Prince William is said to have made a nod to his brother Prince Harry at the recent private reception at Kensington Palace to thank donors and friends for the Princess Diana statue.
The event, previously postponed due to Covid, was held earlier this week to thank the donors who helped fund the statue of Diana unveiled earlier this year.
Harry, 37, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, were rumoured to be flying over for the event but even with the latest ease in travel restrictions, meaning they would no longer need to quarantine on arrival in the UK, the Sussexes did not attend.
Prince William, 39, did attend the private event and “spoke on behalf of himself and his brother”.
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A source told The Sun: “William spoke on behalf of himself and his brother. It was very intimate and sweet.
“There was a real family feel as many of Diana’s 17 godchildren were also there.”
The source continued: “William made a brilliant speech saying thank you from him and Harry and how happy they both were with the statue.
“He mentioned Harry by name. The brothers are barely on speaking terms but it’s clear the Princess Di statue has done some good.”
OK! has contacted Kensington Palace for further comment.
Despite the reported ongoing hostility between the brothers, following Harry and Meghan’s explosive Oprah interview earlier this year, the royal siblings reunited for the unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday on 1 July this year.
The new statue was unveiled in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace by William and Harry and they appeared in high spirits, as they came face-to-face for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral back in April.
William and Harry released a joint statement after unveiling the statue.
They said: “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”
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