Prince Harry ‘might not go’ to Princess Diana statue unveiling, royal biographer claims

Prince Harry and Prince William are set to reunite for the unveiling of their mother’s memorial statue in July

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Sentebale Audi Concert at Hampton Court Palace on June 11, 2019 in London
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Prince Harry “might not go” to the unveiling of a memorial statue of his late mother Princess Diana, royal biographer Andrew Morton has claimed. 

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan may not have seen the Royal Family for many months during the pandemic, but it was previously thought that the couple would return to the UK this summer. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now settled in their California home after recently confirming they will not be returning as working royals. Some have claimed that the Queen has a very special bond with them and their young son Archie – and that she keeps up with them via video calls.

There is nothing like seeing your family in person though, and it was believed that both Prince Harry and Meghan were keen to attend several important royal events this summer, restrictions permitting. This supposedly included Prince Philip’s 100th birthday and the Queen’s official 95th birthday in June, as well as the unveiling of a memorial statue to Princess Diana.

Many royal fans would no doubt be delighted to see the so-called Fab Four reunite for the first time since the Sussexes stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family last year. Especially after Prince Harry and Meghan’s recent shocking Oprah interview led to rumours circulating about distance between the brothers once again.

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However, it’s now been suggested that Prince Harry may not fly back for this significant occasion after all. Princess Diana’s royal biographer Andrew Morton has exclusively revealed to OK! magazine that the original plans may now be changed. 

“This is going to be one of the most publicized unveilings of a statue since Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square,” Andrew said. 

“Everyone will be watching and commenting. Harry might not go because Meghan is due her baby around that time – he could be changing diapers.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting baby number two. During their tell-all Oprah interview, the couple went on to reveal that their baby is a little girl

With Meghan reportedly due this summer, it could be that Prince Harry elects to remain in America with her rather than returning to the UK. In that case, it’s likely that Prince William may be accompanied by his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for the unveiling. 

“William’s job is a very unique one and is a lonely one – he needs the love and support of Catherine,” Andrew explained.

The biographer also went on to discuss how Princess Diana remains significant in the lives of her sons and their families. Last month for UK Mother’s Day, the Cambridge children each wrote sweet cards to their grandmother. 

“Diana is certainly in their minds, as you can see from the Mother’s Day cards they shared to her,” he revealed. “There’s no doubt that the shadow of Diana looms large over the whole institution because William and Harry are torchbearers for Diana’s legacy.”

It remains to be seen whether Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite for this significant unveiling in honor of their mother this summer. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!