Further doubt is being cast over a return to the UK for Prince Harry, as he and wife Meghan await the birth of their second child in the "next couple of weeks".
It was reported both Harry and Prince William would attend the unveiling of a statue dedicated to their mother Princess Diana, as part of commemorations for what would have been her 60th birthday, in July.
Harry was already reportedly so "shocked" by the "very, very cold reception" he received from the royal family after he arrived for Prince Philip's funeral that there was already speculation he might cancel the trip.
Harry may miss Diana event
And now, a royal expert has said he might choose to miss the event if Meghan does give birth beforehand.
"The things I’m being told is they still really want to be there, both of them. Certainly, William and Kate will be there," the Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers said on ITV.
"But whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer … It will certainly be in the next couple of weeks."
The statue has been a long-term project for Harry and William, with a source recently telling The Sun there was "hope the memory of Diana can repair their relationship but that seems a long way off right now".
Harry's 'deteriorating relationship' with family
And Myers agreed it could be crucial for the "deteriorating relationship" between the brothers that Harry attend.
"It’s been talked about for so many months now, this deteriorating relationship," he added.
"And the issue is that Harry is expecting a second child – a baby girl on the way, and whether they [Harry and Will] will attend together or whether they will make separate speeches."
A source told The Sun recently that relations between Prince Charles and Prince Harry are "at their lowest ever point", after he accused the royal family of “total neglect” in the Apple TV+ show, The Me You Can’t See.
Things are 'hanging by a thread'
Another insider told the Daily Mail that things are "hanging by a thread" at the moment as Harry's family are "struggling to understand what he gets from, or hopes to achieve by, interventions like this".
While the brothers appeared to be recently united in their attack on the BBC for a 'deceitful' interview with Princess Diana, royal watchers had hoped their mother's 60th birthday celebrations would have helped mend their relationship.
It comes after Prince William and Prince Harry gave their permission for Princess Diana's wedding dress to be shown at Kensington Palace as part of a Historic Royal Palaces temporary exhibition.
Curators of the exhibition announced on Monday the brothers had agreed to allow Diana's gown to be included as the centrepiece of the new exhibit called Royal Style in the Making, which opens on June 3 in the Orangery of Kensington Palace.
The exhibition will kick off a number of commemorative events in honour of what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday on July 1, which is when the statue of the late royal will be unveiled.
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