Proof that Harry and Meghan did not marry three days earlier

Proof that Harry and Meghan did not marry three days earlier

Harry and Meghan's shock TV claim that they married three days before their official ceremony has been exposed as a lie - by their own wedding certificate.

The document was provided to The Sun by the UK's General Register Office. It confirms the formalities took place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.

The official who drew up the licence for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding says Meghan is "obviously confused" over the marriage.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed she and Harry had tied the knot "in our backyard" before the grand wedding took place on May 19, 2018.

But as their wedding certificate came to light for the first time, Stephen Borton dismissed the claim.

Mr 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.

“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.”

Meghan, 39, had stunned the world by telling US talk show queen Oprah: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.

“The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

She went on to explain, saying she and Harry had rung the Archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, and asked him to marry them in private at Nottingham Cottage - their home in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Harry, 36, chimed in: “Just the three of us.”

Mr Borton, now a consultant for the Faculty Office, added: “They couldn’t have got married in the grounds of Nottingham Cottage as it is not an authorised venue and there were not enough witnesses present.

“You cannot be married with just three people. It’s not a valid ceremony.

“I think the Duchess is confused. Any certificate she may have of her vows on the wall is not an official wedding certificate.

“The wedding itself took place at St George’s Chapel under the conditions stipulated by the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 which have been recently amended.

“In order for them to be married a Special Licence was drawn up and the wording from Her Majesty the Queen authorising the wedding and the official venue was recorded.”

Mr Borton revealed the official $580 fee normally paid for couples to have a Special Licence was waived.

A copy of the official wedding certificate confirms the actual ceremony did take place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor.