Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in floods of tears at Royal Wedding rehearsal over her dad Thomas being absent

The young couple sobbed over her dad’s decision not to attend today’s ceremony.

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

A courtier who was there told The Sun: “They were both in tears at what is going on with Meghan’s father in America and Prince William was pretty upset as well.”

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

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

They include superfan Victoria McRae, 24, yesterday in a replica Princess Diana wedding dress with a sign saying “it’s not too late”.

The Australian, 24, has repeated 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. She said: “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” IT manageress Alison Noel, 52, from Los Angeles, said: “I’m super excited because we’re going to have a princess from LA.

“I can’t wait to see the happy couple. The folks back home will be so jealous.”

Carolyn Sherwill, 40, from New Zealand, said: “This is an event I couldn’t miss. Harry’s so cute!”

But two Brit pensioners who have been camping in Windsor since Wednesday were told to take their tent down by police.

Friends Margaret Tinsley, 76, of Gillingham, Dorset, and Eunice Hartstone, 74, of Lymington, Hants, refused to let it dampen their spirits. Eunice said: “Our husbands think we’re mad but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We’ve got plenty of wine, bread and champagne to see us through.”


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Meanwhile killjoy cops have told fans not to chuck confetti.

They reckoned it could heighten security fears and moaned that “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.

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