Jill & Jessa Duggar REFUSED to Have Josh Duggar in Their Wedding Parties, Source Claims

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Before the Josh Duggar sexual abuse scandal broke, the biggest Duggar news of the past year involved the eldest siblings' transitions into adulthood.

Jill Duggar gave birth last month after marrying Derick Dillard in June; Jessa Duggar is now pregnant after six months of marriage to Ben Seewald.

Needless to say, it's an exciting time for these young women, but eagle-eyed 19 Kids and Counting fans may have noticed something was amiss.

Even on joyous occasions like Jill and Jessa's wedding days.

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Jill chose to involve Josh's wife Anna and his three children in her ceremony ... while Josh was left seated in the pews with the rest of the guests.

"We all thought it was odd that basically everyone of Josh’s family served in some position but he was left out," one wedding guest tells the Daily Mail.

"But no one made a big deal about it. Now it’s making more sense why they wouldn’t want him up there, standing at the altar next to them."

At Jessa's wedding in November, Ben Seewald had ten groomsmenincluding two of his bride-to-be's brothers, but also curiously left out Josh.

In addition to the wedding snubs, Duggar-watchers are beginning to retroactively notice other early signs of trouble between Josh and his sisters.

Obviously, Josh's joke about incest on Season 1 of 19 Kids stands out as one of the most alarming scenes, but there are subtler indications, too.

Among many other signs of a seriously strained sibling relationship, Josh jokingly derided Jill as the family "tattle tale" in a pre-wedding episode last season.

Recent revelations certainly cast that comment in a new light.

"The fans feel like they were duped I’m sure," says the wedding-guest source, "It wasn’t just them, it was friends, all of us."

"The super-strict courtship and restrictions on the girls always seemed over the top ... now it all makes sense."

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