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Prince Charles reportedly won’t join Harry and William at Princess Diana’s statue unveiling because he has a trip planned

Summary List PlacementPrince Harry and Prince William will attend the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of Princess Diana on Thursday, which would have been her 60th birthday.  Kensington Palace has released details of the event to Insider, including the guest list. Aside from William and Harry, the only people expected to attend are the "close family" of Diana, members of the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer, Pip Morrison.  One person noticeably absent from the list is Diana's former husband, the Prince of Wales.  The Sun reports that Prince Charles won't be at the ceremony because he already...

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Prince Harry and Prince William will attend the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of Princess Diana on Thursday, which would have been her 60th birthday. 

Kensington Palace has released details of the event to Insider, including the guest list. Aside from William and Harry, the only people expected to attend are the “close family” of Diana, members of the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer, Pip Morrison. 

One person noticeably absent from the list is Diana’s former husband, the Prince of Wales. 

The Sun reports that Prince Charles won’t be at the ceremony because he already has a trip to Scotland planned.

“Charles will leave the boys to it. Harry will need to quarantine for at least five days when he lands in England, most likely at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor,” an anonymous source told the publication. 

“Charles has made it quite clear he will not be around beyond that because he is going to Scotland. There is no planned meeting between the three of them,” the source added. 

Meanwhile, an anonymous source who claims to be a friend of the prince told The Times of London: “ He does find it terribly difficult. These moments have the potential to resurface old wounds, and it brings back memories for him; happy, sad, regretful.”

The event will take place at Kensington Palace, the royal home Diana resided in with William and Harry. 

Charles and Diana were married for 15 years. They separated in 1992 and continued to carry out royal duties individually before ultimately divorcing in 1996. 

Charles admitted to having an affair during a TV interview in 1994, saying he had remained faithful until the relationship “became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”

The prince walked behind Diana’s coffin alongside William, Harry, Prince Philip, and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer. He also attended the opening of Diana’s memorial fountain in Hyde Park in 2004. 

Harry has traveled to the UK from his home in Santa Barbara, California to attend the ceremony.

Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton previously told Insider that Harry has a long way to before reconciling with his father and Prince William. 

“You don’t say that your brother’s trapped and your father’s trapped in the institution, which you were born into, and expect everyone to be all sweet,” Morton said, referencing comments made by the duke during the Oprah Winfrey interview in March.

The status of Charles’ relationship with the Duke of Sussex is currently unknown. They were last seen together at the funeral of Prince Philip in April, their first reunion since Harry and Markle’s interview with Oprah.

Clarence House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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