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Harry and Meghan in ‘floods of tears’ at rehearsal

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were in floods of tears at their wedding rehearsal this week, a royal insider has revealed.

The young couple sobbed over her dad Thomas Markle's decision not to attend today's ceremony, The Sun reports.

Best man Prince William is also said to have got himself worked up during Thursday's practice at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

"They were both in tears at what is going on with Meghan's father in America and Prince William was pretty upset as well," a courtier who was there told The Sun.

Despite Meghan's pleas to change his mind, Mr Markle, 73, who is said to have suffered a recent heart attack, has decided not to attend on health grounds.

About 150,000 Royal fans from across the globe have been welcomed to the Berkshire town by town crier Chris Brown, 49.

They include super fan Victoria McRae, 24, who was spotted yesterday wearing a replica Princess Diana wedding dress with a sign saying "it's not too late".

The Australian, 24, has repeatedly asked Harry to marry her.

In 2013, she was stopped by cops in a kayak trying to paddle out to meet him in Sydney Harbour.

American Donna Werner, 66, flew from Connecticut on Tuesday.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world," she said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen arriving for a wedding dress rehearsal, both wearing dark sunglasses. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen arriving for a wedding dress rehearsal, both wearing dark sunglasses. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun

Los Angeles information technology manager Alison Noel, 52, was "super excited" for the world to have a "princess from LA".

"I can't wait to see the happy couple. The folks back home will be so jealous," she said.

Carolyn Sherwill, 40, of New Zealand, said: "This is an event I couldn't miss. Harry's so cute!"

Two Brit pensioners, who had been camping in Windsor since Wednesday, were not so pleased when police told them to take their tent down.

However, friends Margaret Tinsley, 76, of Dorset, and Eunice Hartstone, 74, of Hampshire, refused to let it dampen their spirits.

"Our husbands think we're mad but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Eunice said.

"We've got plenty of wine, bread and champagne to see us through."

Prince Harry smiles as he comes out to meet wellwishers on the street outside Windsor Castle. Picture: AFP/Jonathan Brady
Prince Harry smiles as he comes out to meet wellwishers on the street outside Windsor Castle. Picture: AFP/Jonathan Brady

Meanwhile, killjoy cops have told fans not to chuck confetti because it could heighten security fears and "it's a bit of a pain to clean up".

In its largest-ever operation, the Thames Valley force is throwing a ring of steel around the town.

Soldiers will also be out in force and drains have been taped up.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission

 

Thomas Markle speaks out about Meghan's decision to have Charles walk her down the aisle

THOMAS Markle has responded to the news that Prince Charles will step in and walk his daughter Meghan down the aisle at the royal wedding.

Speaking to TMZ, Mr Markle said he was "honoured and grateful" that Charles would be the person to give his daughter away in his stead.

Mr Markle, 73, was forced to pull out of attending the wedding after a scandal involving staged paparazzi photographs and heart surgery.

He told the celebrity site that he had spoken to his worried daughter on the phone, reassuring her he was recovering well after his heart condition scare.

He also said he would "proudly" watch the wedding on television from "a secluded place with friends, hopefully with no press".

Meghan Markle arrives at Cliveden House Hotel to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan Markle arrives at Cliveden House Hotel to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)

While Prince Charles will walk Ms Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding on Saturday, she has made the bold choice to complete part of the bridal procession alone.

In what CNN has described as a "striking feminist statement", the US news channel reports that Ms Markle will walk down the aisle of the nave of St George's Chapel unescorted.

Prince Charles will take her by the arm when she approaches the quire, where the guests will be seated, and will chaperone her to the foot of the altar.

Then, in another break from tradition, Charles will step back and Ms Markle will approach Prince Harry alone. In effect, no one will "give her away".

The unprecedented arrangement, which Ms Markle came up with herself, would have been the same had her father Thomas Markle been well enough to attend the wedding.

Kensington Palace said in a statement on Friday: "Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her wedding day.

"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way."

It had been speculated her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, was going to do the honours but Prince Charles has stepped up for the ceremony.

The confirmation comes after a dramatic week for Meghan Markle and the royal family after her half-sister Samantha Markle, admitted suggesting their father pose for staged photographs and said he was facing an "unbelievable" amount of stress and had suffered a heart attack.

Mr Markle told celebrity website TMZ he would not attend the wedding out of embarrassment, but then changed his mind - if doctors would let him. That prospect was ruled out after he underwent heart surgery.

On Thursday, Ms Markle confirmed her dad would not attend.

Meghan Markle arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House on the eve of her wedding. Picture: AFP/Steve Parsons
Meghan Markle arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House on the eve of her wedding. Picture: AFP/Steve Parsons

"I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health," she said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."

On Friday, her mother met the Queen for the first time and will stay with Meghan overnight at Cliveden House, a luxury five-star hotel not far from Windsor. They will travel to St George's Chapel together for the ceremony.

She will be the only member of Ms Markle's family to attend, with her half-brother and half-sister, Samantha and Thomas Markle Junior, not receiving invitations.

 

'We called ourselves sister wives'

Meanwhile Ms Markle's former Suits co-stars have spoken of their shock at being invited to the wedding of the year and how they knew "very little" of her relationship with the prince.

Suits stars Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty and Rick Hoffman told NBC about their friendship with Ms Markle with Hoffman revealing how she accompanied him to a wedding in Paris after he was left dateless five years ago.

"I had gotten the news early and I was like, you've got to be kidding me. It was like both of us in the trailer, just kind of like 'you're dating a prince?'…and then I was just like take it slow, be careful, don't let him hurt you," he said.

Torres said she was "shocked" about getting an invite to the wedding, saying: "I hope nothing but, as we all do, the best for her. This is an incredible step in her life and so to bear witness to that is extraordinary."

Sarah Rafferty said the trio "called ourselves the sister wives … we were with each other for longer than we went to college or high school with our friends so we became family, we're still family so this is a wonderful family affair," she said.

 

Duke to attend wedding

It comes as the royal family revealed the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, would also attend following his recent hip surgery.

Prince Charles has previously given away Alexandra Knatchbull in 2016, the granddaughter of his friend, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who the newborn Prince Louis is believed to be named after.

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter said Prince Charles would be "tickled pink" with his new role although he would have personally liked to see her mum walk with her. Others on social media praised Prince Charles for stepping in, while some suggested it was a missed opportunity for her mum.

Meanwhile, former England captain Mike Tindall has advised Ms Markle to "relax" ahead of the daunting ceremony that will see her become a member of the world's most famous family.

Tindall married the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011 and said the family is good at putting people at ease.

"[They will] go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room, and that's what they are amazing at. Then suddenly you're in the family and they welcome you," he said.

Prince Harry and Ms Markle were spotted travelling to Windsor on Thursday alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a rehearsal of Saturday's events.

 

Prince Philip to attend royal wedding

PRINCE Philip will be at his grandson Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It had been feared the 96-year-old Prince might miss the big day after he recently underwent a hip replacement.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday he would be in attendance.

Philip, who is the Queen's husband, retired from public life in August last year after seven decades of public service.

Prince Charles has been chosen to walk Meghan down the aisle. Picture: AP/Petros Giannakouris
Prince Charles has been chosen to walk Meghan down the aisle. Picture: AP/Petros Giannakouris

 

Prince Charles to walk Meghan down aisle on wedding day

PRINCE Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding on Saturday.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her wedding day.

"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way."

It comes after Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, 73, was forced to pullout of attending the wedding following a scandal involving staged paparazzi photographs and heart surgery.

It had been speculated her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, was going to do the honours but Prince Charles has stepped up for the ceremony.

Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles at a civil ceremony at Windsor in 2005.

He reportedly gets on very well with his new daughter-in-law.