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Prince Charles will miss the unveiling of the monument to Princess Diana

On July 1, the unveiling of a monument to Princess Diana in honor of her 60th birthday will take place in the garden of Kensington Palace. Princes William and Harry (the latter has already flown to London and is serving a 10-day quarantine while visiting his cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband) will attend the ceremony, but Prince Charles, the brothers' father, and Diana's former husband will not. According to Western media reports, Charles decided to skip the opening because he does not want to distract himself from the ceremony.

“Charles and Diana have had a complicated relationship since their divorce, but they have learned to appreciate each other,” the insider said. According to his information, Charles will be in Scotland during the monument's unveiling.

This is not the first time Charles has missed a memorial for Diana, who tragically died in a car crash in 1997. On the 20th anniversary of her death, he was absent from the memorial service, preferring to spend that time with his wife Camilla.

Recall that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in 1981. It was rumored that Charles' father Prince Philip initiated the marriage, while Charles himself always wanted to be with Camilla and allegedly even cried all night before the wedding. In 1992, the couple divorced at the insistence of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana has repeatedly said in interviews that her marriage to Charles was difficult to call happy, blaming her husband's mistress Camilla, who later became his wife. “There were three of us in the marriage,” Diana said.

Charles married Camilla in 2005, eight years after Diana's death. The marriage ceremony was civil rather than ecclesiastical — the first time in the history of the British royal family. As a result of her marriage to Charles, Camilla received all of his titles, but she chooses not to use the title Princess of Wales to avoid associations with Princess Diana. Instead, Camilla uses the title Duchess of Cornwall (in England) and Rothesay (in Scotland).

It is reported that Harry and William's wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, will also not be at the opening of the memorial. Meghan has temporarily refused to travel and will not be in London as she is busy caring for her newborn daughter Lilibeth and two-year-old son Archie. As for Kate, she won't be able to attend the ceremony because of covid restrictions. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only Diana's close family members are allowed to attend the opening. An exception was made only for the author of the monument Ian Rank-Broadley and the designer of the garden Pip Morrison.

Harry last visited Britain in April, when he came to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip. The brothers' upcoming meeting promises to be tense, especially since William and Kate recently announced a boycott of Harry and Meghan.

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