PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they will not return to the UK for Princess Diana’s memorial event and one royal commentator has claimed it’s because their relationship with the Royal Family remains strained.
According to a royal expert, tensions between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the rest of the Royal Family are reportedly still “very raw” following their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview in March. A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently confirmed they will not be returning to the UK to attend a memorial event at Kensington Palace later this month, to thank donors who contributed to Princess Diana’s new statue.
Prince William will host around 100 guests on October 19 in memory of his late mother. Guests will include Princess Diana’s siblings, her former staff, and celebrity friends such as Elton John.
Speaking on the Lorraine show, royal expert Russell Myers said: “We don’t know the reason why they’re not coming over, Prince Harry was obviously over in the UK together with William, they were all smiles, chatting with the family to reveal the statue that’s being laid at Kensington Palace.
“There was a lot of fundraising, Elton John was quite influential in that fundraising, so they were going to do an event at Kensington Palace on October 19.
“Lots of Diana’s old friends were going to come, Elton John was going to be there, to thank everyone for raising these funds for the statue.
“Harry and Meghan are not going to be there, so read into that what you will.
“I think to put it bluntly, tensions are still running high, the Oprah Winfrey interview might have seemed like a few months ago now but certainly, those issues that were played out in that interview are still very, very raw.”
The memorial party was originally due to take place on July 1, to celebrate what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was delayed and the statue unveiling which took place became limited to a small number of family members.
Prince Harry returned to London for the statue unveiling, and was seen smiling next to Prince William and chatting to Diana’s three siblings.
The two brothers had commissioned the statue in 2017 to mark their mother’s milestone birthday. Designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley,. “Brinkwire Summary News”.