Meghan and Harry’s wedding certificate ‘shows they didn’t wed in secret’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s claims that they married three days before their official ceremony appears to have been disproved – by their own wedding certificate.

In their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, Meghan claimed the couple secretly tied the knot in “our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury”.

She claimed her and Harry phoned the Most Reverend Justin Welby and asked him to marry them in private at Nottingham Cottage – their home in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

But what appears to be the couple’s wedding certificate, seen by the Sun, seems to show the Sussexes did in fact marry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor Castle.

The picture of the certificate has “Nineteenth May 2018” underneath the column “when married”.

It also reads the couple were supposedly “married in the Queen’s Free Chapel of St George”.

Stephen Borton, former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, suggested Meghan was “misinformed” when she made the bombshell claim to Oprah.

“They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury,” he told the Sun.

“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.

“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.”

Daily Star has contacted representatives for the Sussexes for comment.

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It is not the first time the secret wedding claims have been brought into question.

Earlier this week, it was reported that a Newcastle vicar had contacted the Archbishop’s office for clarity after he was flooded with private wedding requests.

Rev Mark Edwards added he was told by a Lambeth Palace staff member that “Justin does not do private weddings".

He said the person he spoke to then told him: “Justin had a private conversation with the couple in the garden about the wedding, but I can assure you, no wedding took place until the televised national event.”

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