Meghan Markle's two very different weddings including 'marijuana party bags'

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a fairy-tale wedding -Credit:Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exuded sheer joy as they exchanged vows amidst their nearest and dearest.

The Royal couple were wed on Saturday, May 19 2018 within the historic walls of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Duchess of Sussex was a vision in her elegantly understated Givenchy gown, beaming as she walked down the aisle.

Their nuptials captivated millions across the globe and boasted a guest list peppered with stars such as Victoria and David Beckham alongside Amal and George Clooney. This grand affair stood in stark contrast to Meghan's initial wedding to Trevor Engelson.

Before becoming royalty, the ex-Suits actress married film producer Trevor Engelson in Jamaica in 2011 after a seven-year relationship. Their intimate ceremony was a far cry from the 600-strong guest list at her second wedding, reports the Mirror.

Thomas Markle, Meghan's father, later alleged that the couple had provided their Jamaican wedding guests with an unconventional souvenir - bags of marijuana. He claimed these were distributed in a cloth bag with a note from the newlyweds, despite the substance being illegal.

"It's illegal, but it's no big deal in Jamaica. It's almost customary down there. I don't smoke weed and to the best of my knowledge neither does Meghan," he disclosed to the Daily Mail.

It's reported that Thomas Markle attended her first wedding to Trevor and walked her down the aisle. However, he was absent from Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry due to health issues.

Meghan and Trevor's wedding took place at the Jamaica Inn in Ochos Rios, with all 55 rooms booked out for the occasion. Their invite was quoted as saying: "Cheers to love, cheers to laughter, cheers to happily ever after."

Ninaki Priddy was Meghan's Maid of Honour at her first wedding, a childhood friend who she grew distant from when Meghan started her career on Suits.

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Resentment began to develop between them following Meghan's decision to end things with Trevor, with Ninaki openly criticising Meghan's handling of the situation. She told The Daily Mail in 2017: "The way she handled it, Trevor definitely had the rug pulled out from under him."

Despite having high hope initially, Trevor and Meghan's marriage didn't last. They divorced after two years in 2013 whilst trying to manage a long-distance relationship.

Meghan and Trevor were living apart when they decided to separate, resulting in Meghan sending her engagement and wedding rings back to Trevor. Following their divorce, Trevor found new love with nutritionist and millionaire heiress Tracey Kurland.

When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, she was bestowed with the title of Duchess of Sussex by the late Queen Elizabeth II. Their lavish wedding reportedly cost an eye-watering £32million, predominantly for security measures.

The couple gave fans a glimpse into their special day on their Netflix documentary series, 'Harry and Meghan'. Reflecting on the moments before walking down the aisle, Meghan described entering a "really calm space".

"I don't know how I was so calm," she said. "All I wanted was a mimosa, a croissant and play the song 'Going to the Chapel'." She expressed that the experience felt utterly "surreal".

The Kingdom Choir graced the ceremony with gospel music, while Sir Elton John performed and Idris Elba turned DJ at the reception. The celebration was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

Meghan also touched upon her unconventional decision to give a speech at her own wedding. In her Netflix series, she divulged: "On to the crux of why I wanted to speak tonight. First of all, it's been a while. But mostly I wanted to share a story, a story that I wrote about the man that I love and the way that we met. Let's call this a modern fairy-tale."

"Once upon a time there was a girl from LA, some people called her an actress, and there was a guy from London, some people called him a prince. All of those people didn't fully get it, because this is the love story of a boy and girl who are meant to be together."

"They meet on July 3 2016 in London and they giggle endlessly, so the next day they have their second date and he brings her cupcakes because it's fourth of July, a bittersweet celebration he says, ironic really, her country's independence from his country, yet in this moment they know they don't want to be independent of each other."

"And after a month of long distance courtship they settle into the quiet of Botswana, and amidst whatever momentary worries that creep in, they look at each other and think 'Whatever world, we're in'. They would love and garden and travel and laugh and rack up more airmiles than any couple could have."

"And when the tides were rough, they squeezed each other tighter, nothing can break us, they'd say, for this love she was a fighter."

Meghan further enthused that "above all, love wins" as she fondly referred to Harry as her "treasure".

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