A vicar has cast doubt on the Duchess of Sussex's claim that her and Prince Harry wed in secret three days earlier than has publicly been declared.
In Sunday’s blockbuster TV interview Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she and Prince Harry had already been married days before their fairytale ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.” the Duchess of Sussex revealed, as she took Oprah on a tour of their garden.
"We called the archbishop, and we just said, 'Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us."
She said that the secret ceremony at Kensington Palace was "just the two of us in our back yard with the Archbishop of Canterbury."
But her claims have been rubbished by two rural vicars discussing the interview on Twitter.
Reverend David Green, Vicar of St Mary’s, West Malling and the Rector of St Michael’s, Offham, said it was “impossible” for the royal couple to have had two weddings, claiming that the garden ceremony was probably a rehearsal and the couple had misunderstood what was happening.
But, he said: "I think the Archbishop needs to clarify what did or did not happen three days before."
Reverend Tiffer Robinson, who covers four small parishes in Suffolk, replied, saying: ‘You seriously think there is even a chance that they had a legal wedding in a garden with no witnesses three days before their royal wedding with the Archbishop of Canterbury?’
Reverend Green said: ‘You can’t get married twice. So what was the thing three days before? And if it was a marriage, what on earth are we doing ‘playing’ at prayer/holy matrimony for cameras.
Casting doubt on some of the other statements in the wide-ranging interview, Rev. Green added: “She clearly thinks something happened with ABC [Archbishop of Canterbury] 3 days prior."
"So," he continued, "it would be helpful to clarify what it was. Plus this is something she claimed that can be verified by separate testimony (i.e. Lambeth). If it’s BS, that helps assess the rest of the interview too.
‘I’d say we are rehearsing night before. No, it’s not legal to have your own vows. What else is there?’
According to BBC Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, this “backyard wedding” was simply a private exchange of vows and the couple were legally married on May 19th.
He suggested that the event had been incorrectly described in last night’s interview by Meghan, and that the garden ceremony was simply a private blessing.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has never spoken about the secret ceremony and a Lambeth Palace spokesman has made it clear that the Archbishop would not be commenting on either personal or pastoral matters.
Watch the full interview on ITV at 9pm on Monday night and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS
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