Today, Prince Harry and Prince William are reuniting in person for the first time since April to unveil a statue they commissioned of their late mother, Princess Diana. The small ceremony is taking place in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace and “close family of Diana, Princess of Wales” will be in attendance. Also joining the group are sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley and garden designer, Pip Morrison. However, one notable royal is missing from the event—Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Rather than journeying to the UK, Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, stayed in Santa Barbara, California, where the couple now lives. The Duchess is skipping the event for good reason—she recently gave birth to a daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Lili is not yet a month old, as she was born on June 4, 2021. Meghan decided to stay at home with the new baby, and her older son, Archie, rather than travel internationally.
The Duchess of Sussex has not been back to the UK since March 2020, prior to the pandemic. Though Prince Harry returned to London for his grandfather, Prince Philip’s funeral in April, Meghan stayed behind in California. Given that the Duchess was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, she was not cleared by her doctors to travel. Instead, she watched the ceremonies from home.
Prince Harry and Prince William announced plans for the statue of Princess Diana in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death. Now, the statue is being unveiled on what…