PRINCE Harry’s Megxit row could have jeopardised his and William’s plans for a Diana statue, according to royal sources.
The two brothers have been working on a permanent tribute to their late mother for three years to commemorate 20 years since her death.
Prince William and Prince Harry commissioned a statue in memory of their mother Princess Diana
Originally, the statue was due to be completed and displayed in Kensington Gardens last year but William and Harry announced it had been delayed.
And now it appears Harry’s decision to leave the royal family and move to Canada could have put off the statue’s completion even more.
One of Princess Diana’s friends told the Daily Mail: “There has been disagreement over the preliminary models, what period in the princess’s life the statue should represent.
“It will be a great shame if these latest developments jeopardise this project.”
The statue was commissioned in January 2017, with both brothers saying the time was right to “recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world”.
Harry and William then revealed renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley – known for his portrait of the Queen on coins – would be creating the piece.
But the plans were delayed in May 2019 as both brothers were determined to “get it right”.
It comes as HOAR revealed today how Harry and William have ended their two-year feud after realising it was “now or never”.
Toward the end of 2018, it was reportedMeghan and sister-in-law Kate Middleton had clashed – but it was revealed shortly afterwards that theroyal feud was actually between William and Harry.
BROTHERS AT WAR
TheDuke of Sussexhadaccused his once-close brother of trying to “wreck his relationship” withMeghan.
William had told Harry to take his relationship with the former actress slowly after he was first introduced to her at Kensington Palace.
The comments sparked a rift between the two and tore apart the “Fab Four” after Harry went “mental” at his brother.
Harry confirmed the feud with William in October’s bombshell ITV documentary, admitting the brothers are “on different paths”.
It was also claimed William and Harry didn’t see each other in private for six months following the royal wedding in 2018.
William even tried to heal the rift after the documentary but a showdown at Frogmore House, Harry and Meghan’s Windsor home, didn’t happen.
‘NOW OR NEVER’
Him and Harry have now made up following peace talks away from the high-stress royal summit at Sandringham with their dad Prince Charles and the Queen.
But sources sayHarry is still at odds with his father Prince Charles.
He last night told of his “great sadness” at quitting the royal family with Meghan and moving abroad with baby Archie.
Speaking at a charity event at The Ivy restaurant, he said: The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly.
Harry, 35, told friends and supporters: It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I havent always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.
The Duke claimed he wasn’t walking away from the Royal Family but it “wasn’t possible” to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and the Military without public funding.
He also expressed sorrow that his military titles had been taken away from him.
But making a point of his new non-royal status, he said: I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry.
Last nights speech was thought to be Harrys last public appearance before flying to Canada this week to be reunited with Meghan and son Archie.
Meanwhile, the Queen appeared in good spirits on Saturday as she arrived for church at Sandringham with son Prince Andrew – having struck a deal just days after she sat down with Prince Harry in crunch talks.
Under the new deal, Harry and Meghan will retain their HRH status but agreed to not use their titles while trying to forgea new life in North America.
It means Harry has now been brought down to the level of 30 other Dukes in the UK.
One royal expert last night describedthe incredible Megxit deal as an abdication and said the Queen has brought down the iron fist of monarchical leadership.
The once-close brothers fell out over William’s comments
But a plan to meet at Frogmore Cottage to resolve the Fab Four feud between the Cambridges and Sussexes never took place