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If you’re wondering how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are coping with the last-minute royal wedding drama related to her father Thomas Markle, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Meghan and Harry are distraught and devastated—at least according to sources close to them.

Daily Mail got a “friend” of the couple to talk last night who said that Prince Harry feels like this is his fault, partly, for being royal. “Harry feels guilty that this has happened to someone he loves because they are in a relationship with him,” the source said. “He is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him… the problems he causes. He feels that anyone who gets associated with his life–this is the price they have to pay. He wants to protect her [Meghan] and this is really difficult for him to swallow.”

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Us Weekly reported via a source that the fact Thomas isn’t going to the wedding right now is very hard for Meghan to take in. “Meghan is devastated that her father isn’t making it,” the source said. “She has been very upset and would very much like for Tom to be at the wedding. She never disinvited him. She has always wanted him there.”

Daily Mail’s friend source echoed that sentiment. “This is not what she wants,” the source said of Thomas not going to the wedding. “She obviously wants her dad there. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do. She and Prince Harry are begging for people to give him some space. They have been saying this for weeks, while trying to offer him support and help. He is clearly feeling under immense pressure. The concern for him is real and genuine.”

Vanity Fair’s royal contributor Katie Nicholl gave Entertainment Tonight said a source told her Markle’s attempts to convince him to come may have worked. “I was told that Meghan had been in 11th hour talks with her father [last night],” Nicholl said. “They had quite a few conversations late into the night, with Meghan really pleading with her dad, telling him that this didn’t matter, they can get over this, but she really wanted him to be there for her special day. And I guess the ‘Please, Daddy’—it worked.”

“I was told by sources close to Meghan last night that she was utterly heartbroken that she couldn’t believe that this was happening just days before her wedding,” Nicholls said of it all. “That she is close to her father, they always had a special relationship, and that she feels that what he did in terms of staging those photographs were never meant with a cruel intention—it was actually meant to present himself in a more positive light. He didn’t ever have any understanding or any suspicions that this could have backfired on him as badly as it has done.”

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Thomas remains hospitalized for now, while Meghan’s mother Doria was photographed still in Los Angeles yesterday, despite reports that she was in London last week. The Palace hasn’t officially said anything beyond their brief statement yesterday afternoon, presumably because there isn’t anything more to say until this is more settled. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said then. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”



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