Harry's 'frosty reception' from royal family might stop him returning

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Prince Harry was reportedly so "shocked" by the "very, very cold reception" he received from the royal family after he visited the UK for Prince Philip's funeral that he might cancel his upcoming trip back home in July.

A royal expert has claimed Harry may reconsider his return for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Prince William at Prince Philip's funeral
Prince Harry's 'frosty reception' from his family during Prince Philip's funeral may stop him returning for Princess Diana's statue unveiling. Photo: Getty

"Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat," Russell Myers told talkRADIO, adding the birth of Harry and Meghan Markle's second baby could provide a "convenient excuse" not to "face the family".

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That statue of Princess Diana was commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognise all the incredible work she did as well as the impact she had on the UK and around the world. It will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, marking what would have been her 60th birthday.

Radio host Kevin O'Sullivan said Harry looked "very out of sorts" during his brief visit for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

Prince Harry and Prince William
It seems there is still some way to go in repairing Prince Harry and Prince William's once close relationship. Photo: Getty

"I'm wondering whether he received a very, very cold reception? I read that some quarters of the royal family literally just blocked him and didn't even talk to him.

"I think he may have been a bit shocked by the cool reception he got from his family, which begs the question, will he come back for the unveiling of the Diana memorial with his brother in July? Or will he pull out of that?"

Russell responded: "I'm told he is still committed to coming. Both camps are. Certainly, Kate and William will welcome him if he wants to come back.

"His intention is to come back. One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I'm sure he could jump on a private jet and make a flying visit.

Harry and Meghan speak to Oprah Winfrey
Harry might avoid returning home due to the birth of his and Meghan's second child. Photo: CBS

"But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn't have to come back and face the family?"

"I think a lot will determine what happens in the interim period. Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat," he added.

"I don't think we will realise the fallout of that Oprah Winfrey interview for some time.

"Maybe once we get back to a bit of normality, the rest of the family will start thinking about that a bit more carefully. It might not be good news for Harry."

Harry and William announced the commissioning of the statue two years ago on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's passing, at this stage, it's one of their only joint ventures.

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