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Harry and William ‘chose to keep attention off rift’ at Diana ceremony – experts

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Prince William and Prince Harry chose not to deliver separate speeches at the unveiling of Princess Diana’s memorial statue so they could keep all the attention on their mum, experts say.

The royal brothers put their disagreements to one side to deliver a joint statement on what would have been Lady Di’s 60th birthday last Thursday.

Their heartbreaking statement read: “Today, 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."

Royal author Robert Lacey said it was “perfect” and told People it was a "very well-judged decision".

“The idea of rival speeches could have been disastrous, but to bring out a considered joint statement was perfect and shows a way ahead,” he added.

Other experts have drawn similarities to the joint statement issued by Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their 1996 divorce proceedings, Insider reports.

"In only releasing a joint statement, the palace and princes have limited our ability to dissect their speeches and their body language. This allowed the focus to be on their mother and her statue," royal commentator Kinsey Schofield told Insider.

"The joint statement is a classic Buckingham Palace strategy that translates to 'We've got everything under control!'

"Think Prince Charles and Princess Diana, July 1996 when they were eager to make it look like the divorce was amicable."

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  • Lacey has previously lavished praise upon the royal duo for putting Diana “right at the heart” of their family.

    And he says the brothers are doing well to deal with and address their differences.

    Whilst William is still carrying out royal duties, his younger brother moved across the Atlantic and set up the Archewell foundation to promote “compassion in action”.

    “They demonstrated a constructive way of dealing with differences,” Lacey told People.

    “They were not sweeping their differences under the carpet, but acknowledging more important things and doing that in a way that warmed everyone’s heart.”

    Representatives for the Duke of Cambridge did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

    Representatives for the Duke of Sussex declined to comment.

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