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Prince Harry races back to the US to be with Meghan after her uncle passes away

The Duke left London a day after Princess Diana's statue unveiling.

By Jess Pullar
Prince Harry has flown back to the US to be with Duchess Meghan after a family death.
The Duke of Sussex was in London for his mother Princess Diana's statue unveiling at Kensington Palace on Thursday.
But within 24 hours, he was packing up and heading back to his wife and two kids, Lilibet and Archie.
Last week, The Sun revealed Meghan's uncle, known as Mike Markle, had passed away aged 82.
In a statement from a source, the publication claimed the 82-year-old passed away after a battle with Parkinson's disease and suffering several falls.
It is understood the former diplomat was amicable with his niece, and even helped her get an internship with the American Embassy in Argentina after the then 20-year-old expressed an interest in foreign relations.
Harry revealed Princess Diana's statue shortly before racing back to the US to be with his wife Meghan. (Getty)
According to reports, Mike never met Prince Harry, but The Sun's source said he was "proud" of Meghan.
"He would always stop for a chat to say how proud he was of her even though he didn't often agree with how she went about things," they told the publication.
"He would usually just chuckle and say, 'It's not every day you have a prince in the family, though, I suppose!'"
Meghan's uncle reportedly never met Prince Harry, but no doubt the loss still hits close to home for the young family. (Getty)
On Thursday, Prince Harry emotionally unveiled Diana's statue alongside his brother, Prince William.
The beautiful instalment at Kensington Palace's Sunken Gardens features Diana standing with three young children, reflecting her kind, nurturing and loving nature.
Harry's visit to London was fleeting, having arrived only the weekend before where he quarantined for several days at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor before testing negative to COVID-19 so he could step out for the event.

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