Prince Harry & William ‘want to make their own personal addresses’ at the July unveiling

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For months now, the British tabloids have hyped the “reunion” of Prince Harry and Prince William for the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace in July. The statue is of Princess Diana, and it’s still set to be unveiled on Diana’s 60th birthday. When Prince Philip passed away, the reunion between the brothers happened sooner than the tabloids were expecting, so of course the British media made asses out of themselves, in what should absolutely be seen as a preview of what will happen if Harry returns to London in July. It’s all very stupid, especially considering Meghan’s “early summer” due date and the fact that the brothers can barely look at each other without seething. But look, we’re supposed to care that IF Harry comes to the thing, he’ll want to make a separate speech.

Princes Harry and William will give separate speeches when their mum’s statue is unveiled — highlighting their ongoing rift. Harry, 36, will stand with his brother, 39, when the Diana memorial is revealed in July. But in a sign their feud has yet to heal, there will be no joint address.

The Kensington Palace ceremony is a long-term project between the brothers, who fell out over Harry’s decision to quit as a working royal. Hopes of improved relations were raised after they chatted at Prince Philip’s funeral last month.

A source said: “They will both move heaven and earth to be there. They commissioned the statue together. It is very important for them. There is, of course, hope the memory of Diana can repair their relationship but that seems a long way off right now. The brothers will be physically together for the ceremony but want to make their own personal addresses. You might have thought they’d go for a joint statement and speech but that’s not the case. Each has insisted on preparing their own. It is a big concern that their body language will suggest all is not well and they won’t present a united front.”

The statue will be unveiled on what would have been the 60th birthday of Princess Diana, who died in 1997. Harry’s pregnant wife Meghan, 39, is expected to stay in the US. The Queen is also unlikely to go. Another source said: “She feels this is William and Harry’s event and would not want to overshadow them.”

[From The Sun]

Is William the one going on and on about this? Or is this just the Sun making sh-t up, or making assumptions based on random courtier gossip? I can’t tell, honestly. I have no doubt that William thinks he’s “in charge” of the event and that he’s hyping this privately and making big plans. But I also think that the tabloids are simply desperate to write about Harry and Meghan in general, and find a way to “get” H&M back on British soil so they’ll have something to write about besides the Dullbridges’ promises to be keen. Anyway, I rolled my eyes so hard at “It is a big concern that their body language will suggest all is not well and they won’t present a united front.” The jig is up, sources. We know William and Harry are fighting.

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  1. PEARL GREY says:

    I wonder if the British media are aware that Harry and the other brother aren’t conjoined twins who must do everything together. No, wait, of course they are, but there’s still money to be made out of the “bad blood brothers” feud story so they will sensationalise everything they do for all it’s worth. Harry is a grown man who doesn’t need to have William by his side. It’s William that is descending into a rage pit without Harry to break the fall. This is yet another non-story but I suspect William would have wanted a joint address only because he knows Harry’s words always come across better than anything he and his team can put together. His disgracefully shady tribute to Prince Philip is a prime example of what happens when he can’t piggyback off of Harry.

    • Seraphina says:

      Thank you. You said exactly what I was thinking. Prince Henry is a grown man and of course he will give his own address. Good Lord.

    • Alexandria says:

      British media know what they’re doing, they just have no integrity.

      • BooyahB!tches says:

        They are literally the scum of the earth

      • Yvette says:

        @Alexandria … That, and they’re always attempting to rewrite history. William was angry and full of incandescent rage at Harry and Meghan long before they left for Canada and then the U.S.

    • Lizzythe2 says:

      I would have expected separate speeches even if they had not had this falling out. They both have different memories that are important to them individually. It’s ridiculous this is being made an issue. This is about Diana, not the brothers. Same as Prince Phillips funeral, the press making it about the brothers was in poor taste. They both loved their grandfather.

  2. Becks1 says:

    LOL, so in other words Harry won’t let William sign his name to something that Harry writes, or Harry refuses to let William have the final say in what is said. Good for him.

    My guess is this a precursor to the announcement that Harry isn’t going, and we’ll get a pre recorded message from him that is released that day.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah thats my take as well – Harry is refusing to let Cain take the lead/credit for anything he says or does.

      And yeah I suspect Harry won’t be there and Cain will then use it to make it all about him and how Diana’s legacy is his and only his.

    • Cecilia says:

      @becks1 i just said the same thing. This is harry refusing to let William take credit for something he wrote.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Exactly. Harry will compose something thoughtful and lovely, and left to his own devices, William will do some statement centered only on himself and his grievances.

      • Haylie says:

        Yup. Just like with Phillip’s death. When Will does his own homework, he bombs.

      • LMR says:

        Correct. W came across as a royal jerk with his Phillip statement, and the RF and BM know it. Whether we can expect a repeat of that at the statue unveiling is up to KP’s new crisis PR team.

      • ennie says:

        shhh! don’t tell them!

    • Snuffles says:

      Yeah, I’m going with prerecorded message too. And if William is a dick and refuses to air it during the ceremony, Harry will release it separately.

      He should record it while holding his new baby girl who he named in a way to honor Diana.

      • L84Tea says:

        Ooh, that would be amazing.

      • Lurker25 says:

        What if H &M name baby montecito Artemis? The Greek form of Diana. We know they like Greek root words (Archewell). Or Athena… Similar strong woman figure.

      • Antonym says:

        @Lurker25 – I can see Artemis as a middle name for baby Montecito. Or maybe a derivative of Artemis for the baby’s name and then Artemis as a charity name. Sort of like Archie/ Archewell (I know Archewell wasn’t named after Archie, but it could still be a nice pattern).

      • Soupie says:

        @Snuffles
        Perfect. Exactly what the new dad should do.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I could see this, as part of another announcement of them donating funds or creating a new partnership in a field related to Diana. Say, a donation to an anti-landmine charity. Video posted on Archewell and the charity website.

    • Myra says:

      I’m really hoping for a pre-recorded message, as well. Harry’s message will probably be heartfelt and the other brother will find a way to include some pettiness in his.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yep, my take too—exactly.

  3. Frida_K says:

    I hope with all my heart that he doesn’t go. This is not a healthy situation for him and I’m sick of Baldimort leeching off of his charisma and star power.

    Imagine how boring and acidic this will be without Harry? They need him to go. But I still hope that he stays home.

    We’ll have to see, won’t we?

    • Seraphina says:

      I think he will go. This is for his mother’s memory and she was and still is a huge influence in his life. There is no way he will not go. Plus, the spiteful side of me thinks he and Meghan will make sure to write something that will effortlessly make Willy look pale in comparison.

      • Cecilia says:

        I think it depends on the birth of his daughter. If its to close to the statue unveiling date, he won’t go. If she is born at the end of may or very beginning of june, he probably will go.

      • Snuffles says:

        He does NOT need to be physically there to honor his mother. He honors his mother daily with the work he is doing. This is just one brief moment and should not take priority over the birth of his CHILD.

        ETA: William, on the other hand, NEEDS this event because every bit of his lingering good will is because he’s one of Diana’s boys. Because he has done nothing in his life to earn any respect on his own.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Snuffles, I have not factored in the birth of his daughter in my response. My thought was solely based on whether he would attend or not – all things considered equal and status quo as they are right now.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Agree, Snuffles. He shows his love and support of his mother through the type of work he does. No need to show up for a dog-and-pony show with his abusive elder brother.

      • Becks1 says:

        I’ve been on the side of “he will definitely go depending on the birth of his daughter” and I still think that’s true.

        But I also agree that William needs harry to be there – the PRESS needs harry to be there. Let’s admit it, statute unveilings, even ones related to Diana, are pretty boring. Harry being there automatically makes the event more interesting, and of course gives the press weeks of stories about the William vs. Harry feud.

      • Tessa says:

        I don’t think he should go. Why not speak via Skype. It sends a bad message if he is there without his family and William is with his. The spin is that he “belongs” with William and Kate and the bots call Meghan all sorts of names.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or release his own video statement as others have suggested, through Archewell or a charity. If he does a Skype? W&K record it, edit however they want, and put it on their new YT channel to up their views.

      • Chaine says:

        Tbh I don’t think he needs to go. It’s a frickin statue. Statues of historical figures in the greater London metro area are a dime a dozen. Does anyone care about it apart from the opportunity to see feuding brothers forced into each other’s orbits?

      • Carmen-JamRock says:

        Seraphina says:
        May 11, 2021 at 8:46 am
        @Snuffles “I have not factored in the birth of his daughter in my response. My thought was solely based on whether he would attend or not – all things considered equal and status quo as they are right now.”

        Wow. Just…..wow. No words. Didnt factor in the birth of his daughter, huh? How typical.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Carmen-JamRock, back off and get off your high horse while you do so.
        I am human and didn’t really focus on the ESTIMATED birth day of the child since mine never came on time.
        Not sure who pissed in your cereal this morning, but I am sure it’s easy to stereotype me as “typical” as you hide behind your screen and alias. Some would label you a cyber bully.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Does anyone remember years ago Harry did a dedication section to Diana in a garden? The entire immediate BRF made it except for Will and Kate that had a vacation to skip off to after they just had a vacation.

        The rest came out and all seemed especially proud of what Harry Harry organized and said.

        Maybe it was for Diana’s 50th?

      • notasugarhere says:

        He did 2-3 gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, from award winning designers. Two for Sentebale and one for Hope for Heroes/Invictus Games.

        The first Sentebale one, Forget Me Not, had a circular feature that was dedicated for Diana (and Seeiso’s mother iirc). W&K never showed up to congratulate him for any of them. Queen, Charles, and Camilla even came to opening of that first one, and posed with Harry on the circular platform.

    • L84Tea says:

      Originally I wanted him to go, but after the funeral, I hope he doesn’t. The BM turned an old man’s funeral into an absolute circus over these two, when it should have been about Philip. This event is a whole other beast though, because it does center itself around W&H. The circus will have it’s own circus. It will be absolute mayhem, and frankly, the RR’s do not deserve all the material it will provide them. They’ll find every way possible to treat Harry like absolute shit, while simultaneously using him for clicks and for good PR (cough…Kate). They do not deserve Harry. None of them do.

      • Seraphina says:

        Very true – all you said. And I agree that they turned the funeral into a media clown show over the brothers. And Wills acted, well like he spoiled toddler he is.

      • Dl says:

        It was super sad that this man who worked by the queens side for more than 70 years, was a servicemen in his own right, was completely overshadowed by Cannot’s Glamour Shots and two grown men,s behavior at their Grandfather’s funeral. I am in no way blaming Prince Harry for this. He acted with honor and dignity. The BM and Willnot did not

    • Jan says:

      Guys are you forgetting Harry has two jobs.

      • Seraphina says:

        Oh yeah! Thank you. I keep lumping him in with his brother and forget he is employed.

      • Becks1 says:

        Well he has several jobs, but let’s not kid ourselves that he has standard 9-5 hours and 2 weeks vacation (yes non-US people, some companies only give you 2 weeks vacation here, its a mess.) His work is not going to be the reason that he doesnt attend.

        (I’m not saying he’s not working hard, just that at his level, the flexibility is usually a lot different than it is for some of us peons.)

    • Lady D says:

      @Frida_K, the days of Baldimort leeching off Harry have been abruptly curtailed. Harry showing up in the U.K. once or twice a year is him throwing William a bone. Willie is floundering without Harry’s input this past year and it shows.

      • L84Tea says:

        You’re so right, even though it should seem obvious. But yeah, he really can’t function without Harry. William has always seemed rather aimless to me, but this past year he’s aimless on a whole other level, and I think it’s become more obvious to people now. Even Kate comes off appearing “busier” with her Hold Still project. Yes, we all know it’s bs fluff, but at least she’s got something to try and play off as work. What does William have? A whole steaming pile of nothing. The fact that he’s had to tag along with Kate shows how useless he’s made his position. He is truly pathetic. Take away all the money and pomp and he is a complete loser.

      • Nyro says:

        L84Tea,
        He is indeed aimless. I never realized how much of a drag he was all these years but it’s clearer now then ever that he absolutely just riding Harry’s coattails and being given credit for Harry’s work and charisma. It was always “aren’t the young royals great, they’re so much like Diana!” The fact is, it was always Harry who was great and like his mother. William has never done anything of note on his own. Like you said, even though it’s nothing but a vanity project, at least Kate is pretending to have a “cause”. William can’t even do that. His team had to throw together “Earthshot”, an awards show so he can do nothing but walk the red carpet and sit in the audience listening to people thanking him. And yet, he can’t even do any promotion for that or expand on it. Earth shot was announced and he’s literally done nothing about it since. Nothing. Not even a staged zoom meeting or a ” slick” YouTube video explaining exactly what it is. Nothing. He’s a lazy bum ass playboy, everything the Firm tried to paint Harry as, minus the fun-loving part. You’re right, he’s just totally useless.

  4. Izzy says:

    Willieleaks is the one who was unable to adult at the funeral, needing his cousin to act as chaperone while they *checks notes* walked in silence at a funeral procession.

  5. Cecilia says:

    Since its the sun im taking it with a pinch of salt but if i were Harry i would want to make my own speech too. Because if they would do it “together” william would let Harry make the speech so that he can then read it and get credit for it

    • swirlmamad says:

      Yup. Put it out there now so that there’s no confusion that whatever is said by Harry, is HARRY’S sole words. Let Willy put everyone to sleep with his self-serving blather. I agree that I would bet he will be putting out a video speech as he’ll be home cuddling his daughter rather than giving those snakes a second of his physical presence.

      • Chica says:

        I think if he doesn’t Go in person and does a video speech then Harry too should be surrounded by his family, as they would have accompanied him to the statue in the UK, as they do the Shamebridges

    • JT says:

      Why would they do a joint speech anyway? That would look so juvenile. Two grown men standing side by side sharing a speech? How would they even break that up? Trade off every other paragraph? No sh*t Harry would make his own speech. It sounds like TOB doesn’t want to be outclassed by Harry, as we know The Better Brother would come up with something more superior, like their speeches commemorating Philip. Harry knocked it right out of the park.

      • Cecilia says:

        I don’t think a joint speech is actually that weird. Its being done all the time. Obviously they wouldn’t read it together. It would simply be a speech written on behalf of the brothers and they could both have some input and then one of the 2 will read it. But knowing what i know of william, he would make harry do all the writing so that HE can then read it and take credit for it.

      • JT says:

        @Cecilia That’s a good point and if was anybody else, it could work but it’s Will. He’ll probably just want to take credit because he isn’t good at making speeches. And he’s an a**. Besides the men have different experiences of their mother and it would be more impactful to reflect that. They both took different lessons from her life and death and I imagine how they feel about it would be different anyway.

  6. Lauren says:

    The whole article is worded as if there is no doubt whatsoever that Harry WILL be at the statue unveiling, that tells me all I need to know. Still ignoring the slight matter of Harry’s daughter being born around that same time.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      IKR!?! And its not just the shitrags ignoring that most important upcoming event for H&M.

      I’m trying to rmbr how soon after Archie was born, that H went to a charity polo match in Italy for Sentebale. Rmbr how the shitrags gleefully piled on on him for leaving his newborn so soon?

      Ok I just looked it up He traveled to Italy May 23 for the May 24 match (for a 24-hr turnaround). Archie was born May 6 so thats 21/2 wks after the birth of his firstborn that he was away from home for the first time.

      Anyhooo…….no one knows anything yet about the time of the birth of H&M’s daughter or how smoothly everything will go so whether he’ll go to UK for the statue unveiling or not is decisively up in the air at this time.

      • Becks1 says:

        he went to the Hague the same week Archie was born, but it was only for a day, for Invictus (remember he got the cute little onesie lol.)

      • swirlmamad says:

        The thing is, I don’t think we can look at those times right after Archie was born when he went to those engagements in the same way. One, they were both for very short periods of time (24-48 hrs max). Two, those were both for his personal charities that are very dear to his heart and I guarantee he had Meghan’s blessing to be there both times. Three, while the Diana statue is honoring his mother, and you can’t get more personal than that, there is SO MUCH SH*T that went down between then and now that will absolutely go into his decision to attend. I think H&M are more aware than anyone just how much of a rabid frenzy the RRs will be in if he attends. This event will be a level of insanity we can’t even begin to imagine. They had to (attempt to) restrain themselves for the funeral and that was some epic f*cksh*t in itself.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Remember Kate straight up saying to a reporter William wasn’t around much for George’s 1st 6 months. He Had a separate residence from his new family and called Kate for vacation with him leaving George behind? They went to the Maldives for a week. George was weeks old.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate only got that 10 day Maldives vacation, when George was 8 months old, because William was caught on a hunting holiday with Jecca the same time the Midds were having Baby’s First Mustique Holiday. That’s why Kate allowed the airport photos of her carrying the baby to be published, because it showed William was off with Jecca while she was on a family holiday. She got her 10 day kid-free holiday a week or so later. Nanny Maria had *just* started her job and was left to care for George AND deal with Carole.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Nota
        Idk why I remember the Maldives happening sooner. I think because so much of the child free discussion centered around breast feeding and the pre pumped vs. formula supplemental vs. benefits of fresh.

  7. BayTampaBay says:

    “Or is this just the Sun making sh-t up”

    YES!

    ETA: I think Harry will be there.

  8. Levans says:

    I don’t think Harry will actually go. Maybe this is Wills way of trying to bait Harry into going for the unveiling.

  9. Noor says:

    I wonder whether building a statue of Diana is a good way to remember her. Would not the money be better spend in a more life enhancing manner for eg a scholarship fund for landmines victims.

    Also is Kensington Palace trying to make use of Diana for their own PR. Is there not a statue of Princess Diana at Hyde Park, Why need another statue and why at Kensington Palace?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Historic Royal Palaces (based at KP, but not royal-controlled) has used Diana for money for years. They’ve had multiple Diana clothing exhibits, or exhibits where her wedding dress has been part of a larger display.

  10. Jais says:

    The detail about the queen not going bc she doesn’t want to overshadow them…lol.

    • Seraphina says:

      Liz is probably exhausted by all the chaos around her. And now the Kent scandal. She is probably napping away the day and just wants to be left alone. Heck, I would too at her age. Plus, we all know all eyes are on WIlly Leaks and Harry.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        I think QE2 is all out of f**ks to give about ANY of her family (Andrew excepted, of course) and has decided to just let them do whatever.

      • Sunshine says:

        This actually has nothing to do with the Queen… or Charles.
        Diana was no a “royal” at the time of her death. She and her partner at the time died. And, Harry is currently not a working royal either. So, technically, this is personal, no official for the brothers.

      • Becks1 says:

        The Queen has attended other memorials for Diana – she opened the fountain in Hyde Park, I remember her quote at the time was something like “of course there were some hard times, but she was a remarkable woman” or something about how the good times are what you remember, I can’t recall and I’m not googling lol. (the pretty fountain that looks like a river.) I think Charles may have attended as well.

        So, it wouldnt be unprecedented for the Queen to attend, but I think this is about Diana’s sons and the Queen and Charles are going to stay away. Also, I think the Queen is probably tired and is thankful for an excuse to stay home, lol.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The fountain ended up being a debacle. Some thought it looked like a WC. People slipped on the wet stone, were injured, had to be in hospital. There was fear of drownings, it flooded repeatedly, constantly clogged up with leaves and sticks. It was sinking. Had to be extensively re-worked at significant cost.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Nota don’t tell me that! I thought it looked so pretty lol.

    • SarahCS says:

      I also think that enough of the general public remember her reaction to Diana dying and wouldn’t particularly welcome her being there. It feels a bit close to Charles turning up.

      • Tessa says:

        The whole Camilla attending thing would come up again like it did in 2007. That would detract from the ceremony if she and Charles were there. They made their feelings known towards Diana via those Junor books (she said they cooperated with her).

      • notasugarhere says:

        Queen, Charles, and Camilla all showed up (and were welcomed by Harry) at the inaugural Sentebale Garden at Chelsea – which was dedicated to Diana.

  11. Sofia says:

    I’m not particularly fussed if Harry goes nor will I hold it against him if he does. And before anyone goes “Meghan is due soon!” Yes I know! But if Harry goes then there is 0 doubt in my mind he’s going with anything less than Meghan’s 100% support and encouragement.

    If he doesn’t go, it’s fine and understandable but if he does, I’m not going to be angry at Harry.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I won’t be “angry” at him either. While I personally wouldn’t go if I were him, and certainly not at the expense of spending time with my either super-duper-pregnant or newly postpartum wife and adorable kiddo(s), the fact remains that he is a grown man who is capable of making his own life decisions. I think even the Squad forgets this at times. He’s the one who has front row seats to what is REALLY happening with this family behind the scenes, and is the best positioned to make the right decisions for himself and his family.

      • Legalease says:

        Couldn’t have said it better.

      • bloemheks says:

        When I start getting too upset I have to remind myself that neither Harry nor Meghan read the tabloids or monitor social media. They just go about their business. I think their fans are having a significant impact on the way they are reported on, especially in the US, but it does take its toll emotionally. Harry being at the statue unveiling is going to be rough for their defenders, myself included. It’s hard not to get invested.

        For what it’s worth I don’t think they will make the decision based on what the media will do. He’ll show up to honor his mother, give a moving speech, and hop on a plane back to Montecito. Much like Prince Philip’s funeral, there will be a media frenzy, but after it’s all over all the speculation and drama will have been much ado about nothing. The BM didn’t end up getting the mileage out of the funeral they thought they were going to. If he decides to go I think the statue unveiling will be much the same.

  12. ABritGuest says:

    Yeah this article is typical BS from the Sun. even that line about the queen not going so as to not overshadow- like when has she attended the memorial events? Ridiculous. When they did the Diana concert they both took turns saying their own words so why is it an issue now?

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ ABritGuest, exactly!! Why wouldn’t they make separate speeches, so now they are creating this new dialogue that it was unheard of them making separate speeches when it’s been done in the past multiple times. They need those clicks as PWT and Keen Doucheness don’t get the clicks!!

  13. S808 says:

    I hope this statue was the brother’s project before things went south cause if not it’s so weird that the BRF would make a statue of Diana after abusing her. I wouldn’t want any parts of that.

    • Jais says:

      Agree. Also made me think how interesting it would be if one day there was a statue of Meghan even after all the abuse. Stranger things and all. Feel like she’d prefer something else though.

  14. Eurydice says:

    I don’t understand. Why wouldn’t they each make their own speech? Who in their right mind would expect a “joint statement” at a memorial for their mother?

    • swirlmamad says:

      Obsessive weirdos who love to infantilize these people as if they are caricatures rather than actual functioning adults.

    • Chaine says:

      IKR?! The only other options would be either only one of them speaks, which would be weird, or that both of them chant the same speech in unison, which would be even weirder and would require some practice to do with any aplomb, and they’ll not have time to practice as Harry if he comes at all will be jetting in and out.

    • molly says:

      I thought the same thing. It’s not like the agenda for the statue event is already packed with activity. The talking is the point. They have time for two speeches, I’m sure.

      (Also, my money is on Harry not being there. I think he would have if Meghan wasn’t due so close.)

  15. mariahlee says:

    IMO, if Harry can’t make it, the unveiling should be postponed. I understand the significance of the date, and that the project’s been delayed before, but it wouldn’t be fair if only William and his family got to attend the event bc Harry & Meg have their baby — a totally uncontrollable thing. And it would also be weird/inappropriate if H left a recently postpartum Meg at home, as the UK papers suggest.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Agreed. I get they originally planned this to coincide with a milestone birthday of Diana’s, but the fact remains that this statue isn’t going anywhere. They can do it next year instead. Life be that way sometimes — everything is not always going to go to plan!

      • JT says:

        To be honest they need Harry there in the first place for the coverage. Bread and Bitter do not command the attention that Harry has and they know it. The Keens will surely get the front pages of the rags, maybe a few stateside outlets, but widespread international coverage? Nope. Harry’s words honoring Philip were covered in several countries and if he adds in Meg, the Keens should just stay home.

    • bloemheks says:

      The press would love that. I’ll be glad when it’s over and done with whether he goes or not. We might get a few minutes of peace before they start speculating about the Queen’s funeral.

  16. Beff says:

    So Harry is expected to fly across the world to sit there and listen to Wills wax poetic about their mother as he sits silently? That’s what William envisions their mother’s statue unveiling to look like? They just keep telling on themselves.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Beff, by then Harry will be vaccinated. What will the rules be in the UK? Will he still have to quarantine? I have no idea what percentage of the population has been vaccinated in England, but I don’t think we can completely ignore the pandemic. Harry flying in and out quickly might be possible, or not.

      I remember when Harry went to Invictus after Archie was born, but can we talk for just a moment about the length of that flight? Let’s remember that getting from California to England takes a lot longer than the flights for Invictus and Endeavor. I think the BM is wanting clicks.

      • lemonylips says:

        UK is the best vaxxed country in Europe. It’s a crazy story, Brexit vise as well and would take me a lot to go through it. I’ve lived there and have moved during the pandemic back to my EU country. Cause UK was one of the worst. If vaxxed fully people won’t have to be quarantined. That is my understanding now.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        lemonylips, thank you for the info. So, I guess it’s just a matter of the length of the flights coming and going. My search shows it’s about 11 1/2 hours, but I have no idea if that includes layovers or changing planes. Zowee, I’d hate to be the one who would fly there, do my biz and then immediately fly back again. That’s almost 24 hours of travel time by air alone.

  17. Lizzie says:

    I think they are trying to make Harry sound uncooperative because of course the heir should make the only statement . TOB is justifiably worried that Harry will get a bigger reaction than he will.

  18. Harper says:

    I would have expected Harry and TOB to each prepare a speech for the unveiling before everything hit the fan, so this article is pretty stupid. And of course their body language will be stiff and awkward; Will engaged the tabloids to go after Meghan and it brought her to the brink of suicide but Will and Kate are painting themselves as the victims instead of taking the necessary steps to reconcile. Will needed his cousin in between him and Harry for a funeral procession so yes to the continuing awkward body language as long as TOB acts like a coward.

  19. Alexandria says:

    I personally wouldn’t go. Anyway it’s his decision to make, we can only pray for his safety.

  20. Gobo says:

    I wonder if he’ll do a live video feed. It makes the most sense. That way he won’t have to share anything re his speech in advance and can remain close to his wife and children.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      This is the only commonsense solution. Zoom/remote/virtual IS the new normal, afterall. Covid isnt going anywhere soon, so companies/organizations have had to adapt.

      I have 2 upcoming events….one is an annual SME summit organized by a financial institution & the other will be a virtual expo by an int’l organization and both will be even more creative, innovative and interactive than if they were to be held in the usual, rent-a-big-hall-or-a-hotel-and-fill-it-with-people way.

      H&M’s UK Team will handle the set up of a big-screen to project H from his Montecito home where he will deliver his live-streamed speech globally.

  21. Kalana says:

    Both brothers will “move heaven and earth to be there” at KP. Uh, the most William will have to do is take a helicopter from Norfolk. Harry is the one with a baby due at that time.

    The Sussexes should ban the Cambridges from using this for their YouTube channel.

  22. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Dear God, it’s just a bloody statue, a lump of insensate bronze. Diana’s true legacy is Harry and his children, born and unborn. Let him record a speech which he releases to Omid Scobie and leave PWT to it.

  23. Oh says:

    Harry traveled twice when Archie was born, and Archie wasn’t even a month old at the time. I don’t know why some people think that this time he will care about his newborn daughter and won’t travel for her lol… he will go and Meghan will get all the blame and hate.

    • Em says:

      Was there a pandemic then?

    • Snuffles says:

      That was at a time where he could go in an out quickly and not have to quarantine for a week and loose precious time with his young family while dealing assholes who want to abuse and leech off of him.

    • Sofia says:

      Jeez what is with the Harry hate? What is this line: “this time he will care about his newborn daughter and won’t travel for her”?????

      You guys can disagree with Harry’s actions (that he hasn’t done yet btw) without trying to make him into a shitty dad who doesn’t care about his kid(s).

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh is one of the posters who thinks that Harry shouldn’t have gone to the funeral or spoken to William etc.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Tessa appears to be headed down that road as well.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Yeah, this is pretty nasty and uncalled for — Harry “doesn’t care” about his unborn daughter? Does OH even hear themselves?

      • Sofia says:

        I think some fans need to stop taking decisions made by the Sussexes so personally. It’s okay to disagree with their actions but there is a line between that and acting so upset with what they’ve done/said as if it directly affects you.

      • Tessa says:

        No I am not headed down that road. I do think that it all depends on when the baby is born. If she goes into labor a day before Harry boards a jet I think he needs to be with her. It was good Harry went to the funeral but it was not his fault that the tabs made the funeral about him and William and it seems to have been made as a PR exercise for Kate. Nevertheless, it was OK for Harry to go since the baby was not imminent. I think Harry disliked the idea of being subject to Will’s toxicity but he did need to go.

    • Merricat says:

      That was before he and Meghan had a miscarriage.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, Harry went to the Hague for a day when Archie was three days old and he went to Italy for a weekend when Archie was a few weeks old – so clearly there is precedent for Harry leaving for short periods of time for things that are important to him (the Hague was for Invictus, Italy was for polo I think for Sentebale). Archie is clearly not scarred that Harry was not with him 24/7 when he was first born and if Harry chose to attend this unveiling, baby girl sussex would be just fine.

      the bigger issues here are that it’s a much longer flight now for Harry, and that he would need to quarantine in the UK for a week, so that adds extra time.

      • Tessa says:

        This time though his wife is pregnant, suppose she is heavily pregnant and could give birth at any time. NO way would he leave her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Tessa, he did leave his heavily pregnant wife to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Odds are very good Meghan will have already delivered by 1 July, the date of the unveiling.

        Questions are whether it is wise to travel again in a global pandemic, with multiple variants, and have to quarantine away from a newborn upon return. And to also deal in person with an abusive brother who only wants to use you for PR.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Tessa I am of the opinion that Meghan is due a lot sooner than we think, like maybe late May/early June, so the baby will be born by the time of the unveiling.

        Regardless, Harry is going to do what is right for him and his family and we as fans/supporters need to not take it personally.

      • Chica says:

        I don’t know how many people are mothers commenting on this but no one has any idea how Meghan’s birth will unfold. No idea if babygirl is colicky, if M has PPD or had a freaking c-section. No idea how Archie, who has just entered the terrible twos stage will react to having a new baby in the house. No idea how this pregnancy and birth will defer from her first and then there is the pandemic all happening in the backdrop. It was Archie when Harry left him joke with Meghan at 3days old and 2 and a half weeks. It will be Archie and a newborn this time around. Doria was there the first time and I’m sure she will be there this time, but still.

        To me…it’s really too soon to know anything at all, but I lean towards the side that it would be better if he did not attend unless they all could. Clearly he will do whatever they’ve agreed to and only after things elapse will the wisdom of whether or not it was a good idea will be clear.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Chica – I have kids so trust me, I am well aware of the things that could happen surrounding the baby’s birth.

        My stance has always been that Harry will attend the unveiling if it works for him and Meghan and their children (i.e. depending on when the baby is born, other health issues, etc). No one thinks that he should go if Meghan is two days post c-section or is overdue and the baby isn’t born yet etc. Of course not. But he’s not going to miss the unveiling bc people on the internet imply that going is a sign he’s “giving in” or “doesnt love his daughter” or whatever else people insist. He’s certainly not going to miss it because of William.

      • Tessa says:

        It depends on a lot of things. Easy birth hopefully, no problem. But if there were some problems and there was needed a c section, he should stay. Sophie unexpectedly started labor and had to be rushed to a hospital. I expect though Meghan will have an easy birth.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She didn’t go into labour, she had acute placental abruption. Edward was out of the country, there was a mess up with the emergency call, and it took extra long for Sophie to be taken to hospital. Emergency caesarian and the need for nine pints of blood transfusions.

    • Jaded says:

      William is that you?

    • bloemheks says:

      She’s going to get much more blame if he doesn’t go. He is her hostage after all. I don’t really understand the fixation on him not traveling after his daughter is born, but maybe that’s because I’m American and had all my kids before paternity leave was even an idea.

      He relocated to another continent and left the RF family to keep her and Archie safe so this idea he suddenly doesn’t love them if he goes to a funeral or statue unveiling doesn’t make any sense. Whether he goes or not it will be with Meghan’s 100% support.

  24. lanne says:

    I think this is pure speculation. I’m sure that Harry and Meghan have not shared their plans for the summer with anyone, and the tabloids have nothing better to write about. This is wish fulfilment on their part–this is what they hope happens so they can write about it. They don’t have any other information about Harry and Meghan, and the Sussexes are the only royals who drive lots of traffic to their pages. These stories are likely pressure from advertisers more than anything else. They have to keep the names of Harry and Meghan on their pages to satisfy their advertisers.

    That’s why it doesn’t really matter what any other royal does. The Rent a Kents could take a dump on the dining room table at Buckingham Palace, Pedo Andy and Fergie could run out of a bank with their hands full of 100 pound notes, and the tabloids would still be writing “Harry blinked twice on the stage–he’s signalling that he’s a hostage.” It’s all about those advertising dollars

    • LMR says:

      Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall at a staff meeting of one of these tabloids?
      What are we going to do?
      We need more H&M coverage!
      What BS stories can we concoct this week?
      WE ARE DESPERATE!

      • lanne says:

        I think it would be even funnier to hear the phone call between the tabloid editors and the courtiers. ”

        Tabloids: We need info on Harry NOW
        Courtier: Um, he’s coming to the statue unveiling? I think?
        Tabloid: Get us new info OR ELSE
        Courtier: Yes, yes, he’s DEFINITELY coming.
        Tabloid: How are the rose gardens looking in Norfolk these days
        Courtier: Here’s your story. Harry’s coming for sure for sure for sure.
        Tabloid: About that art gallery at Houghton Hall–
        Courtier: Wanna talk to Meghan’s dad? I’ll get him on line 3.

      • Rose says:

        I just spit out my coffee in giggles! Lanne and LMR you made my day!

    • Capepopsie says:

      @lanne 😂😂 Thanks for making me laugh! Besides, I totally agree!

  25. Ainsley7 says:

    I wish they hadn’t felt the need to do this at all. There are already four memorials around KP. A seven mile walk, a playground, a fountain, and a garden. The garden, unveiled in 2017, is where the statue is going. It was supposed to be unveiled with the garden, but they couldn’t agree on what it should look like. They should have skipped the statue and given the money to a charity.

    • Jais says:

      If Harry doesn’t go to the unveiling maybe he will donate to a charity in her name and announce it on archwell that day. Like yeah there’s a statue but it’s only one way to honor my mom and here’s another.

  26. chimes@midnight says:

    It’s a f—ing statue. God love a duck. I’m absolutely exhausted from the British Media acting like the whole thing is wired to blow if Harry isn’t there to cut a bloody ribbon.

    I also cannot even with the irony of a tribute to Princess Diana being used to try and destroy someone in the press.

  27. Tessa says:

    So many comments are by Cambridge stans who “wish” Harry could be as happy as when he and william were children and/or when Harry was one big happy family with the Cambridges. Dreadful.

  28. Tessa says:

    Harry is a decent man who would not leave his wife, young son and baby to “help” his brother. It would flare up all the social media comments from bots who tell Harry to “go home” and deride his wife.

    • notasugarhere says:

      So he’s ‘indecent’ if he attends a memorial for his beloved late mother? WTF is up with commenters on here lately.

      It isn’t about ‘helping his brother’, it is about honouring his late mother. If he goes, it is his choice, and it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his wife, son, and daughter.

      If he goes, Meghan will be torn apart on SM. If he doesn’t go, Meghan will be torn apart on SM. That’s the way it is.

      • Tessa says:

        It all depends. Easy birth, well in advance, no problem. If she is not well or she is rushed to the hospital. DIfferent story. The trouble is if he goes without her, it opens the floodgates of bots who trash her and want Harry to be a family again with William and Kate!!!! And some go as far as saying SHE is not welcome here. I just find it nauseating.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And yet that isn’t what you said in your initial comment. Your initial comment makes it clear you think that if he goes AT ALL to ‘help his brother’, he is indecent.

  29. Tessa says:

    It will be a fiasco with Kate preening and getting close ups and her stans proclaiming her the New Diana.

    • Jais says:

      I mean Kate is gonna preen whether Harry goes or not. Preening is kinda her thing. So just prepare yourself for The Keen Queen of Preen that day. There’s no escaping it so just gird your loins.

      • Tessa says:

        I can picture her wearing nearly a copy of an iconic outfit Diana wore to blast to the media that she is the NEW Diana. And this time rather than push the spin that Charlotte LOOKS like the Queen, she will be looking like Diana.

  30. Amy Bee says:

    The Sun’s source talking about body language and a joint statement sounds like a member of the royal rota not a courtier. Harry’s not going to be there, I’m sure of it.

  31. Chloe says:

    I secretly hope that Meghan and Harry name their daughter Diana and then he announces the name in his speech, and how he plans to raise his children as equals and always loving and respecting of each as his Mother had wanted for her children.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I hope they don’t. Charlotte is already burdened with that name.

    • RobinKeefe says:

      I also hope they do not and do not expect them to as it would burden their daughter with expectations from others. Anyway, there should be just one Diana in this family

    • Tessa says:

      Frances or Cynthia are Spencer names. Maybe those as first names and Diana as a middle name.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        That’s funny that Cynthia’s a traditional Spencer name- it’s also a variant of Diana. (They’re both names for the Greek goddess Artemis.)

      • notasugarhere says:

        I see no homage to Diana in using either of those names. At the end of her life, Diana was at war with all of her Spencer relatives, especially her brother. She hated her mother Frances most of her life too.

      • swirlmamad says:

        I think Frances Diana would be WAYYYYYY too much to saddle a little baby with.

  32. Chaine says:

    The only way he will get there is if he and Meghan fudged the birth time frame to Oprah and secretly have baby girl earlier than we are all speculating.

    • lanne says:

      Well, saying the time of the birth is “summer” isn’t exactly allowing for any date to be fudged.

      • Chaine says:

        But it’s not summer yet, and what if they’ve already had baby and we just don’t know? was my meaning.

  33. Louise177 says:

    Why separate statements is a big deal I don’t know. I would have expected that. We’re they supposed to take turns reading a speech? I don’t know why people think Harry doesn’t care about the statue. If he didn’t he wouldn’t have been involved from the beginning or would say he wasn’t going because of COVID and Meghan’s due date. I think he’s planning to go. He won’t if Meghan is due a couple of weeks before/after of the unveiling. This is about his mother not the Royal Family.

    • MsIam says:

      The statue was planned before everything went to sh!t with his brother. People can change their priorities and how they feel about things. I’m in the camp of “not going” . I think if he were, we would have heard by now. I think he’ll do a taped address. The courtiers and Keens have only themselves to blame for this mess, let them sort it out.

      • Lady D says:

        I was going to say Harry should inform the press he won’t be there to end the speculation, but the BP would just switch to his disrespect towards his mother and brother by not attending.

      • Jais says:

        Hmm I don’t know if he will go and whether he does is his choice. I’d rather him not cuz I don’t trust his fam lol but I’m not him. Just had the thought though that Harry may have worked and discussed the statue a lot with the artist and others organizing the statue. Perhaps not but knowing Harry he would want to support the sculptor and others involved. Obv he can support through a video and obv there’s a baby and a pandemic to consider but I could see that being a possible motivation in Harry wanting to attend besides just honoring his mother.

  34. equality says:

    The children and grandchildren of Prince Philip all issued their own thoughts on his death and that was seen as fine. Why would Harry and Will be expected to act as one person and combine thoughts about their mum?

  35. Over it says:

    So they fell out because Harry quit, not because Baldimort was throwing him and his wife under the racist bus for years and Harry finally had enough. Interesting how these asswipes see things

  36. L4frimaire says:

    You know, if Diana had 6 kids are something, the separate speeches by each child might be a logistical nightmare and time suck. But since she had only two, a few words said by each one, who have had very different life experiences, especially after this pandemic, should be ok. Honestly this statue unveiling is turning into something way bigger than it ever should have been.

    • Tessa says:

      I remember Harry gave the speech (only Harry) at the 2007 Diana Memorial but I am not expecting William to allow that now.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Considering how the tributes for Philip went, I doubt Willliam wants Harry to write and deliver his own speech to be compared against his. It will be interesting to see.

      • L4frimaire says:

        They should just do it like an awards ceremony where they’re taking turns reading off the same cue cards. I know they both love their mother, are both fighting to claim her legacy because everything is a fight these days ( although some are fighting more than others looking at the FFK), but kinda don’t care about this and whether Harry goes to it or not, or if it even takes place.

  37. Jay says:

    This is an example of the media (possibly with the encouragement of sources in William’s camp) setting false goalposts in order to set Harry up for failure. This is exactly what happened with Harry coming to Phillip’s funeral – there was a lot of talk about the brothers reuniting and standing shoulder to shoulder, and when that did not happen, Harry mostly took the blame. Now, anything less than showing up in person for a speech that competes with his brother (make no mistake, that’s what they are hoping for here) next to this statue will be treated as a “failure”, unless Harry chooses not to accept the media premise in the first place. I imagine he already knows how to best honour her memory in his own way, and I hope he does that. Maybe a scholarship or a contribution to a dance-related charity in her name, as others have suggested? I’ll bet people would get on board with that just as they have for Archie’s birthday vaccine drive.

    I don’t know what Diana herself would have wanted, but I would rather a legacy that was useful and carried on my values rather than a statue of how I once looked. Statues can crumble, after all. I’d rather ensure the future than try to preserve a past.

    • Tessa says:

      Harry is blamed no matter what. The media and social media are relentless in this regard. Just horrible to see.

  38. Jaded says:

    My guess is Harry will post a beautifully worded and heartfelt tribute to Diana that will blow the Cambridges’ out of the water. I can totally see William working some shade into his address along the lines of “We’re truly saddened that my brother chose not to attend this very special event but know he is honouring our mother in his own special way….” yadda yadda yadda. He’s not above this passive-aggressive sh*t as we all know.

  39. A Guest says:

    How does a joint speech work? Does Cain, the Incandescent, say one line and then Harry says one?

  40. Feeshalori says:

    A joint speech is written on behalf of those involved but only one would deliver it representing the other. So you would (or should) hear inclusive phrasing like “my brother and l, we.” In this case, William would most likely demand to deliver the speech and depending on who wrote it, it could be awful or brilliant. If Harry writes a heartfelt speech, he certainly doesn’t want William to get the credit for it if TOB reads it. And at this point, Harry doesn’t want anyone speaking for him anymore.

  41. bloemheks says:

    I don’t envy Harry (or Meghan) having to make this decision. I think he will go honor his mother and show he isn’t afraid of the RF or the BM, but we’ll see. There’s not a clear-cut right or wrong decision here.

  42. Ginger says:

    You can tell William is DESPERATE for Harry to come to the UK for the unveiling. He owes it to the press. He is under their control and he has to deliver.

    I have no idea if Harry will go. I’m not going to be mad if he does. It’s his life and he makes decisions that are best for him and his family. I respect and support Harry in whatever decision he makes.

    • swirlmamad says:

      See, I’m of the mind that William DOESN’T want Harry to go. Then he can “control” the narrative, while avoiding being compared to Harry esp if they each make a speech, etc. Harry might be struggling with the decision because he doesn’t want to leave Meghan and the kids for any length of time, but he also may not want to give William the opportunity to erase him from this symbol of his mother’s legacy. But again, all we’re doing is speculating here.

      • Lizzie says:

        He’s worried Harry will get another standing ovation while he gets a golf clap.

  43. TeamMeg says:

    Diana only had two sons. Why wouldn’t we expect each of them to deliver their own speech at this special event? It would make as much sense for one brother to speak on behalf of the other as it would for William and Harry to recite a single speech in unison, like grade school children at an assembly. This whole story is bonkers.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Honestly, is it even a special event?
      The BRF tortured the woman from start to finish. They only invoke her memory to ride off her endless good PR. Which they desperately need. To make it a BRF event is completely self serving.

  44. Courtney B says:

    There’s never any talk of Harry appearing by zoom. I’d love for him to do that. Don’t step foot in England, still attend the ceremony and make his own speech. It’ll likely never happen but I’m actually a little surprised a remote appearance is never even mentioned.

    • MeToForever says:

      @Swirilmamad, I get what you’re saying and you of course are correct. It’s up to Harry what he choose to do and I’m sure Meghan (better than me human that she is) supports him completely. I also agree with @Bloemheks that it’s difficult out here for the HnM fans who stay pushing back against the BM. I truly hope they, Meghan especially aren’t reading the bile, but the fans are aware of everything and has to push back constantly and especially keep it from infiltrating the US.

      That said, I wish with all my heart that Harry stays home with his family. He doesn’t need to be in England to honor his mother, the pandemic has taught us that we can get by w/o most of the traveling to places we used to do. Main reason I hope he doesn’t go is that, I feel like the narrative surrounding him being their without his family, Meghan particularly, is especially cruel. I know, she’s attacked either way, but it’s just awful the way they went on when she couldn’t be there with him for Phillip’s funeral. This will be worse and while he can’t live his life considering the BM, I would say, they, both of them need a little distance from the lot over there.

  45. Curious says:

    the press is speculating. only Harry knows if he can attend or not.. Meghan have a due date that only they knows about .. plus she went 1 week overdue with Archie. so lots to consider .don’t know how the press knows there will be 2 speeches. not seen anywhere Harry made any statement lately about the statue of his mother. from the time he departed after Phillip funeral, Harry/Meghan been very busy with their projects and charities.

  46. Curious says:

    the statue of Diana in her garden at KP is to make more money .visitors will flock to her garden. have no clue if that garden was her peaceful place. don’t know if she ever had a peaceful place. her life was screwed since she was 19. don’t know if seeing flowers helped her in any way to stop charles from cheating on her. she never had a place to call her own. the only time i saw happy pics of her is when she was with her children on holidays, she was on a yacht enjoying a fun happy life with her sons. doubt she went to look at flowers when her husband was rude and disrespecting her.

  47. Dl says:

    Ok tell me. How many buttons, big or small, will be on Cannot prairie dress for the unveiling? That is far more important. Just a fun way to look at something besides what B M are pushing. Pun intended😅. I say a corn flower blue with lots of big buttons

    • Curious says:

      Catherine will doll up like she did for Phillip funeral.cause she will expect if Harry is coming ,Meghan will not be with him. she will dress to impress Harry .so she can catch his eye.. she is like a teenager looking for that love rush. while harry knowing what sort of woman she is .don’t give 2 sheets for her. this woman tried to screw his wife. why will he ever gave her any of his time. she is pushy. inserting herself in everything to get Harry attention. publicly he can’t tell her to piss off while cameras are rolling. so he is cordial. i am sure he can’t stomach her after what she did to his wife.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @DI-lol. Keen Kate will probably wear a pink Catherine Walker V neck summer coat dress with 3 buttons and excessive Diana jewelry pieces. Christopher Jackson will be there to get all the “candid” pictures of Kate.

  48. Curious says:

    William should never be allowed to speak for Harry. what William and his wife did to Meghan is what the press did to his mother.William should bury his bald head in shame.William and his wife have shown no respect to Harry and his wife at all.