Meghan and Harry blasted for ‘telling world’ about secret wedding despite privacy wishes

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Meghan Markle said she and Harry had a secret marriage ceremony with the Archbishop of Canterbury in their “backyard” three days before their grand royal wedding. The duchess said “no-one knew” and the couple shared personal vows for “just the two of us”. But all Church of England weddings legally require two witnesses so the “marriage” could have been a blessing.

Speaking to Palace Confidential on MailPlus, royal expert Rebecca English said: “I have to say they made it sound like they actually had a proper wedding ceremony with the Archbishop of Canterbury three days before the wedding.

“I’m not sure that’s entirely the case because you’ve got to have witnesses and there’s a legal process to go through.

“It sounds like it was a nice, happy, humanist ceremony in their back garden.

“I slightly turn this on its head because Harry has often accused the media and the general public for this huge interest in their private lives and how they’ve been under siege with them over the past couple of years.

“But actually very little of them about what they do privately ever made its way to the papers.”

Commentator Sarah Vine added: “When I watched that I thought, this is one part of their wedding that is genuinely private and there you are feeding chickens with Oprah telling the world about it.”

It comes as a close friend of the Duchess of Sussex has claimed the couple are “feeling free” following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Actress Janina Gavankar, a friend of Meghan for some 17 years, said she spoke to the pair regularly and that they now planned to turn their focus towards the environmental and humanitarian work they had bonded over initially.

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Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, she said: “I think they are feeling free. It is nice to see them feel free.

“Now they can get back to what they really were focussed on and how they really met and fell in love, that was through humanitarian and environmental work, they have Archewell (the Sussexes’s charitable organisation).

“They have been doing that kind of work way before they met each other and now they can do it together. It is actually a really good time.”

She and Harry also alleged that a fellow royal had been worried about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.

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Gavankar, 40, said she had at the time been made “worried, terrified, sad” by her friend’s mental health problems.

She added: “After reading this short statement that came out from Buckingham Palace today, I felt two things.

“One side, I thought: I am so thankful that they are finally acknowledging the experience.

“But on the other side, I am well aware that the family and the staff were well aware of the extent of it, and though their recollections may vary, ours don’t, because we lived through it with them. There are many emails and texts to support that.”

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