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Prince Harry and Prince William's reunion for the unveiling of a statue honouring their late mother, Princess Diana, is a "step in the right direction," a royal expert has told OK!

However, Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, tells OK! that their meeting at the unveiling of Diana's statue on what would have been her 60th birthday on 1st July 2021 shouldn't be overestimated.

Katie explains: "It's baby steps in the right direction but I don't think it should be interpreted as a giant leap in the healing of the rift. It's going to take many more meetings and there are so many things that need to still be addressed.”

The brothers were reunited for the unveiling this week after Harry, 36, flew over from his new home in California and isolated ahead of the event.

It marked the first time Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry had been reunited in public since their grandfather's funeral in April.

Much has been reported about an alleged rift between the two brothers in recent months. Prince Harry and his 39 year old wife Meghan Markle have participated in several bombshell interviews in the past few months, where they made accusations against the Royal Family and the way they were treated.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the brothers will be coming together for a secret meeting in an attempt to set aside their differences following the reunion this week.

An insider also told the publication that the pair spent months collaborating on the statue, which was created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.

In a poignant scene, the brothers walked side by side as the approached the statue in order to uncover it. Both men – who wore dark navy suits – smiled as they saw the finished piece.

The brothers were joined by chairman of the statue committee Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and their aunties – Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 66, and Lady Jane Fellowes, 64, with kisses.

Diana's younger brother, Charles Spencer, was also in attendance at the event in Kensington gardens.

In a joint statement, the brothers 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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