He decides once and for all. After much criticism around their secret wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must take another blow: the Reverend Justin Wellby, who united them during their official royal wedding, confirmed that they had not married one first time before the official ceremony. The Sussexes had revealed to Oprah Winfrey that they were secretly married three days before their legal marriage in Windsor. The confidence has since aroused an endless debate. “The legal marriage was on Saturday. I signed the marriage certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offense if I had signed it knowing that it was false” admitted the Archbishop of Canterbury in an interview with the italein newspaper Repubblica on Tuesday March 30.
Justin Wellby didn’t want to say more. “I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding,” he added. “If either of you is talking to a priest, you expect him to keep that talk confidential. It doesn’t matter who I talk to.” A pastor had already sowed doubt by revealing some details of these exchanges with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. “Justin doesn’t perform private weddings,” Reverend Mark Edwards said. “Justin had a private conversation with the couple in the backyard about the wedding, but I can assure you that no wedding took place before the nationally televised event.”
Meghan Markle misunderstood
A storm in a glass of water. The subject of such a controversy would in reality be a simple misunderstanding emanating from a misinterpretation of the words of Meghan Markle. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she especially wanted to talk about “an exchange of vows” with Prince Harry and not a marriage. “The vows we exchanged – they’re framed in our room – were taken in our garden, with the Archbishop of Canterbury and that’s it. It was just the three of us,” she explained. Once the facts have been clarified, the page can be (finally) turned.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Backgrid UK