Prince Harrys statement in full as he confirms return to UK on anniversary of Queens death

Prince Harry will be returning to the UK to attend a charity event the day before the first anniversary of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's death, it has already been confirmed.

It will be the first time he's been in the UK since his grandmother's funeral.

The Duke of Sussex announced he will be "honoured" to attend this year's award ceremony for a children's charity he has been patron of for 15 years.

The WellChild Awards are taking place on Thursday 7 September, just one day before the Royal Family marks the first anniversary of the passing of the late Queen.

However it's been reported that Prince Harry has "no intentions" of seeing his family – including father King Charles and brother Prince William during the trip.

Harry released a statement through WellChild to confirm his visit, saying: "For nearly 20 years, WellChild has been transforming the lives of children and young people across the UK, providing critical care that priorities the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of these individuals and their families.

"The courage and strength embodied by these young people – and the tireless devotion of those who support them – never cease to inspire me. I’m honoured to attend this year’s awards ceremony and celebrate their incredible work."

During the event, Harry will spend time with each winner and their families at a pre-ceremony reception before presenting the award for Inspirational Child and delivering a speech.

It is suggested that the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle will not be with her husband for the WellChild event, and instead she'll meet him in Germany for the start of the Invictus Games.

On September 7, Harry's father King Charles will still be at Balmoral, where he plans to spend the anniversary of his mother Queen Elizabeth's passing on September 8.

But Prince Harry apparently has "no intention" of rendezvousing with his father King Charles III and brother Prince William next month.

The King and the Prince of Wales have barely spoken to Harry and Meghan since their departure from the Royal Family in 2020.

It was recently reported that the Duke of Sussex would engage in "peace talks" with his estranged family members as the royals mark the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's death.

However, these plans have been seemingly ripped up and binned, with a source recently telling The Mirror that their relationship remains "firmly rooted at rock bottom" and will not be burying their grievances.

"While some may suggest it would be good order for the family to settle their differences, perhaps even in the late Queen's memory, things are a long way off," they added.

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