No plans for Princes’ William and Harry to meet in USA, says royal expert

Their estrangement is well-documented, and it doesn't look like Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, have any plans to meet when they are both in the US this week.

Longtime royal commentator Jennie Bond said there are "no plans" for the brothers to reunite as she spoke via video link on GB News, where she discussed Prince William and Kate Middleton's US visit this week.

William, the Prince of Wales, 40, will host his Earthshot awards in Boston this week, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pick up the Ripple of Hope award for human rights in New York City – just over half an hours' flight away.

Jennie discussed the American interest in the royal brothers, as she told GB News: “The Americans have always been obsessed with our Royal Family. I do a lot of public talking, particularly on cruise ships and you get large numbers of Americans on board, and they run towards me to ask me all sorts of questions about the Royals.

“They are fascinated by them and a little bit jealous I think about the fact that we have a royal family.

“There is this rivalry going on as well between Meghan and Harry and the William and Catherine crowd. And a lot of the publicity is about the sibling rivalry, and people are interested in will they meet."

‌She continued: “Well, no. There are absolutely no plans for the two brothers to meet.

She added: “There's this irony that in a few days' time, Meghan and Harry are going to be going to the east coast themselves to accept an award under the auspices of JFK’s brother Robert Kennedy.

‌“So, it's very ironic. One is launching the second of his Earthshot prizes. While Harry, is accepting an award alongside Meghan for standing up for what is said to be structural racism within the royal family."

S‌he went on to say that the contrast of the trips was "going to stir up a lot of feelings once again.”

There has been much tension between the once-close William and Harry, 38, over the last few years.

The brothers' relationship became more strained after Harry and Meghan announced that they were quitting their roles as senior members of the royal family.

The couple then moved to the US, where they now live in a sprawling mansion in Montecito, California, with their two children, Archie, three and Lilibet, 17 months.

Harry and Meghan further incited drama with the royal family as they made a series of explosive claims during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

They will accept their award at a gala organised by the the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation, which honours "exemplary leaders" who have shown "an unwavering commitment" to social change.

Previous winners of the Ripple of Hope award include former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is also set to be honoured at the event.

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