Prince Harry and Meghan Markle admitted on Monday that they were not married in secret three days before their public ceremony like they claimed during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A spokesperson for the couple told the Daily Beast on Monday that “the couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19.” Prince Harry and Markle had claimed in a March 7 interview with Winfrey that they had actually married in a private garden ceremony days before the public ritual, a claim immediately questioned by Anglican church officials. As The Daily Wire reported:
The ex-royal couple claimed in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey that they were actually married three days before their public wedding in a private ceremony attended only by themselves and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Experts say that the couple either lied about the private ceremony or insist it was illegitimate under Church of England law.
Reverend Canon Giles Fraser, the rector of St. Mary Newington church in London, asserted that Harry and Meghan’s private ceremony was not a wedding. At most, it was a church blessing.
“It wasn’t a wedding. It can’t have been,” Fraser told Insider. “It was probably a blessing. But they got married legally at Windsor.”
The reverend also tweeted out a photo of the couple’s marriage license that stated the couple was to be married in the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, not in a garden ceremony like the couple claimed in the interview.
The March 7 interview sparked a flood of criticism against the ex-royals with many questioning their claims of harassment and racism against members of the royal family and Buckingham Palace.
During the interview, Markle claimed a member of the royal family expressed “concerns” over her son Archie’s skin tone and “how dark the baby’s going to be potentially and what that would mean or look like.” Harry backed up his wife’s claim. Neither made a specific allegation against anyone, though Harry later stated that neither the queen nor Prince Philip made the comment.
The ex-royal couple accused palace staff of blocking Markle from receiving mental health treatment when she began having suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy. They also accused the palace of not attempting to correct or combat false or demeaning portrayals of Meghan appearing in the British press.
The interview sparked backlash online as people began questioning their claims against the royal family and monarchy. As The Daily Wire reported:
British television host Piers Morgan, who has been one of the most vocal critics of Harry and Markle’s behavior, wrote a column slamming the couple over the interview.
“Meghan & Harry’s nauseating two-hour Oprah whine-athon was a disgraceful diatribe of cynical race-baiting propaganda designed to damage the Queen as her husband lies in hospital — and destroy the Monarchy,” Morgan tweeted.
Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York accused the couple of orchestrating the complaint of racism against the royal family for attention.
“On interview last night: Amid the nonstop whining, what stood out was the obviously planned Meghan/Harry tag-team racism charge. Make allegation you know will be a bombshell and then say Oh, no, we could never say who did it — never!” York said.