Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Was at Windsor Castle, Not Backyard As Claimed

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were officially married at Windsor Castle—not during the back garden ceremony they described to Oprah Winfrey, official records have shown.

The Duchess of Sussex said she "got married" three days before the St George's Chapel ceremony in a private event with just the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The claim was quickly put under scrutiny in Britain due to laws that require two witnesses in order for a marriage to be legal.

Now The Sun has pulled a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, which in the U.K. is publicly available to order from the General Registry Office.

The document reads: "2018 Marriage solemnized at The Queen's Free Chapel of St George in the Parish Of Within Her Castle at Windsor in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey they were married in secret in their back garden earlier. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

It records the date as May 19, 2018—the same day thousands lined the streets of Windsor to watch the royal wedding ceremony on big screens and wave as Harry and Meghan's carriage rode past.

Meghan told Oprah: "You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.

"We called the archbishop and we just said 'Look this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us.'"

The Church of England refused to comment on the claim, with a spokesperson telling Newsweek: "The archbishop does not comment on personal or pastoral matters so we aren't commenting."

However, Meghan and Harry's interview did appear to raise some eyebrows within the church.

Reverend Mark Edwards, the vicar at St Matthew's Church, in Dinnington, and St Cuthbert's Church, in Brunswick, told ChronicleLive he rang Lambeth Palace to ask for clarity.

He said he was told: "Justin does not do private weddings. Meghan is an American, she does not understand."

He said the person added: "Justin had a private conversation with the couple in the garden about the wedding, but I can assure you, no wedding took place until the televized national event."

The BBC reported there was a backyard event involving the couple and the Archbishop of Canterbury but it was merely an informal exchange of vows and not a wedding in the legal sense.

Stephen Borton, former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, told The Sun: "I'm sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed.

"They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

now @JonnyDymond reports... a person close to the Sussexes saying this “backyard wedding” was a private exchange of vows. The couple were legally married on May 19th. The BBC was told that the event had been incorrectly described in last night’s interview by Meghan.

— Callum May (@callummay) March 8, 2021

"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."