Prince Harry attends lads lunch with Army friends after Diana statue unveiling

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Prince Harry attended a 'lads' lunch' with his Army pals after his mother's statue unveiling yesterday, a royal source has exclusively told OK!.

The Duke of Sussex made a sharp exit after the official event, leaving Kensington Palace after just 90 minutes.

It was previously not known if he was heading back to Frogmore Cottage to meet the Queen, or catching a flight back to LA to be with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.

But a royal source tells OK! the Prince enjoyed a lunch organised in advance by former school friends and Army mates.

"Prince Harry's time in the Army remains incredibly important to him," a royal source tells OK!.

"It was the happiest time of his life before Meghan and the children, because he could be himself and was seen by his colleagues as one of them, not a prince.

"This is something he's talked about openly recently. It's no surprise that he wanted to reconnect with his old friends while he was in UK.

"He was crushed by the decision to remove his military titles."

The Queen decided to strip Prince Harry of his military titles as part of the Megxit agreement in February.

He reportedly agreed to do his bombshell Oprah interview with Meghan, which was broadcast in March, less than 24 hours after being informed.

One source claimed that after his wedding to Meghan, Prince Harry tried to "cut everyone from the UK off" before leaving for the US.

But now three years later, Duke of Sussex is "showing signs of wanting to reconnect with his old life" and his close circle of inner friends.

It has also been claimed that Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are the only royals that Harry has kept in close contact with since he and Meghan quit the Firm.

Prince Harry has been in the UK this week to attend a ceremony celebrating the life of his late beloved mum.

The duke arrived ahead of the Thursday, July 1 unveiling of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales' statue – commissioned to honour her memory on what would have been her 60th birthday.

It was the second time Harry has stood publicly with William amid rumours of a huge rift between the brothers.

The Queen could not attend the unveiling but has extended an olive branch to the Sussexes by inviting them to her mammoth Platinum Jubilee celebrations next summer.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the Duke and Duchess plan to attend the Queen's official birthday parade which will take place over four days next June.

But it is unclear whether Harry and Meghan will appear on the balcony with the rest of the Royal Family.

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