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Diana statue: Harry 'flying in and out on same day' says expert

Royal author Phil Dampier said he would not be surprised if Britons do not see the Duchess of Sussex for "some time". He added the birth of her daughter provides Meghan with the "perfect excuse" not to attend the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace on July 1.

Mr Dampier told The Sun: "It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see Meghan for some time.

“I don’t think she is popular with the royals or the public in the UK anymore and I think she will prefer to stay in California with her two young children.

“The birth of Lilibet gives her a perfect excuse not to come.

“It may be seen as a swipe at the Royal Family, but it will just be added to an already long list."

The royal expert also warned that if Meghan did attend the statue unveiling it would "turn into a circus".

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Meghan is unlikely to return to the UK for the Princess Diana statue unveiling - royal expert (Image: YOUTUBE)

Mr Dampier said: “In the unlikely event she did come, it would turn into a circus and detract from the point of the unveiling, which is to remember Diana.

“This is the best opportunity for William and Harry to repair their relationship, and it may be better for the brothers to sort things out between them on their own."

Meghan and Harry, who are living in California after quitting royal duties last year, welcomed their baby Lilibet "Lili'' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor earlier this month.

The unveiling of the statue in honour of Diana will be only the second time Harry has returned to the UK since Megxit.

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7.45am update: Kate and William ‘very upset’ over rift with Harry

Kate and Prince William are "very upset" over the feud with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lady Colin Campbell has said.

Lady C told GB News's Dan Wootton: “Well, my understanding is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are really upset about the way things have gone down.

“They love Harry and they remember Harry as Harry was for the first 34 or whatever years of his life.

“This is a completely new Harry that everybody is dealing with. It’s very sad for them and they’re very upset about it.”

7.35am update: Harry is ‘devoted family man’ as Meghan gets ‘back on her feet’ after birth

Prince Harry is committed to looking after his family as Meghan Markle "gets back on her feet" following the birth of their second child, a friend of the couple has claimed.

The insider told Closer: "The couple has been relaxing at home since becoming proud parents of Lilibet.

"[Meghan] is already back on her feet and walking the dogs."

The source added: "Harry is a devoted family man and has been helping out around the house.

"He picks vegetables from the garden to make fresh juices for Meghan and entertains Archie when she needs to rest up.

“He loves taking Archie to see the chickens or for a swim in the pool."

7.30am update: Meghan's book misses out on top 50 best sellers spot

Meghan Markle's "mind-bogglingly bad" The Bench has failed to make it into the UK's top 50 best-selling books.

Expectations were high as the Duchess of Sussex put pen to paper in her new literary venture.

The 40-paged book is a love poem to a new father about the relationship he'll enjoy with his son, written from the perspective of the mother.

However, the book failed to make a real impression among British readers, selling just 3,212 copies in its first week.

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