Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could make surprise return to Britain THIS MONTH to attend glitzy 100-guest party to celebrate new Princess Diana statue
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex could fly to UK for party celebrating Princess Diana
- 100 guests, including Prince William and Elton John, are expected to attend
- The celebration was originally intended for the unveiling of the Diana statue
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could return to the UK to make an appearance at a party in honour of Princess Diana.
As many as 100 guests, including Prince William and Elton John, are expected to attend the celebration, which had initially been planned for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.
The party will take place at Kensington Palace on Tuesday, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are weighing up whether or not to attend, The Sun reports.
A source told the publication: ‘No one knows what Harry’s decision is but there are rumblings that he may come with Meghan and their two children.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could return to the UK to make an appearance at a party in honour of Princess Diana
Travel restrictions have been lifted on all journeys into the UK from the US, meaning the Sussexes would not have to quarantine upon arrival – but palace aides have reportedly not yet been made aware of their plans.
MailOnline has approached representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
The statue of Princess Diana was unveiled in the gardens of Kensington Palace at the beginning of July.
Commissioned by William and Harry in honour of their mother, who died when they were just 15 and 12, it had been due to be unveiled before the end of 2017.
As many as 100 guests, including Prince William and Elton John, are expected to attend the celebration, which had initially been planned for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue
Ian Rank-Broadley, who sculpted the statue, previously said that his work depicts Princess Diana in the ‘more confident’ later years of her life aims to reflect her ‘warmth, elegance and energy’.
Prince Harry flew into the UK to join his brother William at the unveiling ceremony and on the day they were seen chatting together as they put aside their feud to honour their mother in what would have been her 60th birthday.
The statue shows Diana wearing a sleek open-necked blouse, a wide belt and a pencil skirt, while her hands are gently placed on the shoulders of two of the children – a boy and a girl, with the girl holding the princess’s hand.
Rank-Broadley’s artwork was erected in the palace’s Sunken Garden, one of the places Diana loved most at the Palace.
The party will take place at Kensington Palace on Tuesday, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are weighing up whether or not to attend
The space has been redesigned during the past two years and features more than 4,000 individual flowers, including forget-me-nots which were adored by the princess.
And in August, the statue was specially opened to well-wishers to mark the first anniversary of her death since the long-awaited memorial was unveiled.
The princess was killed on August 31 in 1997, with this year marking 24 years since the fatal car crash in Paris.
Due to the pandemic, Kensington Palace and its gardens have been operating reduced opening days and are usually only accessible to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.
But Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) said special arrangements had been made to allow visitors to view the statue from the Cradle Walk around the Sunken Garden where it stands from 3pm to 5pm on August 31.
‘Not what was her station, but has she a heart?’ Moving lines of verse engraved by Diana statue
In front of it is a paving stone engraved with an extract after the poem The Measure of A Man by Albert Schweitzer, which was read at the 2007 memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of her death.
It read: ‘These are the units to measure the worth. Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth. Not what was her station? But had she a heart? How did she play her God-given part?’
Schweitzer was a French theologian, writer and philosopher who lived from 1875 to 1965. He is well-known for his writing on Christian mysticism.
In 1952, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for a work of philosophy, becoming the eighth Frenchman to be awarded that prize.
Princess Diana was known to enjoy poetry, and was once given one in a silver frame by Dodi Al Fayed. Harry has also recited poems on public occasions, as has his wife Meghan.