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Official Marriage Docs Prove Meghan Markle's Wedding Claim to Be False

Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey they married 3 days early - another claim debunked

 on 23rd March 2021 @ 12.00pm
several claims made by meghan markle during her interview with oprah have turned out to be false © press
Several claims made by Meghan Markle during her interview with Oprah have turned out to be false

Yet another of Meghan Markle's claims during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey has been debunked after official marriage documents prove her allegation about the date she married Prince Harry is false.

During her and Harry's interview, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, claimed that her lavish taxpayer-funded wedding was all for show and the pair had married in secret three days earlier

However, the claim has now been blown apart by their own marriage certificate - and UK law.

The duchess told Oprah that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby married her and Harry three days before their public wedding. 

However, the General Register Office has now revealed the couple's wedding certificate for the first time, proving they did get married on May 19, 2018, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle after all.

The official who drew up the license says Meghan is "clearly misinformed" and "obviously confused" over the wedding.

false  meghan markle claimed archbishop of canterbury justin welby performed a secret ceremony for her and prince harry © press
False: Meghan Markle claimed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performed a secret ceremony for her and Prince Harry

Stephen Borton, the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, told The Sun: "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 recognized 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."

Meghan told Oprah on the show: "You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that."

She said the couple asked the Archbishop to marry them in private at Nottingham Cottage — their home in the grounds of Kensington Palace. 

However, this account has now also been dismissed by Mr. Borton who said they couldn't have legally been married in the grounds of Nottingham Cottage as it is not an authorized venue - a requirement under UK law.

He added that there were not enough witnesses to make it a valid ceremony. 

Mr. Borton also said: "In order for them to be married a Special Licence was drawn up and the wording from Her Majesty the Queen authorizing the wedding and the official venue was recorded."

He said that the £325 fee normally paid for couples to have a Special Licence was waived for the couple.

The wedding certificate confirmed the ceremony took place at Windsor Castle with the witnesses recorded as  Prince Charles and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.  

A spokesman for the Archbishop said he would not be commenting on personal or pastoral matters.

Rev Mark Edwards, a C of E priest from Newcastle, said: "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."

meghan markle and prince harry s public wedding was the real deal  docs prove © press
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's public wedding was the real deal, docs prove

It comes after Reverand Mark Edwards decided to look into Meghan's claims.

He said he decided to do so because during the Covid outbreak he has been inundated with requests for private weddings which he has been forced to decline.

Rev. Edwards, the vicar at St Matthew's Church, in Dinnington, and St Cuthbert's Church, in Brunswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, said he was told by a Lambeth Palace staff member that, "Justin does not do private weddings.

"Meghan is an American, she does not understand."

He says the claim has caused confusion among clergy and couples anxious to tie the knot and is asking Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to clarify the situation.

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