The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared several explosive revelations during their informal interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month – and among the bombshells the couple said they had actually ‘married’ three days before their lavish 2018 wedding which was televised around the world. .
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess told TODAY that the couple “had privately exchanged personal vows days before their official / legal marriage on May 19”.
During the couple’s high-profile interview, former Meghan Markle surprised Winfrey when she revealed that she and Prince Harry had exchanged vows ahead of their wedding.
“You know, three days before our wedding we got married,” Meghan, 39, told Winfrey. ” No one knows. “
“We called the Archbishop and we just said, look, this thing, this show is for the world, but we want our union between us, so the wishes we made in our room are just the two of us in our. backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury, ”she said.
“Just the three of us,” added Harry, 36.
The clarification from Harry and Meghan’s team comes after the ‘backyard’ marriage proposal was hotly contested by UK media, which stressed that there had to be two or more witnesses for it to be a wedding takes place in the UK.
Perhaps the most shocking revelations shared by the couple, who are currently expecting their second child, detailed the impact of racism on their relationship with both the royal family and the British media.
Meghan, whose mother is black and whose father is white, told Winfrey there were “concerns and conversations” within the Royal Family before the birth of her son Archie over “how good his skin is could be dark ”.
When Winfrey asked if the problem was that he would be ‘too brown and that would be a problem,’ Meghan explained, ‘I couldn’t explain why, but if that’s the assumption you’re making , I think it sounds pretty safe. ”
Winfrey followed Harry, asking if a family member had ever shared their concerns with him about Archie’s race.
“This conversation I’ll never share, but at the time it was awkward and I was a little shocked,” he replied. “It was just at the beginning… what will the children be like?” “
On Monday, a royal source told NBC News that the Royal Family are considering hiring someone to lead diversity and inclusion efforts in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s racism allegations.
“Diversity is an issue that was taken very seriously in royal homes,” the source said. “We have the policies, procedures and programs in place, but we haven’t seen the progress we would like in terms of representation and there is still a long way to go, we can always improve. The work to do this is in progress for some. time now and comes with the full support of the family.
“Many measures are being considered. Certainly the idea of someone to lead this work and look at diversity / inclusion in the three households is something that needs to be considered. It is, however, too early for any firm plans to be announced. We are listening and learning, to get it right. ”