Prince Harry ‘adamant’ on UK return to unveil Princess Diana statue at Palace

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Prince Harry has "vowed" to unveil a statue of his late mum Princess Diana in the UK this year, according to reports.

To mark what would have been her 60th birthday, the Duke of Sussex is said to be eyeing a return from California to join his brother Prince William on July 1.

It was feared that coronavirus travel restrictions and his wife Meghan's pregnancy would rule him out from the ceremony but the Daily Express reports he is determined to attend.

The newspaper reports that he is "adamant" he will attend, most likely without Meghan as she carries their second child.

However, one source cast doubt, saying: “I thought he would still come over until I saw that the Invictus Games was off. Now I’m not so sure.”

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Another said: “I can’t see him coming over now with a baby due.”

William and Harry had commissioned the statue, which will sit in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, where Diana lived before she died, in 2017.

The unveiling was originally intended to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death but due to Covid-19 halting progress on the installation, a revised date of what would have been her 60th birthday, on July 1, 2021, has been set.

Speaking when the statue was first announced, a source close to the Palace reportedly said: “Prince William and Prince Harry have dreamed of doing this for a long time.

"They were both just boys when their mother passed away, but are both now fully grown men and want to honour her in the best way possible.

"It has taken 20 years for this to finally come to ­fruition so they are determined it will be a lasting and fitting legacy in what is their official London residence and a place special to them both."

  • Prince Harry
  • Prince William
  • Princess Diana
  • Queen
  • London
  • Meghan Markle

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