Archbishop finally speaks out to deny Meghan and Harry’s ‘secret wedding’ claim

The Archbishop of Canterbury has finally confirmed when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married – after the Duchess of Sussex claimed she and the Duke married three days before their grand wedding.

Meghan made the claim during an explosive interview with U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast on CBS and then ITV.

The pregnant Duchess said she and Harry had a secret marriage with the Most Reverend Justin Welby in their "backyard," which she said nobody knew about.

According to Meghan, the wedding happened days before their St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Confusion over the legality of the claim spread as in order of a ceremony to be legitimate it must occur in a registered venue and be witnessed by a friend or family member.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has remained quiet, but Mr Welby told Italian newspaper Repubblica that the "legal wedding was on the Saturday."

Mr Welby said he would have "committed a serious criminal offence" if he signed Meghan and Harry's wedding certificate knowing it was false, and reiterated that their legal wedding took place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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The Archbishop went on to say that he had a number of meetings with Meghan and Harry prior to their wedding, but refused to tell the publication what happened behind closed doors.

He added that his refusal to discuss their private meetings has nothing to do with their status, but his priestly vows, which expect people to keep talks confidential.

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Mr Welby said: "If any of you ever talk to a priest, you expect them to keep that talk confidential.

"It doesn’t matter who I’m talking to. 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."

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