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Archbishop addresses claims he married Meghan Markle and Prince Harry before royal wedding

Justin Welby has responded to claims he married the couple three days before their televised wedding

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry weren’t legally married before their Royal wedding.

During the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex claimed they “got married” three days before their televised wedding took place on May 19, 2018.

Meghan said: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. 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.”

“So, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our back yard with the archbishop of Canterbury.”

Harry then started singing, “Just the three of us, just the three of us,” referencing the Bill Withers classic ‘Just the Two of Us’.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has since confirmed the couple weren’t legally married until May 19, 2018.

During an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, he said: “I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding.”

“The legal wedding was on the Saturday. I signed the wedding certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false.”

“So you can make what you like about, but the legal wedding was on the Saturday. I won’t say what happened at any other meetings.”

A copy of the couple’s wedding certificate confirms they were married at Windsor Castle on May 19, and the witnesses are recorded as Prince Charles and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

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