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La Repubblica: Meghan & Harry Didn't Marry 3 Days before Their Royal Wedding, Archbishop Claims

Jené Liebenberg
Mar 31, 2021
08:20 A.M.

Most Reverend Justin Welby revealed that he did not sign the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding certificate before their official Windsor wedding.

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In an interview with the Italian media outlet La Repubblica, Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop who married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, confirmed that he did not officially marry them before their Windsor ceremony.

During the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle shared that she and her husband met with the Archbishop three days before their big day on May 19, 2018, where they tied the knot before the big royal wedding took place.

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit a local farming family on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia | Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit a local farming family on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia | Getty Images

NOTHING OFFICIAL

When Welby was asked about the intimate pre-ceremony event, he denied marrying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before making the journey down the aisle in front of their 600 guests. The Archbishop said:

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"The legal wedding was on the Saturday. I signed the wedding certificate... and I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false."

However, the Archbishop did not contradict Markle's claims about their three-person gathering before the royal wedding. He shared that he did meet with the couple before their wedding but was unwilling to disclose the details of what happened.

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INTIMATE GATHERING

Markle shared with Oprah that she and Prince Harry had met with the Archbishop before donning her beautiful white gown. With only the three of them present, the royal couple exchanged their personal vows.

Markle also shared about her suicidal thoughts that she experienced in 2019 and the lack of help that she received.

It is suspected that it was at one of the premarital sessions that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had with Welby that they decided to share a special moment away from the hundreds of eyes that would be on them on their wedding day.

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BACKYARD WEDDING

Since the interview aired, Markle and Prince Harry's official wedding certificate has surfaced, confirming what Welby shared that the couple officially tied the knot on May 19, 2018, and that the formalities were not handled in their backyard moment.

Mr. Borton, the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, shed some insight into the situation after seeing the evidence and hearing Markle's claims of a backyard wedding. He said:

“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."

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SEEKING PRIVACY

Understandably, the royal couple would seek a significant moment shared between just the two of them as their wedding did not allow for much intimacy or privacy as they celebrated such a major life moment.

Everything from the details surrounding the engagement to the custom rings and gowns was public knowledge. The 600 guests were not the only witnesses as the whole world tuned in to watch the lavish ceremony's televised broadcast.

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The life that followed their extravagant big day was not necessarily the easiest, especially for the former actress who had to adjust to the demanding life as a senior member of the royal family.

Markle also shared about her suicidal thoughts that she experienced in 2019 and the lack of help that she received from the royal institution during her struggle with mental health, which was a shocking revelation.

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