Prince William and Harry are "ready to take baby steps" in order to heal their rift, a royal author has claimed.

The brothers met for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April to unveil a statue in honour of their late mother Princess Diana yesterday.

Harry has flown back to the UK for the event, after the siblings began the journey of commissioning the project in 2017.

After the sculpture was revealed, to show Diana with three children – symbolising how she was loved around the world and the work she did in her life – the Duke of Cambridge and Sussex read out a joint statement.

Royal expert Robert Lacey says the pair are taking the "first baby steps towards some sort of new arrangement" and could be on the way to healing their rift.

The author, who penned Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the inside of a family in Tumult, told The Royal Beat: “[Harry’s] pleased to be back in England, on his own home territory with his family. I think we can read positive vibrations into what we've just seen.

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"Obviously, it's not going to be a total reconciliation, but I think it's its first baby steps towards some sort of new arrangement in the future.”

The statue, created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, was believed to have been ready last year but the Covid pandemic and Harry moving to the US with Meghan Markle is said to have caused delays.

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The brothers also wanted to ensure it was 'just right', and unveil it in a special moment, as they did on July 1, to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.

Vanity Fair Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl also said on the show: “I think probably for both brothers, it was incredibly important that they took ownership of this.

"They have not really been able to put their true stamp on it [since] they commissioned this back in 2017. It has been delayed, there have been setbacks, they wanted to make sure it was just right.

"I think it probably was right and important that it was just the two of them here for this unveiling.”

Standing alongside Diana are three children, who have a special meaning, to represent the "universality and generational impact" of her work.

Kensington Palace said Diana had “gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes” and that the statue “aims to convey her character and compassion.”

The memorial of Diana is in the Sunken Garden at the London palace, it is available to view by the public from Friday.

The Royal Beat, available on True Royalty TV.

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