The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle celebrated her 37th birthday on August 4 alongside her husband Prince Harry. However, this year's birthday celebrations were a little different for the new duchess, who spent her special day at the wedding of Charlie Van Straubenzee to Daisy Jenks in Surrey. Van Straubenzee is a childhood friend of Prince Harry's, and it was reported the prince acted as his best man on his big day.
The Duke of Sussex, 33, was one of the first guests to arrive to the exclusive affair, looking dapper in his suit and tails. Meghan arrived shortly after in a gorgeous Club Monaco color-block, mid-length skirt, and a button-up shirt teamed with a tie-up leather belt, Aquazzura stilettos, and a Philip Treacy hat.
The birthday girl was all smiles as she waved to the crowd, and then joined her husband to walk to the ceremony, greeting their friends at the church's entrance. Meghan stunned in a pleated navy dress and a chic headpiece, but at one point, the 37-year-old suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction as her lace bra appeared through her dress.
Meghan's in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were noticeably absent from the event. They are also good friends of Charlie. The groom's older brother, Thomas Van Straubenzee, is one of Princess Charlotte's five godparents.
It's believed that William and Kate may have been on vacation, but it's also been suggested that they could have planned to shun the spotlight and slip into the reception later in the evening.
Royal watchers were pleased to see Meghan in such high spirits on her birthday, considering the ongoing drama of the Markle family feud, which has reportedly sent Kensington Palace into crisis talks. Just this weekend, Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle, 53, took to Twitter to take yet another swipe at the duchess.
"Happy Birthday Meg! It would be so lovely and appropriate of you to send DAD a BELATED birthday card for his July 18th Cheers," she wrote, adding a birthday cake emoji. Their father, Thomas Markle, celebrated his 74th birthday last month, and has since spoken to the media about his distress that he has not seen Meghan for more than two months.
According to The Mirror, Meghan is said to be flying to the United States next month to meet up with her father. Meanwhile, in the latest report from Woman's Day, it's said that Harry is at his wit's end, and that he is planning to rush to Mexico to speak to Meghan's father about the controversial interview.
This article was originally written by Bettina Tyrrell. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.