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Duchess Meghan was in good spirits as she attended a wedding with Prince Harry on her 37th birthday

Meghan was all smiles on her 37th birthday amid growing tensions with her bitter family.

By Bettina Tyrrell

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, celebrated her 37th birthday on Saturday 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 colour-block mid-length skirt and button-up shirt, teamed with a tie-up leather belt, Aquazzura stilettos and Philip Treacy hat.

The birthday girl was all smiles as she waved to the awaiting crowd then joined her husband to walk to the ceremony, greeting their friends at the church's entrance.

Meghan was glowing on her birthday.
Meghan was glowing on her birthday.
Hand-in-hand, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked to the ceremony.
Hand-in-hand, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked to the ceremony.
Prince Harry went to the same prep school as groom Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since.
Prince Harry went to the same prep school as groom Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since.
Meghan greets friends at the entrance to the church.
Meghan greets friends at the entrance to the church.
It was a gorgeous English Summer day for the nuptials and Meghan's first birthday as a royal.
It was a gorgeous English Summer day for the nuptials and Meghan's first birthday as a royal.

Meghan's brother and sister in law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were noticeably absent from the event. The couple are also good friends of Charlie, in fact, the groom's older brother Thomas Van Straubenzee is one of Charlotte's five godparents.

It's thought William and Kate may have been holidaying in Mustique. It's also been suggested they could have always planned to shun the spotlight and slip into the reception later in the evening.

The happy couple, Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks.
The happy couple, Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks.
Princess Eugenie and fiance Jack Brooksbank were also on the guest list.
Princess Eugenie and fiance Jack Brooksbank were also on the guest list.

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 celebrated his 74th birthday last month and has since spoken to the media about his distress that he has not seen Meghan for over two months.

According to The Mirror, Meghan is said to be flying to the US next month to meet up with her father.

Meanwhile, according to Woman's Day, Harry - at his wits end - is planning to rush to Mexico to speak to Meghan's father.

Only time will reveal how the Markle debacle is resolved!