“The Worst Is Yet To Come”: Meghan Markle & Other Stars Whose Family Members Caused Wedding Drama
Ever since it was announced last year that she and Prince Harry had become engaged, drama has followed Meghan Markle almost weekly. Most of it has surrounded the actions of relatives (and relatives-to-be), including her half-sister and half-brother, but this week, the spotlight has been on her father, Thomas Markle, Sr. As we reported, her father claimed he would not attend her wedding on the 19th after fallout for some pictures taken of him. He made a deal with a photo agency to allow them to take pictures of him pretending to get ready for the big day. It supposedly wasn’t just about money, but also to counter less than flattering images that had been taken of him by paparazzi as they got closer to the wedding. But the embarrassment of it all has left him feeling like he doesn’t want to be a distraction for his daughter or the Royal Family. In response, Kensington Palace put out a statement saying, “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
Tough. And while her situation is very unique, Meghan is not the first person, nor the first public figure, to have to deal with drama leading up to their wedding, on their wedding day and right after. Hit the flip for more stressful wedding planning moments.
Usher and Tameka Foster
Right before they were set to say “I do” in 2007, the singer’s rep put out a statement saying, “It was announced today that the wedding ceremony for Usher Raymond, IV and Tameka Foster was canceled. No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected.”
Word on the street was that Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton, who was never a big fan of Foster, ran a background check on her before the wedding and presented the information to her son. He didn’t like the information he was given, so he canceled the wedding. But after doing his own background check, he decided to marry Foster days later, going through with a wedding Patton didn’t attend. Usher, however, said to Oprah that he canceled the original wedding because he felt he wasn’t ready, but then changed his mind and married Foster because he wanted to do right by her. He went on to file for divorce in 2009.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s mother and sister couldn’t stand Peter Thomas and didn’t feel he was the right fit for Cynthia. They were so adamantly against the pair tying the knot in 2010, they attempted to hide her marriage license leading up to the wedding. But that didn’t stop them from saying “I do.” They would later say “I don’t,” separating in 2016 and filing for divorce in 2017.
Kenya Moore and Marc Daly
Her wedding was so private and surprising that you wouldn’t think there was some drama involved, however, Moore didn’t invite her father to the nuptials. She told him she didn’t invite him because he hadn’t been supportive about her decision to marry Daly.
“I decided not to invite my father because you never know what he’s going to say,” she said during RHOA Season 10. “He can’t be controlled. And I didn’t want there to be anything at my wedding to upset my future husband. I didn’t want anything to spoil my wedding day. I knew that if he said the wrong thing — and I know my husband — [it would mess up everything].”
But her dad said on the show that he was just trying to look out for her.
“In my mind I never came across like that,” he said. “I was just telling you to be cautious…Nobody wants to see their kid hurt. I’m just sorry that you felt like that. You think I didn’t want to be there? It’s the day I’ve been waiting for all your life.”
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker
If you watched past episodes of RHOA, then you know that Kandi Burruss’s outspoken mom, Joyce, was not a fan of Todd Tucker. She thought he was a user who was messing around with Kandi’s friend. But if she couldn’t stop her daughter from marrying him, she at least wanted him to sign a prenuptial agreement. He didn’t agree to signing it and the couple went on to marry without it. Soon after the wedding, Joyce spoke out and said she’d done all she could do to protect her daughter.
“Long as she’s happy, that’s the one that has to be happy,” she said. “Doesn’t make no difference if I’m happy or not, she’s the one that has to live with him. I did everything I could do. If she’s jumping in the river with sharks, she’s gonna get chewed up. It’s not about me, whether I’m right or wrong. People show you their best when you’re dating them, so if she’s seeing the best now, the worst is yet to come.”
Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy
Fourteen days after marrying on New Year’s Day in 2008, Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds decided to call it quits. Rumors swirled via sources that his mother was not a fan of Tracey, and there were arguments, even right before the wedding, about her hesitance to change her last name (she wanted it to continue to match the last name of her children with singer Babyface). Whatever was the straw that broke the camel’s back, when they returned from their honeymoon, after a ceremony that conveniently wasn’t legally binding, they were able to agree to call it quits.
“After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forgo having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further,” the pair stated through a statement from their reps. “While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends.”
Remy Ma and Papoose
While she and Papoose were in a good place, Remy Ma had to fix drama between herself and both his mother and her friend at the time, Rashidah Ali. Remy felt that Papoose’s mom, Irene, left her high and dry when she went to prison, so things weren’t the best between them. And Remy and Rashidah fell out at an event she was having where Remy felt disrespected by the woman’s friend. Remy, in turn, told the DJ she brought to the event to pack it up, throwing a wrench into Rashidah’s plans and causing a rift. They would all eventually work it out, but she found herself with even more drama on her wedding day when they couldn’t find the officiating minister. He eventually was found, and the ceremony went off without a hitch.
Wedding drama for sisters Toni and Trina had everything to do with the end of their parents’ marriage. At Toni’s wedding, she didn’t think her father was coming because Michael, Sr. and Evelyn had just divorced. But he showed up to walk her down the aisle, which Toni said on Braxton Family Values left her wedding day a stressful, unhappy one.
And as for Trina, their father did not show up to walk her down the aisle at her wedding because his former mistress and now wife, Wanda, wasn’t invited. Feeling like his children were telling him what he could and couldn’t do, he decided to bail on the whole thing, which Trina just recently learned the truth about.
Gloria Govan and Matt Barnes
A week before their wedding in 2010, Gloria Govan and Matt Barnes informed their friends via text message that they were canceling their wedding. When the news got out, Govan’s Basketball Wives co-stars, who weren’t a fan of her, made sure to rub it in her face. But Govan and Barnes said in an interview with VIBE they simply didn’t marry because they didn’t want to rush into anything.
“Matt and I feel like marriage is something that should not be rushed into,” Govan said at the time. “It wasn’t any outside party. We’re committed and dedicated to working on our relationship and we’re still together but again, we felt like this wasn’t something that was in our hearts at the time. Marriage is something that is definitely our goal but again, we’re not rushing into something that we just feel like isn’t right for us at the time so we’re just taking the time to work on our family.”
The couple went ahead and married in 2013, only to officially divorce in 2016.
Princess Love and Ray J
Leading up to their 2016 wedding, Ray J and Princess Love barely got along. There were requests for prenuptial agreements encouraged by Sonja Norwood, she didn’t want them to marry, friends were kicked out of the wedding, and just hours before the ceremony began, Love would barely speak to Ray J. And yet, they managed to make it down the aisle.