Meghan Markle will not return to the UK to mark the late Princess Diana’s 60th birthday (Image: Getty Images)

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Meghan Markle will not return to UK as Prince Harry flies home to reunite with William to mark the late Princess Diana's 60th birthday.

Harry, 36, and brother Prince William, 38, will reunite to unveil a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace on July 1.

They have been working on and designing the statue since 2017.

Harry and William are expected to make separate speeches at the unveiling.

A source close to the Sussexes said: "Meghan is not going to travel. She has just had a baby and Harry will travel alone."

A plinth for Diana's statue has been laid in Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden, said to be Diana’s favourite spot in the grounds.

Prince Harry will be returning home to unveil a statue in memory of his mum Princess Diana
(Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

In 2017, the 20th anniversary of her death, the spot was transformed into a tribute to Diana, with a display of her favourite flowers including white roses and lilies, tulips and daisies.

Sean Harkin, Kensington Palace’s head gardener, said the choice of flowers reflected Diana’s love of cream and white blooms.

Harry will be required to produce a negative Covid test before he arrives, and take two more when in the UK.

He may be forced to quarantine for 10 days at his Frogmore Cottage home, in the grounds of the Windsor estate, just as he did when he returned for Philip’s funeral.

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But he could release himself from quarantine if he produces a negative test on the fifth day of his stay.

The Duke of Sussex's planned return to the UK comes after he described his royal family life as "a mix between The Truman Show and being in a zoo" back in May on a podcast with Dax Shephard.

In March, Prince Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah saw him say that there was "a lot of hurt" between him and his father. His more recent Apple TV interview with the host saw him accuse the royals of "total neglect" over his mental health.