Harry may pull out of Diana statue trip after icy Royal Family welcome left him ‘shocked’

Prince Harry ‘shocked’ by ‘frosty reception’ says expert

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Prince Harry is set to return to the UK again this summer for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana. However, this visit has since been called into question after Harry was said to be “shocked” by the reception he recited from the rest of his family on his return. It is thought that several senior members of the Royal Family shunned Harry on his brief return to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral.

Russell Myers, the royal editor of the Daily Mirror, told talkRADIO: “Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.”

He suggested that Harry may use the birth of his second child in the summer as a “convenient excuse” not to turn up “and face the family”.

It is understood that Harry will join his brother William for a statue unveiling ceremony in July rescheduled from 2020 at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden.

The event is scheduled for July 1, on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.

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Mr Myers warned that the fallout of the Oprah Winfrey interview was still sending shockwaves throughout the Royal Family, which “might not be good news for Harry”.

Radio host Kevin O’Sullivan said: “Harry looked very out of sorts during his stay.

“I’m wondering whether he received a very, very cold reception? I read that some quarters of the royal family literally just blocked him and didn’t even talk to him.

“I think he may have been a bit shocked by the cool reception he got from his family, which begs the question, will he come back for the unveiling of the Diana memorial with his brother in July? Or will he pull out of that?”

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Mr Myers responded: “I’m told he is still committed to coming. Both camps are. Certainly Kate and William will welcome him if he wants to come back.

“His intention is to come back. One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I’m sure he could jump on a private jet and made a flying visit.

“But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn’t have to come back and face the family?”


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He added: “I think a lot will determine what happens in the interim period. Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.

“I don’t think we will realise the fallout of that Oprah Winfrey interview for some time.

“Maybe once we get back to a bit of normality, the rest of the family will start thinking about that a bit more carefully.

“It might not be good news for Harry.”

Mr Myers also noted that media leaks in the US are “causing quite a bit of distress in the Royal Family”.

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