“I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false,” Archbishop Justin Welby says.
It comes after Meghan Markle claimed that she and Prince Harry had had a secret ceremony in their backyard ahead of their royal wedding ceremony.
“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married, the Duchess told Oprah Winfrey during an interview which aired at the beginning of this month. “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’.
However, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby silenced the backyard wedding claims by revealing that Meghan and Harry`s wedding was on Saturday 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Despite having a number of confidential meetings with the couple before the wedding the Archbishop of Canterbury denied he secretly married the couple but had only “signed the wedding certificate, which is a legal document”.
Following the Oprah interview, the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office who issued Meghan Markle and Prince Harry`s license, Stephen Borton said the Duchess “is obviously confused and clearly misinformed”.
“They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury,” he said.
“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.”