Prince Harry and Prince William learned two different lessons from the fallout of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s marriage, according to commentator Robert Lacey. The royal author believes the Duke of Cambridge found comfort in knowing his future as a key player within the Royal Family and was able to focus on duty.
On the other hand, the Duke of Sussex decided not to make the same mistake of his parents, Mr Lacey said.
He told Elle magazine: “There, on the one hand, you have duty, and on the other hand you have Harry emerging from the same emotional chaos.
“He takes a different lesson: his parents were locked into an arranged, loveless marriage, and he’s not going to make that mistake.
“He’s going to go for love, and that’s what he’s done with Meghan, unapologetically.
Prince Harry decided he’d ‘go for love’ after witnessing his parents’ union breaking down
Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996
“The first thing he says is he fell in love the moment he saw her.”
Prince Harry spoke about how quickly he fell in love with the then-Suits actress during their engagement interview.
Speaking about how he met the now-Duchess of Sussex, Harry said she “just tripped and fell into my life”.
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Admitting he knew immediately Meghan was “the one”, Harry added the speed at which they fell for one another was a proof the “stars were aligned”.
Mr Lacey believes the different lessons learned by William and Harry from the events taking place in the early 1990s are an embodiment of the battle between love and duty.
He said: “In 1936, it was embodied in the person of one man, Edward VIII, and is now embodied by these two boys.
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“Just as in 1936, it was duty that won, and love had to go abroad.
“I expect that is the long-term solution here: Duty in the form of William and Kate will take over the situation, and Harry and his love will enjoy the freedom of America and, I hope, obviously there will be some sort of reconciliation.”
Harry and Meghan, the expert added, are likely to remain abroad for the foreseeable future.
However, the brothers are expected to meet in public on July 1, when they are scheduled to unveil a statue of Princess Diana.
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In late August, the brothers issued a rare joint statement in which they provided an update on the artwork they commissioned in 2017 to honour their mother’s legacy.
Kensington Palace said: “The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking the Princess’s 60th birthday.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
Mr Lacey has warned the brothers should look “genuinely” at peace with one another the next time they are seen in public, as failing to do so could be dangerous for the Crown itself.
Prince Harry and Prince William are to appear together in public on July 1
Speaking of the unveiling ceremony taking place next July, the author of Battle of Brothers previously told Express.co.uk: “The main players in this dispute will be standing there in the eyes of the public and the world.
“And the world will want to know: are these brothers now reconciled or are we looking at some sort of act, some sort of pretence for the public, something they feel they ought to do?
“Now, once people start suspecting the genuineness of members of the Royal Family and their behaviour, that’s the moment when danger starts.
“If people think it is just acting and not genuine, then that’s when they lose faith in the institution.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK