The Duke of Sussex, who allegedly experienced the ‘cold shoulder’ from the Royal Family at Prince Philip’s funeral, wants his wife to appear at the event through a ‘video message’.
A source told gossip website Radar: “Harry is demanding that Meghan be part of the official ceremony.
“She will not be able to attend in person because of the couple’s second child, but Harry is pushing to have comments prepared by Meghan included in the event or a video message featuring his wife released to the media the same day the brothers unveil the statue.”
The insider added: “It is very possible that Harry will not return to the UK for the event.
“The cold shoulder Harry received at Prince Philip’s funeral is not helping. Harry was rattled not only by his family’s reaction but also by the negative media coverage he received during his short stay.
“Now he may bow out of the upcoming trip altogether.”
When the Princess Diana statue was confirmed in 2017, Prince William and Prince Harry said in a statement that ‘they hope that the statue will help those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and legacy’.
The sculpture is set to be placed in the Sunken Garden at their mother’s former Kensington Palace home on July 1.
Recently, the 36-year-old opened up about the loss of his mother on the Dax Shepherd’s Armchair Expert podcast.
Prince Harry said that her death had left an ‘immense impact’ on his life and he had ‘suffered’ under his father’s upbringing.
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