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Meghan, Harry Admit Secret Wedding Claim Was Inaccurate

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have admitted the secret wedding revealed in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey did not happen exactly how it was described, The Daily Beast reports.

After the couple’s publicised marriage certificate exposed the claim as untrue, a spokesman for the royals clarified to the publication that they did exchange vows, but it was not an “official” wedding.

A statement provided to The Daily Beast read: “The couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19.”

It comes after 39-year-old former Suits star Meghan said in the interview footage, “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that. The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Harry confirmed this by saying, “just the three of us”.

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However,The Sun obtained the couple’s marriage license from the General Registrar’s Office today which confirmed their legal wedding date is May 19, 2018.

Stephen Borton, former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, told the publication: “I’m sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed.

“They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“The Special Licence I helped draw 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 recognised by the Church of England and the law.

“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.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has not commented on the event.

The Palace went against protocol to deny her mixed-race son the title of prince and subsequent security.

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What We Know:
Archie wasn’t entitled to become a prince at birth – but can take that title when his grandfather Charles takes the throne.

Long-established Royal rules limit the title of prince and princess to the monarch’s children and grandchildren and those in the direct line of succession.

But even with the title, taxpayer-funded security isn’t guaranteed – as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie can attest.

Meghan’s View:
There was no support from the “institution” when Meghan struggled with her mental health and, in the end, Megxit was the only way she and Harry could protect themselves.

Harry also struggled. “I had no idea what to do. I wasn’t prepared for that. I went to a very dark place as well,” he said of his wife’s plight.

What We Know:
Meghan’s revelations about feeling suicidal while pregnant were among the most shocking of the interview, especially as she said she was denied help when she explicitly asked for it.

Prince Harry has previously been candid about his own mental health, revealing Prince William convinced him to get counseling after he was “very close to a complete breakdown”.

Harry, Meghan, William and Kate have all been vocal in campaigning for mental health support and work with charities in the field, so it has surprised some commentators that Harry and Meghan weren’t able to access the help needed directly if others failed to step up.

Meghan’s View:
“Three days before our wedding, we got married … just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

What We Know:
There are some pretty strict rules around weddings, such as needing witnesses.

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The private ceremony would have been a wonderful way for the couple to celebrate their love and exchange personal vows before the televised extravaganza at Windsor Castle, but, as has since been acknowledged, it wasn’t legally binding.

Meghan’s View
Amid preparations for the real wedding, there was a clash with future sister-in-law Kate, and Meghan was left in tears. Kate apologised, but when a false narrative emerged in the media that it was Meghan who made Kate cry, the Firm failed to protect Meghan and correct it.

What We Know:
There are two very different sides to the story, and no one expects the Duchess of Cambridge to front the media about it any time soon, so it’s hard to know the exact truth.

However, the counterclaims keep coming.

Reports in The Times have since claimed Meghan slammed the door in Kate’s face when she took flowers to the Sussexes’ home in an attempt to mend fences.

Meghan’s View:
“When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over.”

What We Know:
Much of Meghan’s interview detailed how she felt both trapped and unsupported in her new role, and having official documents taken away would only highlight her loss of agency.

On a practical level, we know many royals happily drive themselves around – Prince Philip only stopped in 2019, aged 97, after a headline-making crash.

The Australian also notes Meghan went overseas regularly “including to her ostentatious baby shower in New York”.

Meghan’s View:
She hadn’t googled Harry or his family before they got together and was totally taken aback by Royal protocol, such as having to curtsy to the Queen even in a family meeting behind closed doors.

What We Know:
Previous reports from the favourable biography Finding Freedom, would suggest both Harry and Meghan were a bit more clued up about each other before they first met.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: “Naturally, both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search. Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.”

Less convincingly, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha has suggested a famous photo of a teenage Meghan outside Buckingham Palace indicates a stronger interest in the royal family than she cares to admit.

If what the couple told Oprah was accurate, Justin Welby would have been breaking the law, and found to have presided over a “fake” wedding on May 19 ahead of the Queen, The Sun reports.

Speculation that Markle, 39, was stretching the truth when it came to her wedding claim began almost immediately after the explosive Oprah sit-down aired.

Earlier this month, a UK vicar explained that the Church of England requires two witnesses for any marriage to be valid and that ceremonies must take place in a “certified place of worship”. As Harry went on to claim it was “just the three of them” at the backyard ceremony, it would seem this was not followed.

Rev Mark Edwards, a C of E priest from Newcastle, also told The Sun: “When I called Lambeth Palace to ask about this I was told Justin doesn’t do private weddings. Meghan doesn’t understand.

“But the fact that the Archbishop has not commented publicly needs to be addressed,” he added

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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