Next week, on 19 October, the Duke of Cambridge will be hosting a party in honor of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace during what would have been her 60th birthday. Although those closest to the deceased princess, including family members, friends, and those who worked for her charitable cause, will be present, her younger son, the Duke of Sussex, will not be.
Representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed over the weekend that the royal couple will not travel to the UK for the memorial service, which was postponed from this summer. It is not known why the couple has decided not to take the trip, especially as travel restrictions to the UK from the US have been lifted. Prince Harry previously returned to London for the unveiling of a statue of Ian Rank-Broadley in July.
The Duchess of Sussex was last in the UK in March 2020 when she attended a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. It was a moment of high tension between brothers William and Harry, with media coverage suggesting there was a frost in the air.
The Duke and Duchess’ two-year-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, has not been in the UK since December 2019, while their newborn daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, has yet to meet her grandfather Prince Charles or her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
There have been reports in the past that the Sussex may choose to celebrate Christmas with the Queen this year at Balmoral.
It seems unlikely that the couple will be here for Memorial Sunday – an event of special significance to Harry as a retired serviceman – as he is due to be at an event in New York on November 10th.