Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘secret wedding didn’t take place, vicar told by Archbishop of Canterbury’

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A Newcastle vicar, Mark Edwards, has claimed he was told that "no wedding took place" in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's garden days before their public ceremony.

Meghan, 39, and 36 year old Prince Harry were the centre of the world's attention when they married at St. George's Chapel in May 2018.

However, during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed she and Harry had already said "I do" before meeting at the alter in front of global media.

"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 told the chat show host.

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Meghan added that the ceremony was "just the two of us in our back yard with the Archbishop of Canterbury."

Now, Rev Mark Edwards has told Chronicle Live that he contacted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's office "to get some clarity" on their policy of performing private weddings.

The vicar at St Matthew's Church, in Dinnington, and St Cuthbert's Chuch, in Brunswick, said a Lambeth Palace staff member told him: "Justin does not do private weddings. Meghan is an American, she does not understand."

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He added that the person he spoke to 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.”

A marriage must be solemnized by a member of the clergy in a church, or in a place specified in a special licence (e.g. a cathedral, a chapel, a hospital), in the presence of two witnesses.

OK! online has approached the Archbishop of Canterbury's office and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's representatives for further comment.

Elsewhere in Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah, the former Suits actress announced she's expecting a baby girl with her other half.

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She also claimed that there were "concerns" over the colour of her son Archie's skin within the Royal Family, but refused to name the person who made the comment.

Meghan said: "In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he's born.

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"They didn't want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security."

Oprah, 67, enquired for more details, but Meghan refused to name the royal member who made the comments, saying it would be "very damaging to them."

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