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Why Prince Charles will miss the Princess Diana statue

Prince Charles will reportedly be absent from Princess Diana’s upcoming statue unveiling.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the Prince of Wales, who was married to the late mother of Princes William and Harry from 1981 to 1996, elected to not attend the memorial moment just because he "doesn't want to be a distraction."

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"He and Diana had a sophisticated relationship after their divorce, but they came to understand one another ," the source added of Charles, who will reportedly be in Scotland at the time of the revealing .

Diana died in 1997 following a car crash in Paris, France. She was 36.

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Charles, 72, was also noticeably absent from commemorative events paying tribute to Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death, instead, spending the time together with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall within the royal family’s range in Scotland.

The statue was commissioned by William, 39, and Harry, 36, back in 2017 and was set to be presented in 2020, however, the coronavirus pandemic put plans on hold. Now, the event to "recognize [Diana’s] positive impact within the uk and round the world" will happen officially on Dominion Day – the day on which Diana would have turned 60.

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The statue was sculpted by artist Ian Rank-Broadley and for its unveiling, Diana’s siblings, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Charles Spencer, are going to be attending as will William and Harry, members of the statue committee and garden designer Pip Morrison.

The unveiling will mark the primary time Harry will reunite together with his family in his home country since the funeral of his grandfather, Philip , in April.