For months there’s been speculation about whether or not Prince Harry would return to the U.K. for a planned event to honor his mother, the late Princess Diana, with a statue outside Kensington Palace on July 1. Since the Duke of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and his explosive comments about his father and his upbringing, the chances of Harry attending the ceremony with his brother, Prince William, seemed more and more unlikely. But now following the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter, who they named after Diana and Queen Elizabeth II, many are wondering if the prince will be up for attending.
Here is the answer to whether or not Prince Harry will be on hand when Diana’s statue is unveiled on what would have been the Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday.
Prince William, other royals congratulated Prince Harry and Meghan
You would never know there was any drama between the Sussexes and the royal family if you looked at the accounts of senior royals following the birth of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4. Two days later, the announcement was made that Harry and Meghan’s little girl had arrived and a handful of Harry’s family members took to social media to congratulate them.
Queen Elizabeth’s account posted about her 11th great-grandchild and Prince Charles’ Clarence House account tweeted: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well at this special time.”
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also offered congratulatory messages via Twitter and Instagram.
There were doubts that Harry would return to the U.K. for unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview and Harry’s public comments about his family, several royal commentators discussed whether or not the prince will go to the ceremony and stand alongside his brother.
“We always thought we would see the brothers reunited on that incredibly important day for both of them to be there to mark their mother’s legacy and the statue,” Royal Rota co-host Lizzie Robinson said (per the Express). “But currently it will be incredibly difficult, won’t it?”
ITV News royal editor Chris Ship also has doubts that Prince Harry will attend in person opining: “I would put it at no more than 50% that he will be there. Either he will Zoom call into the ceremony and say it’s because of the pandemic, or they will have a reason around the birth of their baby girl.”
Royal expert believes Harry does want to reunite with William at ceremony
Prior to the announcement that Meghan gave birth to Lilibet, Vanity Fair’s royal editor Katie Nicholl spoke about Harry reuniting with William at the ceremony because they both “want to have equal involvement in Diana’s legacy.”
Nicholl told 9Honey: “I think a lot of it depends on his wife Meghan and whether she has given birth by that point… he should be able to come over, even if it’s just for a fleeting 48-hour trip. I don’t think he’ll be staying for any lengthy period of time but the hope is he’ll be able to make a whistle-stop trip.” She added, “The idea of William alone unveiling the statue dedicated to their mother, I think, just wouldn’t feel right to anyone. This statue has been a long time in the making, it is important, it’s important to them both and they both need to be there.”
Now, that Harry’s daughter has arrived it’s likely that he will join his brother in person at the event. In fact, Express noted that currently both princes are scheduled to attend and give speeches.
Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.
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