Kate ‘may replace Harry’ at Diana statue unveiling if Duke doesn’t travel

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Speculation is mounting over whether Prince Harry will be able to make it back to the UK for the unveiling of a statue to his late mother Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The tribute to Diana is due to be unveiled by Prince William and Harry on July 1 in the grounds of Kensington Palace, but Harry’s plans could be scuppered by the arrival of his second child.

Meghan Markle is due to give birth to firstborn Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's sibling at some point in the next few weeks, meaning Harry could face a clash between the two landmark dates.

It has led to the suggestion that Kate could stand in if he can’t make it – although Harry will do all he can to make it back to London.

Loving memories of their mother unites Wills and Harry even at a time of simmering tensions within the family.

But Harry’s constant public criticism of the other royals could make things difficult when the brothers do come face-to-face, Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers told the Pod Save the Queen podcast.

“Will there be an appetite for him to keep on criticising his family in that way?” said Russell.

“He’s potentially going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his brother when they unveil the Princess Diana statue.

“That could make it very, very uncomfortable, [although] whether he comes over is a matter for debate at the moment because they are expecting their second child.

“Meghan is about to give birth, one would presume – they said early summer – so whether he will, whether he won’t… maybe Kate will step in to not have William do it on his own.”

The brothers were last together when Harry returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s recent funeral, when they were united in grief.

They will once again want to put their differences aside as they pay tribute to their beloved mum, who died in 1997.

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The statue will be in Diana’s favourite spot on the grounds of Kensington Palace, known as the Sunken Garden.

Four years ago, it was turned into a beautiful tribute to the princess on the 20th anniversary of her death, with a display of her favourite flowers, including forget-me-nots, white lilies, white roses, tulips and daisies.

In other royal news, a royal expert claimed to Daily Star that the Queen finds the Sussex's actions "deplorable".

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