During their Oprah special, Harry and Meghan talked about having a secret wedding that took place in their backyard just three days before they officially tied the knot at Windsor Castle—but in the weeks since their tell-all aired, critics have hit back at the Sussexes’ claim that they got “married” during the private backyard ceremony. Finally, after much scrutiny, a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry is clearing things up once and for all.
A representative for the Duke, 36, and Duchess, 39, confirmed to both the Daily Beast and NBC’s “Today” on March 22 that the couple didn’t *actually* get legally married during their secret ceremony, but instead “exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19,” in 2018. The couple’s statement comes after weeks of backlash from the U.K. press and palace sources claiming that they lied about their secret wedding after Meghan said they “got married” in their backyard during her interview with Oprah.
In the special, which aired March 7, 2021, Meghan recalled exchanging vows with Harry in the backyard of their home at Nottingham Cottage as the Archbishop of Canterbury presided. “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that,” Meghan told Oprah.
She continued, “We called the archbishop, and we just said, ‘Look, this thing, this spectacle, is for the world. But we want our union between…