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It’s the wed­ding that has ev­ery­one on the edge of their seats. In just a few days’ time Karl Ste­fanovic will marry his younger girl­friend Jas­mine Yar­bor­ough in a lav­ish Mex­i­can cer­e­mony. But while Jas­mine, 34, is fi­nal­is­ing the de­tails on one of the most-talked about events of the year, it seems her soon-to-be hus­band has been busy mak­ing amends with his ex-wife Cas­san­dra Thor­burn fol­low­ing their bit­ter pub­lic split, leav­ing Jas­mine very up­set.

So much so that when Karl told the shoe de­signer that he had wanted to touch base with Cass, she ap­par­ently laughed and jok­ingly said, “The wed­ding is off !”

But when it comes to mak­ing their union of­fi­cial, noth­ing will stand in Karl and Jas­mines way. Not even Karl’s des­per­ate bid to make peace with Cass be­fore ty­ing the knot on Dec. 8.

The 44-year-old is hop­ing to get Cass, 47, back on side in

hopes his chil­dren will come round too.

Karl’s plea for for­give­ness comes as re­ports emerge that the To­day show host’s el­dest son, Jack­son – who is be­lieved to have taken his mother’s side in his par­ents’ di­vorce – won’t be at­tend­ing the nup­tials.

Ac­cord­ing to a well-placed in­sider, Karl will do just about any­thing to have all three of his chil­dren – Jack­son, 19, Ava, 13, and River, 11 – by his side on his big day, but as the cer­e­mony draws near, his wish looks less and less likely to come true.

“Karl is very much want­ing all of his kids there on the day,” our source ex­plains.

“Es­pe­cially Jack­son. Karl and Jack­son were re­ally close be­fore ev­ery­thing hap­pened and now they barely speak. They used to go away to­gether all the time and Karl would of­ten take Jack­son and his mates on boys’ trips. It breaks Karl’s heart that he’s ba­si­cally lost his best mate.”

The source adds that Karl’s off­spring are still strug­gling to come to terms with the fact that “their fa­ther left their mother for a younger woman and is now set to marry her”.

“The boys have strug­gled with it more than Ava,” our source con­tin­ues.

“Un­like Jack­son and River, Ava has formed a close con­nec­tion with Jazzy. They bond over fash­ion and makeup, you know, girlie things, and the pair even fol­low each other on In­sta­gram.

“But Jack­son in par­tic­u­lar is loyal to his mum.”

So much so, that back in Au­gust Cass took to so­cial me­dia to wish Jack­son a happy birth­day by post­ing a heart­felt mes­sage.

“Re­spect is earned and I have bucket loads for this kind and con­sid­er­ate young man,” she cap­tioned a snap of the mother-son duo.

And while Cass, who ap­pears hap­pier than ever, wel­comes the idea of be­ing civil for the sake of the chil­dren, deep down she’ll never for­give Karl. “What peo­ple seem to for­get is that Cass was the mas­ter­mind be­hind Karl’s suc­cess,” our in­sider ex­plains.

“A lot of the ideas Karl used to present to the net­work back in the day were ac­tu­ally Cass’.”

Karl wants to make peace with Cass, his for­mer wife of 21 years. But she may strug­gle to for­give him for what he’s done.

As Jas­mine puts the fin­ish­ing touches on her big day, Karl is reach­ing out to his ex-wife.

While Jack­son is now vir­tu­ally es­tranged from his fa­ther (right), he and his mother (left) are closer than ever.

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