Meghan Markle and Prince Harry respond after wedding certificate reveals they did not get married in secret
23 March 2021, 12:25
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have cleared up their comments about a 'secret wedding' after their marriage certificate confirms they officially wed at the royal wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah they had a private ceremony in the garden of their Kensington Palace residence, Nottingham Cottage, three days before the huge event at Windsor Castle.
However, a marriage certificate obtained by The Sun reveals the couple officially wed on the day of the royal wedding, which took place on May 19, 2018.
Following the confusion over their claims, the couple have released a statement.
A spokesperson said: "The couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19."
The pair had obviously had an intimate ceremony in their back garden, but the legal marriage came days later.
During their chat with Oprah, Meghan said: "You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that."
She added: “The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Following the comments, and the wedding certificate finding, Stephen Borton – former chief clerk at the Faculty Office – told The Sun: “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 19 May 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognised by the Church of England and the law."