Royal fans were delighted to see warring brothers William, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reunited to mourn the queen’s death, but according to royal expert Richard Kay, “Rarely has the relationship between princes once so close looked so strained, nor the gulf between them so wide.” Writing for the Daily Mail, Princess Diana’s long-time friend pointed out the striking differences between how the siblings looked while mourning their mother and grandmother. Kay noted how, earlier this week, both men stared firmly ahead, “impervious to those watching on who hoped for some small sign of reconciliation, some exchange of brotherly love, a flicker of forgiveness even.”
Sadly, according to the commentator, “There was none,” since the princes were duty-bound by the formality of the occasion. Kay argued that, since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to take centerstage alongside everybody else — in stark contrast to the Platinum Jubilee when they were relegated to the background — Harry should seize the opportunity to finally make things right.
But both sides must work together to do so, and Kay isn’t convinced that the Sussexes will be willing to give up “commercializing” their lives to get back in the family’s good graces. As royal expert Kinsey Schofield explained to TMZ, without the queen, it’s likely going to be an uphill battle regardless, since the late monarch typically played peace-maker between the couple and the rest of the royals.