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Karl Stefanovic’s estranged father Alex sends best wishes to Today Show ahead of Mexican nuptials

Karl Stefanovic has long been estranged from his father, with his dad previously claiming he and his brother Peter ‘walked away’ from him 25 years ago.

But ahead of Karl’s second wedding to fiancée Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico on Saturday, dad Alex Stefanovic, 71, has wished the couple well.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia outside his Queensland home, Alex shared a special message to his eldest son: ”It’ll be a game changer for [Karl]. He’ll be very happy I’m sure… I just wish them all the very best for the rest of their lives.’

EXCLUSIVE ‘I wish them the very best’: Karl Stefanovic’s estranged father Alex sends special wedding message to the Today show host after turning down invite due to medical reasons. The 71 year-old is seen outside his Queensland home

‘Our relationship is better than ever,’ Alex said, adding the pair had ‘let bygones be bygones’.

Claiming to have been invited to the wedding since the pair reconciled their relationship, Alex said Karl, 44, and Jasmine, 34, were disappointed he couldn’t attend the lavish festivities abroad.

‘Yes I was [invited],’ he revealed. ‘About three months ago. I was very hopeful of going, but unfortunately I’ve got a condition which stopped me from getting on a plane.’

Heartfelt: Seen here mowing the lawn, Alex shared a special message to his eldest son: 'It'll be a game changer for [Karl]. He'll be very happy I'm sure...' 

Heartfelt: Seen here mowing the lawn, Alex shared a special message to his eldest son: ‘It’ll be a game changer for [Karl]. He’ll be very happy I’m sure…’ 

'Yes I was [invited]': Alex claimed Karl (L) and Jasmine (R) were disappointed that he couldn't attend their nuptials, and said he had been invited to attend three months ago

‘Yes I was [invited]’: Alex claimed Karl (L) and Jasmine (R) were disappointed that he couldn’t attend their nuptials, and said he had been invited to attend three months ago

Hard at work: Shielding his head from the rays with an akubra hat, Alex pushes the grass cutter in front of his house

Hard at work: Shielding his head from the rays with an akubra hat, Alex pushes the grass cutter in front of his house

Hard at work: Shielding his head from the rays with an akubra hat, Alex pushes the grass cutter in front of his house

Taking a break: Pausing, the Today Show host's father is seen massaging his left hand 

Taking a break: Pausing, the Today Show host’s father is seen massaging his left hand 

Grass is greener: Wearing a grey t-shirt, shorts and welly boots, Alex exercised his green thumb after revealing his relationship with Karl is 'better than ever.'

Grass is greener: Wearing a grey t-shirt, shorts and welly boots, Alex exercised his green thumb after revealing his relationship with Karl is ‘better than ever.’

Alex continued: ‘Karl said he was very, very disappointed. He and Jasmine were very disappointed that I wasn’t able to make it. That’s the way life is.’  

The Nine star’s father expressed his delight that Karl’s children from his 21-year marriage to Cassandra Thorburn have also flown in for the special event.

‘I absolutely love my grandkids, and always will. I’m so pleased that they’re all there to witness an event that is so important to Karl.’ 

'He was very disappointed!' Claiming to have been invited to the wedding since the pair had reconciled their relationship, Alex said Karl and Jasmine were sad that he couldn't attend

‘He was very disappointed!’ Claiming to have been invited to the wedding since the pair had reconciled their relationship, Alex said Karl and Jasmine were sad that he couldn’t attend

'I'm so pleased that they're all there to witness and event that is so important to Karl!' The Nine star's father expressed his delight that Karl's children from his 21 year marriage to Cassandra Thorburn have also flown in for the special event including eldest son Jackson 19, who had been rumoured to be missing their nuptials

‘I’m so pleased that they’re all there to witness and event that is so important to Karl!’ The Nine star’s father expressed his delight that Karl’s children from his 21 year marriage to Cassandra Thorburn have also flown in for the special event including eldest son Jackson 19, who had been rumoured to be missing their nuptials

Alex then offered words of wisdom for the happy couple, who will exchange vows at the luxurious resort in San Jòse del Cabo this weekend.

‘Treat every day like it’s your last and love one another like there’s no tomorrow.’ 

Karl’s dad added that he and his famous son had ‘sorted through their issues.’

'Treat every day like it's your last and love one another like there's no tomorrow!' Alex then offered words of wisdom for the happy couple who will exchange vows at the luxurious resort in San Jòse del Cabo this weekend

‘Treat every day like it’s your last and love one another like there’s no tomorrow!’ Alex then offered words of wisdom for the happy couple who will exchange vows at the luxurious resort in San Jòse del Cabo this weekend

‘We have some issues to sort through and I’m happy to say we’ve sorted through those and our relationship is probably better than ever.’       

In July last year, Karl said Alex had ‘betrayed’ him by speaking to a tabloid magazine about their troubled family situation two months earlier.

He told Stellar: ‘I’ve had my own father talk to a magazine. I’ve had friends and family say things to magazines and stuff and it’s like, “How many more betrayals do you want?'”

'I'm happy to say we've got through those!' Karl's dad added that he and his famous son had 'sorted through their issues.'

‘I’m happy to say we’ve got through those!’ Karl’s dad added that he and his famous son had ‘sorted through their issues.’

Rift: In July last year, Karl said Alex had 'betrayed' him by speaking to a tabloid magazine about their troubled family situation two months earlier

Rift: In July last year, Karl said Alex had ‘betrayed’ him by speaking to a tabloid magazine about their troubled family situation two months earlier

Karl was referencing Alex’s tell-all interview with New Idea from May 2017.

In the interview he claimed Karl and ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn’s marriage was in trouble for some time: ‘From what I know, it was a strained marriage and had been for a long time.’

‘Karl came to see me in the early 2000s and said, “Marriage is too hard, it’s all over”‘ he claimed.

Karl told Stellar earlier this year: 'I've had my own father talk to a magazine. I've had friends and family say things to magazines and stuff and it's like, "How many more betrayals do you want?' Looking exhausted, Alex is seen fetching a strimmer from his garage

Karl told Stellar earlier this year: ‘I’ve had my own father talk to a magazine. I’ve had friends and family say things to magazines and stuff and it’s like, “How many more betrayals do you want?’ Looking exhausted, Alex is seen fetching a strimmer from his garage

Feud: In the past, Alex also accused his famous son of being 'embarrassed' by him and claimed they had 'barely spoken' in years

Feud: In the past, Alex also accused his famous son of being ’embarrassed’ by him and claimed they had ‘barely spoken’ in years

Speaking to the publication, Alex also accused his famous son of being ’embarrassed’ by him and claimed they had ‘barely spoken’ in years.

‘They [Karl and brother Peter] walked away from me 25 years ago following my divorce from their mother [Jenny],’ Alex said.

‘We’ve barely spoken since. That’s the reality. He’s embarrassed about me because I’m fat, I’m bald and I’m poor.’

Family ties: Alex (pictured with his sons in an undated photo) told New Idea in May 2017 he had 'barely spoken' to sons Karl and Peter since his divorce from their mother Jenny 25 years ago

Family ties: Alex (pictured with his sons in an undated photo) told New Idea in May 2017 he had ‘barely spoken’ to sons Karl and Peter since his divorce from their mother Jenny 25 years ago

Despite the claims of a rift between his sons, Alex did see them when he attended Peter’s wedding to Today newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys in April 2017.

He apparently sat in the third row at the lavish Kangaroo Valley ceremony. 

Karl and Jasmine are set to exchange vows in a picturesque chapel at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in San Jòse del Cabo.

A series of high profile guests have already arrived ahead of the nuptials, including Today show host Richard Wilkins and girlfriend Virginia Burmeister, Jasmine’s Mara and Mine partner Tamie Ingham and Karl’s brother Peter and wife Sylvia Jeffreys  

Happily ever after: Karl and Jasmine are set to exchange vows in a picturesque chapel at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in San Jòse del Cabo

Happily ever after: Karl and Jasmine are set to exchange vows in a picturesque chapel at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in San Jòse del Cabo

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