The heartache of Alizee Thevenet as she married James Middleton at their glittering wedding in the South of France can be revealed today.
Her father died just months before the ceremony which had to be postponed twice due to Covid.
Friends say it meant the newlyweds' big day was a joyful occasion tinged with some sadness because retired diplomat Jean Gabriel Thevenet could not be there to walk Alizee down the aisle.
James Middleton and his bride Alizee Thevenet beam for the camera as they announced their wedding at an exclusive chateau in the south of France on Saturday on Instagram
However their big day was tinged with some sadness, say friends, because Alizee's beloved father retired diplomat Jean Gabriel Thevenet (pictured) passed away a few months before
Mr Middleton and Alizee married in front of 50 guests including her mother Laurence at the Chateau Leoube (pictured), an exclusive vineyard that produces some of France's finest rose
Chateau Leoube in the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence is owned British billionaire JCB chairman Anthony Bamford and is a favourite holiday destination for the rich and famous
A source told MailOnline: 'It was a happy day but sadly Jean Gabriel was not there. He died five months ago. He was only in his 60's. It is a real tragedy. His wife Laurence was at the wedding, of course.