Prince Harry and William rift ‘still there’, royal editor tells Lorraine Kelly

Royal expert Russell Myers has revealed he thinks Prince Harry and Prince William's alleged rift is "still there", ahead of their mum Princess Diana's statue unveiling this month.

Russell, who is the Royal Editor of the Daily Mirror, joined host Lorraine Kelly on Monday's episode of her ITV chat show to discuss the royal brothers and their relationship.

This comes ahead of the unveiling of their late mum Princess Diana's 60th birthday statue set to take place on July 1 – a commemorative statue to celebrate the Princess of Wales on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The statue is set to be placed and unveiled in Diana's favourite spot on Kensington Palace's grounds, in the Sunken Gardens, and both brothers will be in attendance.

Speaking about Harry and William's reported rift, Russell told Lorraine that the conflict is still ongoing.

He said: "This rift we've been talking about for so long. Unfortunately it's still there.

"There are very very limited contact between the two of them. I understand it's been a few text messages here."

Lorraine then replied expressing her sadness at the issue, saying "That's a shame isn't it?".

This follows previous reports that Harry's return to the UK to attend the event was put in doubt amid the alleged royal feud – with royal experts such as Phil Dampier claiming Harry and Meghan would attend the event.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed Meghan would not be flying to London for the ceremony, following contradictory reports.

The Duchess of Sussex give birth to her second child earlier this month.

Prince William is even claimed by royal experts to have played a part in Meghan not coming to the event, with Charlotte Griffiths saying the decision was "50 per cent William", and that it was "not the right time to bring Meghan in because there is so much tension between William and Meghan particularly."

However, on Lorraine's show Myers did then go on to suggest there could be some hope for the future of Harry and William's brotherly bond at their mum's statue unveiling.

He continued on the event: "However, this statue that we've been talking about for so long – next Thursday, July 1st…"

"The boys have been working on this since 2017 so I understand they will be making separate speeches, paying tribute to the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley."

"So hopefully it will go without an issue".

Indeed, Harry and William are believed to have worked closely with the sculptor over the last few months according to The Sun, which would mean Harry and William are prioritising their mum.

The upcoming statue is said to be "incredible", and both brothers will have had to sign off the piece, a source told The Sun.

The source said: "I know he did work closely with the boys and I think it will be incredible. We’re lucky to have him as an artist in the UK.”

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A source close to the Palace commented: "Prince William and Prince Harry have dreamed of doing this for a long time.

"They were both just boys when their mother passed away, but are both now fully grown men and want to honour her in the best way possible."

"It has taken 20 years for this to finally come to ­fruition so they are determined it will be a lasting and fitting legacy in what is their official London residence and a place special to them both."

Lorraine airs on weekday morning between 8:30am and 9:25am.

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