Prince Harry’s return to the UK for his mother’s statue unveiling is in doubt as his wife Meghan Markle is due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, a royal expert has said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to “really want to be” at the event to honour Princess Diana on July 1, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The couple are expected to welcome their second child this summer (UK), with their newborn girl’s arrival expected to be as early as the “next couple of weeks”.
Appearing on British TV this morning, the Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers said Harry may miss the event despite previous reports he would definitely be there.
“The things I’m being told is they still really want to be there, both of them. Certainly, William and Kate will be there,” Myers said.
“But whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer … It will certainly be in the next couple of weeks.”
It comes amid hopes Prince Harry’s return to Britain could help repair the “deteriorating” relationship with his brother Prince William.
Mr Myers added: “It’s been talked about for so many months now, this deteriorating relationship.
“And the issue is that Harry is expecting a second child – a baby girl on the way and whether they will attend together or whether they will make separate speeches.”
The Kensington Palace ceremony is a long-term project between the brothers, who fell out over Harry’s decision to quit as a working royal last year.
Discussing the unveiling, Myers added: “This will be July 1st. Now, it’s been long in the making, this. She would have been 60.
“This is a big deal because the boys – William and Harry – have been working on this statue for quite a long time.
“I think 2017, they started putting the initial plans together. And will they, won’t they be seen together?”
It was previously thought that William and Harry would unite at the exhibition of their mum’s statue next month.
Others said the pair would give separate speeches when their mum’s statue was unveiled, highlighting their ongoing feud.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told The Sun Online: “I personally don’t think Meghan will return to the UK.
“And there must now be a serious doubt as to whether Harry will come over for the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.”
The brothers have had frosty relations since Harry sensationally moved to the US and stepped back from royal life early last year.
And their relationship was strained further after Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this year.
But after a solemn reunion at Prince Philip’s funeral, the door was opened for further reconciliation, it was said.
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Originally published as Prince Harry ‘in doubt’ for UK return