Though Prince Harry and Prince William put on a united front at Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, royal expert Katie Nicholl believes it will still be a long time before the brothers and their respective wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, ever step out all together.
"I think the idea of seeing this reprisal of the Fab Four — Harry and Meghan, William and Kate — is really so far down the future," she noted to Entertainment Tonight. "It's almost quite hard to even envision it at the moment. So much has happened. There is so much hurt on either side."
According to Nicholl, it was their father Prince Charles' "idea" to have his sons spend some time together after the funeral concluded. "There really wasn't any other time as Prince Harry was in self-isolation for the days leading up to the funeral for them to get together," she explained.
At one point, the patriarch joined the boys for a walk around Windsor Castle.
"I think it was quite an important meeting and, as I said, it was Charles’ suggestion. William was also there, and Harry was also happy to go along with that," she shared. "And that really was the first time that the three of them, father and sons, were able to come together and have a private, informal meeting."
That being said, their rift is "not going to be resolved in one or two family meetings," Nicholl noted.
"The idea that Harry's suddenly going to come around to William's way of thinking, and vice versa, I think is a way off," she insisted. "I think there do need to be more conversations, there's clearly still a lot of hurt, a lot of resentment, and a degree of mistrust on both parts."
"It's early days, but I think the hope is that come July — when we are hoping to see the brothers stand once again shoulder by shoulder to unveil the statue in memory of their mother [Princess Diana] — that the relationship will be stronger and in a better place," Nicholl predicted.
The statue, which was "commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of [Diana's] death and recognise her positive impact in the U.K. and around the world," will debut at Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden on July 1, which would have been Diana's 60th birthday.