The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has confirmed that he did not officially marry the Duke and Duchess of Sussex three days before their wedding at Windsor.
During Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, she had said that she and Harry had got married in a private ceremony prior to their big day.
"You know, three days before our wedding, we got married”, she said. “No one knows that. But we called the Archbishop and we just said ‘look, this thing, this spectacle, is for the world, but we want our union between us’."
The Duchess of Sussex also told Oprah: "The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our back yard with the Archbishop of Canterbury... just the three of us."
Speaking to Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, the Archbishop contradicted this.
"The legal wedding was on the Saturday," said the Archbishop referring to the service that was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
"I signed the wedding certificate which is a legal document," Welby explained, "and I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false."
However, he did confirm that he met with the couple numerous times in the lead up to their wedding.
“I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding”, he said.
When asked what was discussed, he said: "The legal wedding was on the Saturday. But I won’t say what happened at any other meetings."
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