Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Not Return to the U.K. for Event Honoring Princess Diana

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will miss an October 19 event celebrating the life of Princess Diana.

Prince William will attend the private reception for donors who funded the statue of Diana that was unveiled in July on what would have been the late Princess of Wales' 60th birthday.

Prince Harry and Meghan, who relocated their family to California last year, will not return to the U.K. for the Kensington Palace event this month, though Harry is privately reaching out to donors.

Prince Harry, 37, returned to London for the statue's debut, reuniting with his older brother, 39, for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April. Meghan, who gave birth to their daughter Lilibet Diana in June, did not make the trip to the U.K. for either occasion.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit One World Observatory
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit One World Observatory

Taylor Hill/WireImage Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, July's statue unveiling was a scaled-down affair attended only by close family members of Princess Diana (including her brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, and her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes), statue committee members, the statue's sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and Pip Morrison, the designer of the Sunken Garden.

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Princess Diana Statue
Princess Diana Statue

Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Prince William and Prince Harry

William and Harry said in a joint statement, "Today, on what would have been our Mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better."

The statement continued, "Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."

Thanking the team who helped bring the statue and the garden to life, they also expressed their appreciation for "all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City.

John Lamparski/Getty Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan, 40, and Harry traveled to New York City last month for several public appearances and meetings, which were their first joint outings since their daughter's birth. They kicked off their visit with an early morning stop at One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul, followed by touring the 9/11 Museum and memorial and meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

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Meghan also read her children's book, The Bench, to a group of Harlem students before the couple promoted vaccine equity onstage at Global Citizen Live in Central Park.

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