Meghan Markle’s shocking revelation to Oprah Winfrey that she and Prince Harry were secretly married three days before their extravagant royal wedding has been contradicted by the couple’s legal marriage certificate, which was published Monday by a British tabloid. .
A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex later confirmed to the Daily Beast and NBC’s “Today” show that, in fact, there was no legal early marriage, but that “the couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official wedding. / legal on May 19 “. ” three years ago.
Markle told Winfrey in an interview broadcast on March 7 that she and her prince were married in the backyard of their home with the Archbishop of Canterbury apparently presiding three days before their wedding at St George’s Chapel in Castle. Windsor.
“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. Nobody knows, ”Markle said. “We called the archbishop and said, ‘Look, this thing, this show, is for the world. But we want our union with each other. ‘ So the vows we’ve made in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury. “
Harry joked, “Just the three of us,” referring to the Archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
His backyard at the time was at Nottingham Cottage, his home then on the Kensington Palace grounds.
But a copy of the couple’s marriage certificate obtained by The Sun reveals that they were legally married on May 19, the day of their public wedding in Windsor.
The discrepancy is important because British critics seek to undermine the Sussex interview, particularly the disturbing revelation that someone from the royal family expressed “concerns” about how dark their baby’s skin would be.
Former TV host Piers Morgan, a frequent critic of Markle, immediately jumped on the marriage issue on Monday, asking in a tweet, “Do we still have to believe him?”
Reporters had previously cited sources saying that Markle was talking about private vows and not a legal marriage, but that was far from clear in the interview.
The British press was immediately skeptical of the marriage disclosure after the interview because official marriages require two witnesses, beyond “just the two of us.”
Officials questioned by British reporters initially tiptoed about the issue. An official said Markle was “confused.” Another source said the Archbishop of Canterbury “does not do private weddings,” adding: “Meghan is American; she does not understand.”
But after The Sun obtained the marriage certificate, former Chief Secretary Stephen Borton told the newspaper: “I’m sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed. They were not married three days before in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury. “
The “Special License I helped write allowed them to get married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on May 19, 2018, and [what] It was seen by millions around the world it was the official wedding recognized by the Church of England and the law, ”he added.
Borton said he suspected the couple exchanged some “simple vows” in front of the archbishop, or “more likely it was a simple rehearsal.” He said Nottingham Cottage “is not a licensed venue” for a royal wedding and, furthermore, they did not have enough witnesses.
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