Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had to weather an “upsetting” and difficult week leading up to their Saturday wedding.
But “everybody is very much behind them,” wedding guest and friend Dominic Reid tells PEOPLE.
Reid, who is chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, spoke out Thursday after several days of dramatic headlines surrounding the extended Markle family — including that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will be skipping the event due to health issues after he confirmed that he had taken part in staged paparazzi photos of himself leading up to the wedding.
“It is a difficult position for anybody to be in,” Reid says. “Anybody who has got married knows it is an anxious and highly emotional time and you want the family to be with you.
“Clearly it has been upsetting for them,” he continued. “It is not what you want to happen in the run-up. You want things to go smoothly. But things don’t always go smoothly in families – everybody is very much behind them. I hope very much that it is a happy day and that the difficulties of the past few days can pass now.”
SOURCE: SIMON PERRY