Queen SNUBS Prince Harry: Monarch won’t attend Diana event during Duke’s trip to UK

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THE QUEEN won’t attend the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace next week, as she will be in Scotland.

Prince Harry is flying in from California for the occasion, despite tensions with the wider Royal Family. William will also attend the unveiling, which takes place on Thursday, July 1.

However the monarch will be concluding her trip to Scotland, which is designed to promote the country’s innovation and culture.

During her visit she will stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The Queen will visit charities and businesses in the Scottish capital, Glasgow and Stirling.

Prince Charles will also be in Scotland when Harry arrives back onto British soil.

The Queen will miss Princess Diana's statue unveiling next week (Image: GETTY)
The Queen will miss Princess Diana’s statue unveiling next week (Image: GETTY)

Harry and William haven’t met since Prince Philip’s funeral in April, when they were pictured talking after the service at Windsor Castle.

Relations between the Sussexes and top royals deteriorated sharply in March, when the couple gave an explosive interview to US talkshow legend Oprah Winfrey.

Harry and Meghan stood down as senior royals in 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Harry and Meghan stood down as senior royals in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan alleged there were “concerns and conversations” within the family about Archie’s skin tone, ahead of his birth in 2019.

The Duchess also claimed she struggled to get mental health support from within the royal system.

Prince Harry pictured at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry pictured at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral (Image: GETTY)

Diana’s statue unveiling is taking place on what would have been her 50th birthday.

The monument is located in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden.

Meghan will remain in California caring for her daughter, Lilibet Diana, who was born earlier this month.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror a royal insider said the Duchess of Cambridge does plan to attend.

Princess Diana pictured with Prince William and Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana pictured with Prince William and Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

They said: “The Duchess has seen this project evolve from its conception and now to the finished article and undoubtedly wants to be there to support her husband.

“No doubt there will be tensions between the Cambridges and Harry, but they all recognize that despite the obvious and deep-rooted issues between them, they want the day to be solely about the Princess of Wales’s enduring legacy.”

The Queen pictured giving an audience to Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
The Queen pictured giving an audience to Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

The Queen will be joined in Scotland by Prince William on Monday, then by Princess Anne on Wednesday.

Figures released with the Queen’s annual financial accounts revealed Charles continued to pay the Sussexes a “substantial sum”, until summer of 2020.

This is despite Harry telling Ms Winfrey his father had “literally cut me off financially” earlier in the year.

A spokesperson for Clarence House commented: “As we’ll all remember in January 2020 when the duke and duchess announced that they were going to move away from the working royal family, the duke said that they would work towards becoming financially independent.

“The Prince of Wales allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition.

The Sussexes pictured with Archie in 2019 (Image: GETTY)
The Sussexes pictured with Archie in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

“That funding ceased in the summer of last year.

“The couple are now financially independent.”

The spokesperson refused to be drawn on the apparent contradiction with Harry’s account, adding: “All I can tell you are the facts.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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