Meghan Markle reportedly won't join Prince Harry at the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue in London

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in January 2020. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/WPA Pool/Getty Images
  • Meghan Markle won't join Prince Harry at the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue.

  • Royal reporters Lizzie Robinson and Victoria Ward say the duchess won't fly to the UK.

  • The statue will be unveiled on Diana's 60th birthday on July 1.

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The Duchess of Sussex reportedly won't join Prince Harry in the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue.

ITV News' royals reporter Lizzie Robinson and the Daily Telegraph's acting royal correspondent Victoria Ward wrote on Twitter that reports claiming Meghan Markle would attend the event were untrue.

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Sources told Ward that Markle would not attend because she has recently given birth to the couple's second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

They welcomed Lilibet at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4.

The statue will be unveiled at Diana's former Kensington Palace home on July 1, marking what would have been her 60th birthday, Hello! Magazine reported in April.

Prince Harry and Prince William announced in 2017 that Ian Rank-Broadley would design the statue. Rank-Broadley is known for his design of the Queen on British coins.

"We have been touched by the kind words and memories so many people have shared about our mother over these past few months. It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the UK and across the world, even 20 years after her death." the brothers said in a statement obtained by Hello! Magazine in 2017.

"Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother. We look forward to unveiling the statue, which will allow all those who visit Kensington Palace to remember and celebrate her life and legacy," they added.

Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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