“Meghan knows how hard it was to attend his grandfather’s funeral alone and wants doesn’t want that to happen again. Harry was given the cold shoulder by most of his relatives, with several refusing to talk to him or even make eye contact,” an insider told the outlet, referring to Prince Philip's funeral when Harry flew back to the U.K. for the first time since he left the royal family.
“Since the funeral things have got worse, not better, so you can only imagine how he will be treated at the big event on July 1,” the source added.
The couple's newborn daughter will not be making the trip — but their son, Archie, might tag along.
“Meghan and Harry know the event is going to be dominated by Prince William, Kate [Middleton] and their children. The Cambridges call Kensington Palace home and have been working [hard] to make the entire event is flawless,” the insider divulged.
“The day will not just be about honoring Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday, but also an opportunity for William to take ownership of his mother's legacy,” the source continued. “That will be more difficult if Meghan and Harry attend."
However, according to palace insiders, Queen Elizabeth is hoping William and Harry can put on a united front for the big day.
The statue will be placed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace — a favorite place of the late princess when she lived at the palace — and Radar obtained the first image of the gorgeous setting.
“It has been twenty years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” William and Harry said in a joint statement in 2017 about the project. “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”