PRINCE Harry and Meghan have been accused of widening their family rift by snubbing a bash in honour of his mum.
They have turned down invitations to a rescheduled party celebrating Princess Diana's life.
It will further harm the already strained relationship between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39, and father Prince Charles, 72, royal-watchers say.
They have been at odds with each other since Harry's decision to step down as a senior royal and move the US with Meghan, 40.
Despite knocking the royal invitation, Meghan jetted to New York alone to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final and the couple also broadcast live from Central Park for a Global Citizen Live event late last month.
Royal expert and author, Penny Junor said: "It is a great shame they are not coming.
"The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.
"They don't come back and the rift continues.
"There is a lot of work to be done, it's a shame they can't come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work."
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Next week's do at Kensington Palace was supposed to have been held after the unveiling of Diana's statue there in July.
Harry attended that alone, leaving Meghan home in California following the birth of their second child, Lilibet.
About 100 friends and family including Harry's pals Elton John and David Furnish are expected at the rearranged event.
Harry is researching his mum's life for his bombshell memoir and it was always thought that he would return for the party.
Meanwhile, aides have also said they do not expect Afghanistan veteran Harry to return for this year's Remembrance Day commemorations.
It comes after he was denied the chance last year to lay a wreath at the cenotaph.
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