Fans of the Royal Family should not be expecting Prince William and brother Harry to be burying the hatchet any time soon, at least according to a royal biographer.

An expert on the family says that the brothers are not likely to heal the rift in their relationship, so long as Harry is “so under the thumb” of his wife Meghan Markle.

The claims come just days out from the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue’s unveiling in Kensington Palace on what would have been the Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday.

Harry and William are expected to put their differences aside on the day, with Meghan hanging back in the US, after only recently given birth to the couple’s second child.

Speaking to The Express in the UK, royal biographer Hugo Vickers said that Harry needs to have a moment of clarity on the situation, but does not expect that to happen any time soon.

“Harry has got to wake up to what’s going on. It’s a very unpleasant situation and I don’t think it’s going to be the right moment this week,” Vickers told The Express.

“Harry is so under the thumb of Meghan it is not really possible until he emerges from that.”

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Harry’s return to the UK for the unveiling of the Diana statue will mark the first time the Duke of Sussex has visited his brother since Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

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