Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s secret backyard wedding not official: report

meghan markle, prince harry's backyard wedding not official

Meghan Markle revealed that she and Prince Harry tied the knot three days before their royal wedding, but it wasn’t official, according to a report.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dropped a number of bombshell revelations in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday. One of the most shocking details was their secret wedding in their backyard.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s backyard wedding revealed

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchanged “I do’s” on May 19, 2018, and it was witnessed by millions of people. However, the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that they actually tied the knot three days before their royal wedding to the surprise of the audience.

Markle said they wanted their vows to be solemn and intimate, so they held the ceremony in their backyard with only the three of them — Prince Harry, Markle, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

“No one knows that. But we called the archbishop [of Canterbury], and we just said, ‘Look, this thing, this spectacle, is for the world, but we want our union between us,'” Markle shared in the interview. “So, like, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the archbishop of Canterbury.”

A source told TMZ that the wedding Markle mentioned in the interview that happened three days before the royal wedding wasn’t official based on the church rules.

A marriage must be solemnized by a member of the clergy in a church with a specified special license, be it a cathedral, chapel, or hospital, and in the presence of two witnesses. Apparently, they were one witness short for the ceremony to be recognized as a real marriage.

Vicar also questioned the wedding

Reverend David Green, a vicar for the Church of England, also questioned the wedding that Meghan Markle mentioned in the sit-down interview. In a now-deleted tweet obtained by Fox News, Green said he had “no idea” what the duchess was talking about.

First, there was a lack of parish priests. Second, he said couples could not get married twice. 

Green also said if the first wedding was legit, their royal wedding, which Markle described as “spectacle,” would be like “‘playing’ at prayer/holy matrimony for cameras.”

Markle believed that something really happened three days before her big day, the vicar said. He suggested clarifying what it was, also her claim could be verified by separate testimony. He also believed that knowing the truth behind it would help the people assess the rest of the interview.


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