William and Harry 'may be reunited at funeral of Diana's aunt'

Could Harry and William be reunited? Princes ‘may meet at the funeral of Princess Diana’s aunt who detected she was unhappy on her wedding day’

  • Mary Roche, sister of Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd died last Friday 
  • Read more: King invites Harry and Meghan to the Coronation despite row over Frogmore eviction 

WHILE most of Britain had wedding fever ahead of Prince Charles’s marriage to Lady Diana Spencer, one close relation refused to be caught up in the excitement.

Diana’s aunt, Mary Roche, who died last Friday aged 88, had a dreadful sense of foreboding.

She caught her niece looking ‘unhappy’ at a pre-wedding reception in 1981 at Buckingham Palace, where others had reported the bride-to-be in good form.

Having shared a close bond with Diana while she was growing up, Mary knew her to be ‘very natural and prone to giggles, a lot of fun’.

She could tell when Diana was being herself. ‘I just remember her being unhappy at that reception,’ she later revealed.

Princess Diana’s aunt Mary Roche passed away last Friday at the age of 88. Pictured: Diana in 1991 with Mary Roche (centre) and her mother Ruth Lady Fermoy (right)

Mary, daughter of the 4th Lord Fermoy, was the elder sister of Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd. Their father was a friend of George VI and the elder son of American heiress Frances Ellen Work. Their mother, Ruth, was a confidante and lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother.

Mary later admitted that she had thought her 20-year-old niece ill-matched with the future King Charles, then 33.

‘They were at very different stages of development,’ she explained. ‘Diana was young and had limited life experience, and Prince Charles was already a great thinker. He read a great deal. They were, perhaps, different people.’

Could Mary Roche’s death be the thing that finally unites Princes William and Harry as the rift between the brothers grows ever deeper?

Diana’s death wasn’t the only tragedy Mary suffered. Her first ex-husband, the Tory MP Sir Anthony Berry, was murdered by the IRA in the Brighton hotel bombing in 1984. He was the son of The Daily Telegraph’s former co-owner, Gomer Berry, the 1st Viscount Kemsley.

Mary went on to marry, and divorce, twice more. Her sister, Frances, died in 2004 aged 68.

Could the warring Princes William and Harry be reunited for the funeral of their mother’s aunt?

Royal fans are speculating over whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will travel to the UK to be reunited with the family for King Charles’s coronation in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they had received an invitation to the coronation but have not elaborated on whether they will attend.

The coronation, which is set to be seen by millions of people in the UK and potentially billions around the world, will take place on May 6 – the same day as the fourth birthday of Archie, Harry’s son.

The news comes days after Charles kicked his son and daughter-in-law out of their British home, Frogmore Cottage, a move that is thought to complicate any future visits to the UK from the California-based couple. 

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