A pastor says he received confirmation from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office that “there was no wedding” prior to Meghan Markle’s royal wedding to Prince Harry.
It was one of the shocking revelations revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week. The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that she and Harry had secretly married in their garden days before the official wedding.
She said, “You know, three days before our wedding we got married. Nobody knows.”
Harry confirmed it when he came to her later in the interview and said that only the two and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, were present.
However, a pastor from Newcastle said he had contacted the archbishop’s office to “get clarity” about their policies ChronicleLive.
Rev. Mark Edwards, pastor of St. Matthew’s Church in Dinnington and St. Cuthbert’s Church in Brunswick, said an employee at Lambeth Palace had told him, “Justin doesn’t do private weddings. Meghan is American, she doesn’t understand. “
He said they added, “Justin had a private conversation with the couple in the garden about the wedding, but I can assure you that there was no wedding until the national television event.”
Legally, a couple who are already married cannot be stopped again unless something was wrong with the first marriage.
According to Church of England rules, weddings must have a minimum of two witnesses and the public must have “full access” to the ceremony in order to raise objections.