As we discussed yesterday, Us Weekly’s royal coverage has gotten pretty good. It feels truthy, and they’ve really done a good job capturing Prince William’s general pettiness and bully vibes. Reportedly, “William feels that Harry has gotten too big for his boots since moving to California — that success and Hollywood have gone to his head.” Baldemort is very upset that his brother is hot, successful, happy and free, and Other Brother is “insisting” that he and Harry meet before they unveil the Diana statue in Kensington gardens this summer. Us Weekly obviously wrote and published this story before Prince Philip’s passing, and it does feel like Philip’s death the big new reset for royal relations. Still, it’s worth talking about this:
Prince William made good on his promise to call his brother after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell CBS interview, but according to a source, the upcoming tribute to Princess Diana “was the only topic they discussed” during the tense chat.
“The conversation Harry and William had after the big interview didn’t end well. And yes, they agreed over the statue, but communication between them was sparse and over email and WhatsApp,” the source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, made headlines last month after they detailed their time working for Queen Elizabeth II, alleging that they experienced racism, mental health struggles and more. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t seen William, 38, or any members of the monarchy since their final engagement as working royals in March 2020, Harry is expected to return to London to install a statue of his late mother, Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.
“Harry has so much going on in his life work-wise and is busy planning for the arrival of their daughter that he’s trying not to overthink the consequences that may arise upon his return to the U.K.,” the source says, noting that William insists that the brothers meet before the public appearance. “All eyes will be on them at the unveiling, critics will be analyzing their every move and how they interact with each other. He doesn’t believe that it’s feasible for them to reunite in the public eye without showing signs of tension if they don’t thrash out their differences in advance.”
“The statue is to reflect on Diana’s legacy, not their feud, and William wants to keep it that way,” the source says. “But Harry is refusing to meet up with William and won’t be bossed around by his brother. His stubbornness is making a bad situation worse.”
[From Us Weekly]
This summarizes so much about the brothers’ relationship at this point: “Harry is refusing to meet up with William and won’t be bossed around by his brother. His stubbornness is making a bad situation worse.” Harry is being called “stubborn” because he refuses to be bullied and bossed around by his racist clownshow brother. That’s it in a nutshell. The Other Brother thinks he’s the “boss” of Harry and Harry is like “f–k that noise.” Anyway, I had been hoping that Harry would simply avoid the Bitter Island for the rest of the year – Meghan’s due date is coming up and why bother with all of these Baldingham machinations? But Philip’s death really changes that equation. It seems like Harry will absolutely have to see his family sooner than he was expecting when he will be expected to fly in for the funeral. Will Meghan go? Is she too far along in her pregnancy to fly, especially on a long-haul flight from California to London? Hm. But yeah… it’s going to a mess between the brothers, and it’s going to be a mess for the Sussexes in the British press.
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