her first child, Archie.
Her lawyers have made the astonishing statement that the American felt “unprotected” by the institution during her two years in Britain before stepping down from office in January.
The well-placed insider said: “William was furious at how they blinded the Queen and made their plan public, despite multiple offers of help to help them chart the course for their independence.
In a revealing interview with a documentary crew during their tour of southern Africa last October, Harry laid bare the brothers’ relationship, confessing that they were “on different paths”.
William reportedly told a friend as Harry and Meghan announced their new bombshell in January that they were stepping down from their royal roles: “I’ve put my arm around my brother our whole life. I can not do this anymore.
Plans for the statue have been marred by delays due to “differences of opinion” on the design as well as the coronavirus crisis, it is understood.
A palace source said: “The project is so personal to them, they both wanted to get it right.
“They are now very happy with the way things are progressing with the design which is almost complete and ready for installation next year. “
William was 15 and Harry just 12 when Diana died in a car crash in 1997 in Paris.
When they first unveiled the statues projects, they said, “Our mother touched so many lives.”
The princes chose sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley for the project.
He created a 17 inch statue of Irek Mukhamedo and produced the image of the queen used on British coins.
Waiting game for the queen’s sculptor
William and Harry together entrusted their most valuable project to Ian Rank-Broadley, a famous British sculptor whose portraits of the Queen are used on British coins.
A wooden cutout of Diana sits in her Gloucestershire workshop, as the sculptor awaits further instructions from William and Harry.
In July last year, Prince William reportedly told people gathered outside Kensington Palace on what would have been his mother’s 58th birthday that the sculpture would be completed “very soon”.
Mr. Rank-Broadley has works in the permanent collections of the British Museum and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In 1997 he won a Royal Mint competition for his design of the Queen Mother’s Centenary Crown Coin.