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Clerk Who Drew Up Harry And Meghan's Wedding License Denies Claim They Married Before Windsor Wedding

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Clerk Who Drew Up Harry And Meghan's Wedding License Denies Claim They Married Before Windsor Wedding

The former official who issued the licence for the Sussex wedding ceremony has claimed Meghan Markle is "seriously misinformed" in regards to claims that she and Prince Harry had a private wedding before they married in Windsor.

In an explosive television interview with Oprah, which aired earlier this month, 39-year-old Meghan claimed that she and Harry had a secret ceremony with the Archbishop of Canterbury in their "backyard" three days before their public ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Meghan and Harry married in Windsor in 2018 (Credit: PA Images)
Meghan and Harry married in Windsor in 2018 (Credit: PA Images)

However, Stephen Borton, who has previously served as chief clerk at the Faculty Office, has said that Meghan is "misinformed" about the alleged 'secret ceremony'.

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"They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury," he told The Sun.

"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."

The pair's wedding was watched worldwide (Credit: PA Images)
The pair's wedding was watched worldwide (Credit: PA Images)

It is also worth noting that Meghan and Harry's 'backyard wedding' could not have been a legal ceremony as it lacked witnesses and a registered venue.

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Stephen continued it was likely a simple exchange of vows or a practise run for the official ceremony.

"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," he said.

The secret wedding was just one of many jaw-dropping claims that Meghan and Harry made in the exclusive interview, which aired on ITV in the UK.

The Royal Family has since said they will deal with accusations levelled at them in the interview privately (Credit: PA Images)
The Royal Family has since said they will deal with accusations levelled at them in the interview privately (Credit: PA Images)
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Harry, 36, spoke out at how not one of his relatives spoke out in support of Meghan following the racism she experienced from both online trolls and mainstream media - which led to the duchess suffering from suicidal thoughts.

The pair also claimed a member of the royal family had also asked how "dark" Archie's skin tone was likely to be.

Buckingham Palace has since said in a statement the royal family will be addressing the claims privately.

Tyla has contacted the Sussex's for comment.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: UK News, Royal Wedding, Royal, Royal Family, Prince Harry, Wedding, Meghan Markle

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