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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has cast new doubts on Harry and Meghan‘s secret wedding, they claimed having before their official royal ceremony.
Everything we know about Harry and Meghan’s secret wedding
She told the veteran TV host: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that. But we called the Archbishop and said ‘Look, this thing, this show, is for the world, but we want our union between us.’
“The vows we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury… just the three of us.”
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However, the highest clergyman in the Church of England responded to that accusation. Justin Welby admitted to meeting with the couple several times before the wedding at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2018.
He wouldn’t reveal what happened during those meetings, but confirmed that the official wedding and related marriage proceedings definitely took place at St George’s.
Speaking to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the archbishop said: “The legal wedding was on the Saturday. “I signed the marriage certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false. “I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding.
“But I will not say what happened in any other meeting.”
When did they legally get married?
This is the second time that Meghan Markle’s claims of a secret ceremony have been criticized, the first being that of the person who issued her wedding license.
Stephen Borton, who previously served as chief secretary in the Office of the Faculty, said Meghan is “misinformed” about the alleged secret ceremony. “They didn’t get married three days before in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury”, he told The Sun.
“The special license I helped drew up enabled them to marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on May 19, 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognized by the Church of England and the law.
It’s also worth noting that Meghan and Harry’s backyard wedding could not have been a legal ceremony, as it lacked witnesses and a registered location.
Borton continued that it was probably a simple exchange of vows or practice for the official ceremony.
“What I suspect they did was exchange some simple vows they had perhaps written themselves, and which is fashionable, and said that in front of the Archbishop or, and more likely, it was a simple rehearsal”, he said.