Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Susex, attend the Festival of Remembrance in London. Picture: Reuters

Theirs was a fairy tale wedding watched by millions around the world. But days before their wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were dealing with their own emotional pain.

According to The Express, the couple, along with Prince William, were upset after Meghan's father refused to make the trip to the UK to walk her down the aisle. 

Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly in "floods of tears" at their wedding rehearsal. Prince William was also "upset" on behalf of his brother and new sister-in-law, too, just two days before they tied the knot, the British newspaper reported.

The Sun further reported that on the day of the royal wedding in May last year, both Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were "sobbing" and "inflows of tears" over the Duchess’s father’s decision not to attend his daughter’s nuptials. 

After announcing their engagement, Thomas Markle became embroiled in a series of staged paparazzi photos in the US. After requests from the Meghan and the palace for the media to leave her father alone, he decided to pull out of the wedding due to health concerns.

Since the birth of Archie, royal sources said Markle is still hoping to mend the rift between himself and his daughter. 

Markle told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "I would like them to send me a picture of Archie so I can frame it and put it on my wall beside the one of Meghan. Isn't that what any grandfather would want? I'd love to know if he's got the famous Markle nose."

The retired lighting director hadn't seen his daughter since before she married Prince Harry in May 2018, but hoped that motherhood would have "mellowed" the former actress, Bang Showbiz reported.