During her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, aired earlier this month, Meghan said she and The Duke of Sussex had a secret wedding ceremony with the Right Reverend Justin Welby in their ‘backyard’.
The Duchess said no one knew the couple shared personal wishes for ‘just the two of us’ ahead of their official wedding day in Windsor on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
It was thought that it could not have been a legal ceremony as it lacked witnesses and a recorded location, and was rather likely to have been an informal exchange of vows.
In an interview with the Repubblica, Mr Welby was asked what happened and he said the legal marriage took place on Saturday, adding: “But I won’t say what happened during other meetings. ”
The Archbishop told the Italian newspaper: “If either of you is talking to a priest, you expect him to keep this speech confidential.
“It doesn’t matter who I talk to. I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding.
“The legal marriage took place on Saturday. I signed the marriage certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offense if I had signed it knowing it was false. ”
During the interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan told her: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married.
“No one knows, but we called the archbishop and we have just said: “Look, this thing, this spectacle, it is for the world, but we want our union between us”. ”
She said the wishes they had made are “just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury”.
Harry and Meghan said it was ‘just the three of us’.
Mr Welby’s comments come after the former official who issued the license for the Sussex marriage said Meghan was “clearly misinformed”.
Stephen Borton, the former head of the faculty’s office, told The Sun Meghan “is clearly confused and clearly misinformed”.
“They did not get married three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury,” he said.
“The special license that I helped establish allowed them to get married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on May 19, 2018 and was seen by millions of people around the world was the official marriage recognized by the Church of England and the law.
“What I suspect they’ve done is exchange some simple vows that they may have written themselves, and that’s all the rage, and say that in front of the Archbishop or, more likely, c was a simple rehearsal.
The newspaper also printed a certified true copy of an entry marriage document for the couple dated May 19, 2018 and bearing the names of Prince Charles and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland as witnesses.
Les Sussex, expecting their second child – a girl – in the summer after a miscarriage last year, embraced their new life in California, far from the monarchy.
The suggestion of a secret marriage was only a revelation in Winfrey’s interview, with Meghan and Harry accusing an anonymous member of the Royal Family – neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – of being concerned about the color dark skin of their son Archie. before his birth.
Buckingham Palace had previously said issues raised in Harry and Meghan’s interview, particularly over race, were “of concern” and would be addressed by the Queen and her family in private.