On July 1, Prince Harry will once again come face-to-face with his family to attend the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue at Kensington Palace. But since he's still not on good terms with Prince William and the rest of the brood, sister-in-law Kate Middleton is trying to play the role of peacekeeper.
The statue — which the siblings said will "recognize her positive impact in the U.K." — was commissioned by the brothers in 2017, and the ceremony will mark what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.
"The Duchess has seen this project evolve from its conception and now to the finished article and undoubtedly wants to be there to support her husband," a source shared with The Mirror. "No doubt there will be tensions between the Cambridges and Harry, but they all recognize that despite the obvious and deep rooted issues between them, they want the day to be solely about the Princess of Wales’ enduring legacy."
Many people praised Kate when she ensured that the brothers played nice when they reunited at Prince Philip's funeral in April.
"They were very tense as they walked into that chapel," royal expert Katie Nicholl noted of the situation. "As they came out of it, you could see some tension diffused. And I think that was largely down to the Duchess of Cambridge, who made a point of speaking to Harry and when she did that, you can see them visibly relax."
"It's always been my understanding that behind the scenes, Kate has tried very hard to forge a rapprochement and act as a peacemaker between William and Harry. She loves Harry. She says that she is the sister that he never had," Nicholl continued. "She has been heartbroken to see them fall out, and I think she is one of the few people, one of the few family members who would actually be able to push the brothers together, which she did in a very subtle way, but was very effective."
Harry is expected to return to the U.K. ahead of the ceremony and will quarantine at Frogmore Cottage. It's believed that Meghan Markle will stay home in California since she just welcomed their daughter, Lilibet, less than a month ago.