Prince William and Prince Harry’s once-close relationship has been under strain for several years. Now, a royal expert has spoken of what he thinks Diana would think of her sons fallout. Speaking on 9Honey, royal commentator Natalie Oliveri spoke of author Andrew Morton’s comments that Diana’s friends have suggested that the late princess would be “deeply saddened” by the ongoing tensions between the princes.
9honey’s host Sylvia Jeffreys said: “New details are emerging, well I suppose, about how some very close, who were close to, Princess Diana believe that she would feel about the fued between her sons.” Ms Oliveri replied: “Yes absolutely, this is Andrew Morton who’s speaking now. “He famously wrote that 1992 biography of Princess Diana.” She added: “He was asked recently about what he thinks about the fued between Prince William and Prince Harry, now he says Diana would be incredibly saddened by how things have been playing out, as of late.
“He said there’s no question, she’d be mortified that William and Harry have got themselves into, what he calls, an emotional tangle.” The royal expert added: “He says Diana believed Harry was William’s wingman. “She knew he was there to support William from day one. “Knowing that William was going to be King, and Harry certainly would never have that role, he was very much there in support of his brother.”
Ms Oliveri continued: “Andrew Morton would know what Diana would think because he spent a lot of time with her and I guess we have been talking about this fued for so long.” She concluded: “Really we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but certainly you wouldn’t imagine a mum would be very, you know, happy to see her two sons, who were so close [in a fued].” Princess Diana passed away in August 1997, aged 36, in a car crash in Paris, France. At the time of her death, Prince William was 15-years-old and Prince Harry just 12.
There was widespread public mourning following news of her death and her funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997. Despite their fued, in July 2021, the two princes came together for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral for the unveiling of their mother’s statue. This day marked what would been her 60th birthday.
Speaking previously on ITV’s Loose Women, Andrew Morton said Diana would been “concerned” about the current rift and would have worked to get them to reconnect.