A spokesman for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has confirmed that the ceremony “held in their backyard” three days before their wedding was not a marriage.
The spokesman told Britain’s the Sun newspaper said the paid had “privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19”.
The admission came a day after the publication provided a wedding certificate as proof that Harry and Meghan’s intimate ceremony was not a “wedding” as the Duchess claimed in her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The paperwork confirms the Duke and Duchess of Sussex married on May 19 2018 at Windsor Castle.
And the official who drew up the paperwork, Stephen Borton, told The Sun: “I’m sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed.
“The Special Licence I helped draw up enabled them to marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on 19 May 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognised by the Church of England and the law.
“What I suspect they did was exchange some simple vows they had perhaps written themselves, and which is fashionable, and said that in front of the Archbishop — or, and more likely, it was a simple rehearsal.”
The suggestion the couple wed three days before their official nuptials in a “backyard” ceremony with “just the two of us” and the “Archbishop of Canterbury” was just one of a string of startling claims made by Meghan during her sit-down chat with Winfrey.
During the two-hour interview, the couple also claimed a member of the Royal Family asked how dark their son’s skin would be.
While Harry and Meghan have since returned to their quieter lives after stunning the world with their claims, Gayle King – who is Oprah’s best friend – appeared on CBS This Morning to give an insight into how the Royal Family had reacted.
She described the couple as having an “unproductive” conversation with Prince William and Prince Charles and added that “no-one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet”.
William is now reportedly “worried” private conversations with his brother will be broadcast on American TV.
Citing a source, the Sun said the Duke of Cambridge fears conversations with Prince Harry would be “plastered over American TV”.
Meanwhile, new claims published in British publication Express.co.uk suggest Harry wanted to be independent from the royals even before he married Meghan.
Royal commentator Marlene Koenig said the Duke’s work in Africa and the military pointed to the fact that he had a desire to move away from a traditional royal role.
“I personally think that this has been long-planned,” Koenig told the publication.
“Prince Harry has wanted an out to live his own life even before he married Meghan Markle.
“Meghan Markle, with her confidence and her having both feet in a world that is not the Royal Family, gave Harry that impetus to move.”