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FT: Archbishop Of Canterbury Says Being In Royal Family Is Like a Life Sentence without Parole

Bettina Dizon
Apr 09, 2021
09:15 A.M.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who presided over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, got candid about being part of the royal family.


Many have shared their opinions about the royal family following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tell-all interview. Among them are many British people who defended the throne, sharing their unrealistic perceptions of the family.

Recently, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said his piece on the issue after being forced to deny the duchess' claims that he had married the couple privately before their highly-anticipated and televised wedding.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Christmas Day service at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. | Source: Getty Images


However, the 65-year-old bishop made it clear that he sympathized with the couple, who felt trapped within the palace walls. During his interview with the Financial Times, Welby said of being a royal:

"It's life without parole, isn't it? [...] Edward VIII; he was still a celeb and followed everywhere once he'd abdicated. We expect them to be superhuman."


Similarly, he suggested that Harry will find challenge in living a private life as he has a status of a celebrity, like Edward VII, who stepped down from his royal position to marry a divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

His loyalty to the royal family seems to go unnoticed as they reached out to him to show gratitude.


Welby presided over Harry and Markle's wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018 and claimed that he signed the legal wedding certificate only on that day, knowing that doing otherwise would have been a criminal offense.

Reverend Mark Edwards investigated the matter shortly after Markle revealed their secret garden wedding took place. According to the vicar, private weddings are not allowed by canon law; hence, it would have been nothing but an intimate conversation.

Meghan Markle during the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit on October 28, 2014, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


British television personality Piers Morgan was among those who did not believe Markle's claims and publicly attacked her for months. However, his loyalty to the royal family seems to go unnoticed as they reached out to him to show gratitude.

"I've had some messages communicated to me on behalf of several members of the Royal Family," he revealed. "They were grateful that somebody was standing up for them." Meanwhile, many others have defended Harry and Markle amid the controversy.