Archbishop of Canterbury says Harry and Meghan didn’t marry in secret

Archbishop Justin Welby confirmed that the legal wedding took place at Windsor Castle (Photo: PA/Getty).

The Archbishop of Canterbury first addressed allegations that Meghan and Harry were secretly married three days before their royal wedding.

During the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle said the couple married Archbishop Justin Welby in a private garden ceremony with no guests.

The Duchess said no one knew the couple were getting married just three days before their wedding at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 19. May 2018, personal vow exchange.

Since then, there has been speculation about the legality of the private ceremony and the archbishop has remained silent on the matter.

Mr Welby, the Church of England’s senior clergyman, has now confirmed that the legal wedding took place on Saturday, but admitted that he had met the couple before the ceremony.

But I am not going to tell you what happened at the other meetings, he added in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The Archbishop said: If any of you talk to a priest, expect him to keep that conversation private.

Mr Welby said he would not talk about what happened in meetings with the couple outside legal marriage (Photo: AFP)

It doesn’t matter who I talk to. I had several private and pastoral conversations with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding.

I signed a marriage certificate, which is a legal document, and I would be committing a serious crime if I signed it knowing it was false.

During the interview, Megan told Oprah: You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. Nobody knows.

But we called the archbishop and just said: This thing is a sight for sore eyes, but we want our alliance between us.

So, the framed vows in our room, just the two of us in the garden with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Harry began to sing jokingly: Just the three of us. Just the three of us.

The Duchess told Oprah that no one knows they were secretly married three days earlier (Photo: CBS)

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed they exchanged personal vows before their official wedding (Photo: PA)

After the allegations were made, questions arose as to whether a private ceremony could qualify as a legal marriage, in part because British law requires two witnesses.

The former official who gave the Duke and Duchess permission to marry said Meghan was clearly misinformed and that the private ceremony was invalid because the couple’s home – Nottingham Cottage – was not an official wedding venue.

Stephen Borton, former chief secretary of the faculty, told The Sun: With the special permit I helped arrange, they were able to get married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, and what happened there on the 19th was a wedding. May 2018 happened and was seen by millions of people around the world, was an official marriage recognized by the Church of England and the law.

I suspect that they exchanged simple vows, which they may have written themselves, and that it was appropriate to say it in the presence of the Archbishop, or, more likely, that it was a simple rehearsal.

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan confirmed at the time: The couple exchanged vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on the 19th. Release of personal wishes in May.

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