Prince Harry's biographer says it's 'appalling' that he 'didn't speak out' over wedding story

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

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Prince Harry has been criticised for not correcting his wife's story about the day they were married during their shock interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During one part of the programme, Meghan Markle told Winfrey: "Three days before our wedding, we got married."

She suggested she and Harry had a private ceremony in the garden with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

However, after it was made clear from Church of England clergy, the Archbishop confirmed the couple were formally married on 19 May 2018 – the royal wedding which was broadcast across the world.

A spokesman for the couple had previously clarified that Meghan was referring to an exchange of vows.

Britain’s Prince Harry gestures next to his wife Meghan as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Meghan and Harry on their wedding day, 19 May 2018. (Reuters)

Angela Levin, most recently known for Harry: Conversations with the Prince, told Talk Radio: "What is embarrassing is for him, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that he had to come out and say that, he didn't want to...

"How humiliating, just to create a scene of victimhood you drag in the Archbishop of Canterbury to say something, I think that's appalling.

"It's even more appalling that Harry, who didn't say much because Meghan wouldn't let him get a word in edgeways, in the interview, said 'yes there was just the three of us'.

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"So he endorsed what Meghan was saying.

"If Meghan pretended to be naive as she sometimes does and didn't know anything about legality in England she might have thought she got away with it, Harry knows absolutely that it's not true but he didn't dare to speak out and say 'well it wasn't really a wedding...'" 

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Meghan's story about the wedding caused confusion in the UK because of the laws around the number of witnesses needed for a legal ceremony and the notice which has to be given of forthcoming nuptials.

But after weeks of silence on the matter, speaking to la Repubblica, Welby said: "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."

Others have defended the royal couple, pointing out it's not unusual for a couple to consider a more private exchange of vows as their real wedding.

Anita Singh, Daily Telegraph arts and entertainment editor, tweeted: "Could it just possibly be... that Meghan and Harry considered their private exchange of vows to be the day they got married, while acknowledging that the wedding was the public/legal bit? Which isn’t *that* weird?"

Guy Pewsey, celebrity director at Grazia, tweeted: "It was clear that they meant that they had a secret ceremony as a symbolic moment." 

Buckingham Palace said it would be dealing with issues raised by the interview privately after it was aired in early March.

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