Kates absence from Diana statue unveiling is telling on so many levels – Page Six

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Kate Middleton’s absence from Princess Diana’s memorial launch Thursday will be “telling on so many levels,” according to family sources.

Prince William’s wife is missing out on the unveiling of a statue to mark what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday after the guest list was slashed.

And while it was expected that Kate would be on hand to broker peace between William and his brother, Prince Harry, a source told Page Six: “Catherine’s absence speaks volumes.”

“I think keeping the numbers down is a perfect ‘excuse’ for Catherine to stay away. William is fed up with the drama and Catherine doesn’t need to be dragged into this.

“They are planning a private family visit with their children, and that private moment is far more important than the public rhetoric.”

Left: Prince Harry and Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2018. Right: Kate Middleton in June 2021
It was expected that Kate Middleton would be on hand at the upcoming Princess Diana statue unveiling to broker peace between Prince Harry and Prince William.
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The source added, “William is determined that the Sussex drama does not overshadow this important moment of remembrance to his much-missed mother and is keeping that as his focus.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton are pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018.
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Last week it was reported that invitations to the unveiling at Kensington Palace had already been drastically scaled back in recent days from the 100-plus guests originally planned due to COVID-19-related rules.

Prince Charles, Diana’s ex-husband, will also reportedly be absent from the event, as “old wounds” could be resurfaced.

“It brings back memories for him; happy, sad, regretful,” an insider told the UK Times. “Since Diana’s death, he has felt it’s best to keep those memories to himself and leave his sons to it.”

The palace confirmed that William, 39, and Harry, 36, will now be joined only by Diana’s close family, the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and garden designer Pip Morrison — as Camilla Tominey of the UK Telegraph also said there were concerns inside the palace that Harry would be “outflanked” if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both turned up.

Princess Diana and Prince William in 1983
Prince William, seen here in 1983 with Princess Diana, doesn’t want any drama to overshadow honoring his late mother.
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Harry has already landed in the UK, where he is currently in quarantine at his Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, where he is believed to have been visited by his grandmother the Queen.

His wife, Meghan Markle, is at home in California caring for their 3-week old daughter, Lilibet Diana, and their 2-year-old son, Archie.

It appears there will be no rapprochement on the big day for the feuding brothers, whose falling-out has only deepened since the Sussexes’ move to the US amid a split from their royal duties.

The source said: “It’s highly doubtful there will be a coming together of the brothers for anything more than the unveiling. Harry can be petulant and defensive and is unlikely to apologize or even acknowledge any wrongdoing and William, who has seen the hurt caused by his brother ripple through the whole family, is not sanguine about how their relationship is changed for good. 

“The gulf between them is more than the 5,000 miles between London and California.”

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