Prince William “will be unhappy” that Prince Harry appears to be “exploiting Princess Diana’s status” on the new Archewell website, an expert has claimed.
On New Year’s Eve, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who quit the Royal Family in January 2020 – unveiled the full site for their non-profit foundation as they called for “compassion”.
Introducing their website, the couple shared childhood pictures of themselves with their mothers – alongside a short letter to 2021 in which the Duke described himself as “my mother’s son”.
Speaking to The Mail, royal expert Phil Dampier claimed Prince William will be concerned about how his brother uses Princess Diana’s image.
He said: “I think William will be slightly worried if Harry uses Diana for any of his charitable or commercial ventures without consulting him, and I don’t think he would be happy if Harry appears to be exploiting his mother’s iconic status.
“It’s also very significant that Harry called himself his ‘mother’s son’ but has made no mention of Prince Charles. William is very much following now in his father’s footsteps with his environmental and conservation work.”
However, the expert claims that Prince Harry may have purposefully not mentioned Prince Charles as Meghan is estranged from her father Thomas Markle.
He continued: “I suspect that part of the reason for the emphasis on mothers is that Meghan is so close to her mother and of course is estranged from her father, so perhaps Harry is thinking of her when he concentrates only on Diana.”
Earlier this week, Phil told The Sun Online that Harry and William will put on a “united front” when the new Princess Diana statue is unveiled at Kensington Palace in July.
He said: “From what I am told the rift is not a lot better at the moment – they are not talking a lot.
“I think they will put on a united front for the unveiling of Diana’s statue and I’m sure they will put on a united front for the birthday celebrations but behind the scenes I think there’s going to be a lot of tension.”
Commenting on the multiple upcoming royal events this year, the expert added: “I think the most interesting thing to see will be whether Meghan comes over for any of these things. I’m sure Harry will but it wouldn’t surprise me if she doesn’t come over at all.”