A statue of Princess Diana is going to be installed on her 60th birthday in a very touching tribute, but the details surrounding Harry's attendance are still up in the air...
Prince Harry was reportedly "shocked" by the "very, very cold reception" he received from the Royal Family at Prince Philip's funeral.
So much so, that he might not fly over to the UK for his upcoming event...
Harry is expected to return for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana...
But according to a royal expert, he might just miss it all together. Here are all the details...
Now, of course, Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1st, 1961.
via: GettyShe lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy but still had a fairly normal childhood.
She was often described as shy and kind and was more creative than academically intelligent. She worked a range of fairly regular jobs in her youth, including working at a preschool.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world.
via: GettyShe lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs - although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn't doing too badly.
But, in 1977, Diana met Prince Charles.
via: GettyA little known fact about the pair's relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah. Diana and Charles's relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him "sir" throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast.
via: GettyAfter meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana. They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral, and the wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana's three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.
via: GettyThe two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.
via: GettyPrince Harry was born on 15th September 1984. However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn't quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...
via: GettyOne thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.
via: GettyShe was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
via: GettyUnlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
via: GettyOn top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996...
And, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed.
Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair.
via: GettyThe car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L'Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.
Diana's death was mourned around the world.
via: GettyThe totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana's funeral was televised and held on September 6th of 1997.
via: GettyIt garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy...
Because, alongside the world losing a real force for good, 2 young boys were left without their mother.
Over the years, as the boys have grown into men, William and Harry have ensured Diana's memory hasn't been forgotten...
via: GettyAnd they regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandma to 4 grandchildren.
It's truly heartbreaking to think of how close Diana would have been to her boys today...
And in order to pay tribute to what would have been her 60th birthday, both sons have decided to commission a statue of their late mother in Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, which will be installed on July 1, 2021.
The artwork will be a true reminder of the positive impact Diana had on the world.
via: Getty ImagesBoth William and Harry made a statement when the project was first announced saying that their mother "touched so many lives" and that they "hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."
The statue was made by Ian Rank-Broadley, who is also responsible for the portrait of the Queen on British coins.
via: Getty Images
But it looks as though Prince Harry might be absent for the big reveal...
Speaking to talkRADIO, royal expert, Russell Myers has questioned whether Harry will make an appearance.
"Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat," talking about his recent visit to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral.
He went on to say how Harry might even use the birth of his second child in summer, as a "convenient excuse" not to "face the family."
Radio host Kevin O'Sullivan explained how Prince Harry looked "very out of sorts" during his recent trip home.
He continued: "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 Myers replied: "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.
"But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn't have to come back and face the family?"
He added: "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.
"I don't think we will realize 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."
Stay tuned for more updates on Princess Diana's statue reveal...