Meghan Markle ‘won’t attend Princess Diana statue event – and Prince Harry could skip it too’

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Meghan Markle won't attend the unveiling of the new Diana statue on July 1st and her husband Prince Harry may also skip the event, a royal expert tells OK!

The news come after sources in the US claimed that Meghan – who welcomed the couple's daughter Lilibet Diana on June 4th – could make an appearance as a surprise guest.

The statue unveiling is set to take place on July 1st, which would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday, at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes Meghan will stay in LA with their daughter Lilibet Diana and that Prince Harry may even join her.

"No one I've spoken to believes Meghan will attend," he says. "She's just had a baby and that's a perfect reason to want to stay where she is. No one could criticise her for that, although I'm sure people will.

"Right now there's no certainty if Harry will attend. He recently said in a podcast that London was a trigger for him and I took those comments as a way of him preparing everyone to say that it was too painful for him to return to the site where he buried his mother. He also recently announced his paternity leave, so he seems to have so many reasons to want to stay in LA with baby Lili and Meghan."

Prince Harry and Prince William first commissioned the new statue in 2017 but have since suffered a bitter fallout. The brothers first butted heads over Harry's decision to step down as a senior royal with Meghan in March 2020. William was then left angered by the Oprah interview the couple did in April this year.

Recently, Harry and Meghan appeared to be demoted on the official royal family website. They were moved below Sophie Wessex, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew in the pecking order.

The website now says the pair will be "balancing their time" between the UK and North America, despite them moving to Los Angeles.

It adds: "They are continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and their patronages.

"The Duchess will continue to support a number of charitable causes and organisations which reflect the issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare."

Buckingham Palace refused to comment when OK! Online reached out, but said that the website is constantly refreshed on a regular basis.

The Queen most recently appeared to give a touch nod to Meghan and Harry at the G7 Summit in Cornwall with her choice of brooch.

She was presented with the stunning piece of jewellery by the President of the Republic of Botswana at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda in 2007.

The gold broach features a diamond and gold sorghum, or millet, which is the main crop of Botswana and is believed to hold sentimental value to the royal couple.

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