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Meghan Markle will support Prince Harry at the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue

Meghan Markle will fly out to London to support Prince Harry at the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace, it has been reported. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, wants to be there as her husband comes face-to-face with his family for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April, a source told Radar Online. 

In the weeks since, Harry has given an explosive series of interviews in which he accused the Queen of handing down ‘genetic pain and suffering’ and blamed his family for his mental anguish. It has reportedly led to relations getting 'worse not better'. 

The source said: 'Meghan knows how hard it was to attend his grandfather’s funeral alone and doesn’t want that to happen again. 

Meghan Markle will fly out to London to support Prince Harry at the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace, it has been reported. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in November 2018

'Harry was given the cold shoulder by most of his relatives, with several refusing to talk to him or even make eye contact.

'Since the funeral things have got worse, not better, so you can only imagine how he will be treated at the big event on July 1.'

The source claimed Meghan and Harry could bring two-year-old son Archie to the UK but plan to leave newborn daughter Lilibet Diana - named after her great-grandmother the Queen and grandmother Diana - at home.  

Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite to unveil the statue in their mother's honour on July 1, what would have been her 60th birthday.  

The statue is set to be placed and unveiled in the princess' favourite spot on Kensington Palace's grounds, in the Sunken Gardens.  

The insider also said the Queen would be delighted to see her grandsons standing together with their wives. 

The Queen has reportedly invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle during his visit. 

‘It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty,’ a courtier told Richard Eden. ‘The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through.’

The Duchess of Sussex wants to be there as her husband comes face-to-face with his family for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April, a source told Radar Online. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview

It would be the first time that Harry has had a tete-a-tete with his grandmother since he and Meghan announced that they were quitting Britain more than a year ago.

After the rancour of the Sandringham summit and tense ‘Megxit’ negotiations, she hosted an informal Sunday lunch for Harry in March 2020 — a month before he and Meghan formally stepped down as working members of the Royal Family.

They ate in the Queen’s dining room in her Windsor Castle apartment. When Harry attended the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, he spoke to the Queen only outdoors with other members of the Royal Family.

They will certainly have much to discuss. In his and Meghan’s now infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, they made a string of distressing claims about the Royal Family and accused an unnamed royal of racism.

In a string of public appearances since, Harry has blamed his family for his mental anguish and said just the thought of flying back to London was enough to fill him with dread.

The Queen, by contrast, has made clear that Harry and Meghan will be ‘much loved family members’. A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.

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