Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Prince Harry to leave Meghan two weeks after daughter’s birth to attend Diana unveiling

Prince Harry 'will be in UK for Diana statue' says Myers

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Prince Harry will still fly to London to attend the unveiling of a statue dedicated towards Princess Diana on July 1, whilst his wife Meghan Markle and newborn baby daughter remain in California. A royal expert said that commemorating his mother was “very important” to the Prince and that he would be returning to pay tribute along with his brother Prince William. 

Russell Myers told Lorraine: “We were told that Harry was definitely going to be here on July 1st for the unveiling of this Princess Diana statue in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, standing shoulder to shoulder with William.” 

“Obviously relations are still very tense, however this is for a great cause. They’ve worked on this statue since 2017, commemorating their mother and certainly I understand he will be coming over.”

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the Duke of Sussex will have to quarantine before attending the unveiling ceremony. 

Russell Myers said: “He’ll have to quarantine so he’ll probably have to leave in a week or so, so no doubt Meghan will get her mum Doria over to lend a hand and help change the nappies.” 

Prince Harry and Prince William commissioned the statue of their mother in 2017 on the 20th anniversary of her death. 

The statue will be unveiled at Kensington Palace on July 1, which would have been the Princess of Wales’s 60th birthday. It will be placed in the Sunken Garden, which was known as Diana’s favourite spot at the Palace. 

Although relations between the two brothers have been strained since the fallout of Megxit in January 2020, they have put aside their differences to collaborate on designs for the statue. 

The famous British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley was commissioned to create the statue. He has previously worked with the Royal Family on several occasions and is responsible for the image of the Queen that appears on all British coinage. 

Both Prince William and Prince Harry are expected to give a speech at the unveiling. 

In his recent interviews with Oprah Winfrey for their Apple TV+ series, the Duke of Sussex has spoken about the painful impact of his mother’s sudden death and its toll on his mental health. He attributed the anger and emotional distress he suffered during his late twenties to the difficulty of coping with her loss. 

Princess Diana died in 1997 in a car crash in Paris whilst being pursued by the papparazzi. 

Her death aged 36 left Prince William and Prince Harry, aged 15 and 12, devastated and prompted widespread mourning across the globe. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to Diana in the naming of their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Her name is also a nod towards her great-grandmother the Queen, who was known as a child as Lilibet. 

Meghan Markle gave birth on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. The baby, who will be known as Lili, weighed 7lbs 11oz at birth. 

The couple released a statement to their website Archewell thanking the public for their well wishes and said that their daughter was “more than we could have ever imagined”. 

A spokesperson for the couple also said that both mother and baby were “healthy and well, and settling in at home”.

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