Prince Harry and Meghan will not be attending a party in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales, to be held in the UK next week.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain in the US instead of returning to the UK for the event, several media outlets in the UK report.
The festivities are expected to be attended by Prince William and some of Diana’s friends, former employees and Spencer family members.
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The gathering for 100 guests is to be held inside Kensington Palace to thank donors who helped fund statue of Diana installed in the sunken garden on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Next week’s party at the palace will reportedly include Sir Elton John and David Furnish, who were among the donors to the statue.
Prince William and Prince Harry are reunited for the unveiling, with Harry flying in from California to attend the small ceremony on July 1st.
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Diana’s siblings Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes were invited to the event after it had to be scaled down due to coronavirus restrictions and a larger collection postponed.
A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed Saturday that the duke would not be present at the event to honor his mother.
Prince Harry was last in the UK in July when the statue was unveiled and also participated in the WellChild Awards.
But Meghan has not set foot there since March 2020, when she attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey – the last stop on the couple’s so-called ‘farewell tour’ when they officially resigned from duties as senior working royals.
It is unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return to the UK at all this year as they focus on building their US empire led by their Archewell Foundation and deal with Netflix and Spotify.
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Prince Harry is due to be in New York City on Memorial Day and present the first Intrepid Valor Awards to veterans and military families “living with the invisible war wounds” the day before November 10th.
It had been suggested that Harry and Meghan might be flying back to England for baptism of their daughter, Lilibet Diana, who was born on June 4th.
The infant has not been seen in public, while her big brother Archie has not been in the UK since 2019.
There were also reports that the Sussexes might attended Christmas with Queen Elizabeth having previously missed the last two festivities by using the gathering as an “opportunity” for “a softening that could pave the way for healing the family divide”.
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