The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has put to bed Meghan Markle’s contested claim she and Harry were married in secret a few days before their big royal wedding that cost the taxpayer millions.
In an interview with Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, the Archbishop smashed to pieces the notion he could have officiated a secret marriage of the royal couple for the simple reason he signed their marriage certificate during the big ceremony at Windsor Castle days later.
“I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the duke and duchess before the wedding,” said Welby. “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 it. But the legal wedding was on the Saturday. But I won’t say what happened at any other meetings.”
Welby’s intervention is the final blow to Meghan’s smug insistence she and Harry had arranged their “union between us” in private.
In her and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah at the beginning of March, the American former TV actress said they had called the head of the Church of England as if they were calling for a taxi to quickly arrange a private exchanging of vows with just the three of them in attendance. They were then publicly married three days later.
“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married,” said Meghan emitting a down to earth vibe as she squatted in her and Harry’s chicken coop to feed their free-range birds. “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 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.”
During the Oprah interview, Meghan made claims of racism in the royal family, having her passport and keys confiscated and not being looked after as she struggled with severe mental health issues, sparking a furious reaction. The dubious wedding boast attracted a great deal of scrutiny too with many observing she, Harry and Welby could not have arranged the secret marriage due to the absence of witnesses.
Now that the third person said to have been at the secret mini ceremony has spoken out, contradicting Meghan’s statements, many of her critics will feel vindicated.
Straight out of the blocks to comment on the revelation was Meghan’s most famous opponent, Piers Morgan.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury should either apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s secret wedding claims – or lose his job,” tweeted a sarcastic Morgan.
“This proves she lied so must question the legitimacy of her other shocking claims,” replied a social media user, amid a torrent of pro-Meghan trolling.