The sweet sign Prince Harry was thinking of Meghan Markle at Princess Diana’s statue unveiling

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England
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Prince Harry returned to the UK alone for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s memorial statue last week, though there was reportedly a sweet sign he was thinking of Meghan Markle during this poignant occasion. 

Prince Harry recently flew back to the UK for the second time this year as he reunited with Prince William for the unveiling of a new memorial statue of Princess Diana (opens in new tab). The brothers reportedly approved this touching tribute (opens in new tab) together and they revealed the heartbreaking wish they share (opens in new tab) as the statue was shown to the world on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1st. 

Whilst rumours had circulated about who else might possibly attend the Princess Diana statue unveiling, neither Kate Middleton nor Meghan Markle accompanied their royal husbands. Instead, Meghan remained in California, having welcomed her and Harry’s first daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana (opens in new tab) last month. 

However, despite not having Meghan’s support in-person during the unveiling, it seems that Harry showed a sweet sign he was thinking of her. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England

The prince, who is sixth in line to the throne (opens in new tab), was pictured fiddling with his wedding ring whilst walking with William towards the statue. As reported by OK! magazine, body language expert Judi James has expressed her belief that this displayed a sign of anxiety. She also suggested that he was turning to his greatest source of comfort - his wife Meghan and their family. 

“Harry fiddled with his wedding ring which is clearly a reference to seeing his family as a source of comfort under pressure," she reportedly explained. According to the publication, Judi thinks that twisting his wedding ring is something Harry only does when he feels “under pressure or lonely”.

This recent appearance comes after the brothers have been surrounded by rumours of an alleged "rift" in the aftermath of  Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah interview. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Whilst earlier this year, the Duke of Sussex admitted he was “afraid” to return to the UK (opens in new tab) for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab) in April. He opened up to The Associated Press in a joint interview with Oprah Winfrey to promote their Apple TV+ docuseries, The Me You Can’t See (opens in new tab).

Here, Harry also shared how he used coping skills learnt in therapy to work through his trepidation at facing the cameras and anxiety once more. Harry arrived alone for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, as Meghan was reportedly advised against flying due to her pregnancy with Lilibet. 

The thought that Prince Harry could have been drawing comfort from thoughts of Meghan during his latest emotional UK visit is certainly heart-warming.