If Harry is to renew brotherly bond he must abandon his accusatory stance- MARGARET HOLDER


IT took the Queen’s saddest day to reconcile feuding brothers William and Harry.

Perhaps it was the sight of grieving relatives that reminded him of how creating his new world meant losing the old one.

There was space between Harry and William before and during the service but as the family filed out, William’s ever-reliable wife Kate, broke the ice with a few words before the two brothers spoke publicly to each other for the first time in over a year.

It will be a short-lived reunion. Harry will reconnect with Hollywood’s synthetic values in a world peopled with those who would not give him a glance if he were plain Harry Wales.

The damage done by the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is not easily cast aside. For a truly renewed bond between Harry and William, the prodigal prince needs to abandon his accusatory stance for an apologetic one.

William will have to find a way of forgiving. The Sussexes’ attack on Kate in the Oprah interview is a particularly difficult point for the Prince.

Harry has had a chance to build bridges in this short and sad visit but he must at least give an undertaking that there will be no more barbed attacks on the family.

The tragic loss of his mother remains a determining factor in his life. In the foreword of a book, Hospital By The Hill, dedicated to children who lost parents through Covid, Harry wrote: “When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me.”

Only he and William share that loss along with their childhood memories of Diana. Only they can try to heal their breach before the unveiling of her statue on July 1.