Kate Middleton, Princes William and Harry not attending the Rio Olympics for 'range of reasons'

The royal trio won't be heading to Rio! It has been confirmed that Kate Middleton, Princes Williamand Harrywill miss the 2016 Olympics next month. A royal source told HELLO!, "It was under consideration at some point that some or one of them might go, but for a whole range of reasons they are not going."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry have other overseas trips lined up in the coming weeks and HELLO! understands that this was a factor in the decision to miss the sporting event.

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William, Kate and Harry were ambassadors for the London 2012 Olympics Photo: IAN WEST/AFP/GettyImages

Prince Harry visited Brazil in 2012 and again in 2014, even venturing into the notorious Cracolandia district of Sao Paulo – Brazil's crack cocaine capital – so security is unlikely to have been a major concern this time around.

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Other reports have claimed that the British royals were put off by the Zika virus that has struck the host country. It is believed that the Duchess, mother to Prince Georgeand Princess Charlotte, would like to have a third child so she did not want to take the risk venturing to Brazil.

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The Zika virus primarily affects pregnant women, resulting in thousands of babies being born with deformities. In addition, if a man were to get Zika through a mosquito bite, he could potentially affect his sexual partner and put their unborn baby at risk. However Kensington Palace has denied that the Zika virus affected the royals' decision.

Kensington Palace said that the Zika virus did not affect their decision Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It is thought that Princess Anne will be the only member of the royal family set to attend. Her equestrian daughter Zara Tindall, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, was not selected for this year's eventing team.

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William, Kate and Harry are not the only royals who will avoid the plane ride to Brazil, despite officials stating that the virus is under control. Monaco twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella's mom Princess Charlene will also not attend.

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The retired Olympic swimmer's husband Prince Albert said, "She doesn't like what she's been reading and hearing about the Zika virus."

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