Meghan Markle explains she was asked to ‘plan her own wedding’

Meghan Markle discusses her Spotify podcast series 'Archetypes'

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In the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast series, Meghan Markle revealed that she was pushed to picture her wedding day from an early age. The Duchess of Sussex met Prince Harry in 2016 and the couple later married in a highly publicised royal wedding in 2018. In the episode which featured some students from Meghan’s former high school, the Duchess disclosed that she was once given a project to “plan [her] own wedding”.

The Duchess explained: “I walked some of these young women through my experience when I was at Immaculate Heart [High School].

“[There was] this assignment that I had to plan my own wedding – one of our assignments in our religion two class.”

Speaking to the students, Meghan asked: “Can you imagine? That to me was just what we did then, but now, for your generation, you’re thinking what on earth?”

One girl agreed: “Yeah, that sounds insane. They’re building a path for you.”

Another student added: “I think if we would have had those assignments now, we would have definitely spoken up about it. There is no doubt in my head that someone would have said something.”

In the previous episode of Archetypes just last week, Meghan revealed that she received a cherished piece of advice just days before her royal wedding.

The Duchess said: “[The message was from] a very, very influential and inspiring woman who, for her own privacy, I won’t share who it was with you.

“She said to me: ‘I know that your life is changing but please don’t give up your activism. Don’t give up because it means so much to women and girls’.”

Meghan added: “I kept doing the work for women and girls because it matters, yes, but also because she encouraged me to do so and the collective voice of all of us telling each other that matters is perhaps the point.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in 2018 in a ceremony held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The couple later stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and have since relocated to America, where they live with their two young children, Archie and Lilibet.

In her groundbreaking interview with Oprah Winfrey following the step back from royal duties, Meghan claimed that she and Prince Harry were actually married in a secret ceremony days before their royal wedding.

She told Oprah: “Three days before our wedding, we got married.”

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Meghan explained she had contacted the Archbishop of Canterbury and asked him to conduct the private ceremony.

She told Oprah: “We called the Archbishop and we just said: ‘Look this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.’

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

Prince Harry backed the revelations of his wife as he agreed it was “just the three of us,” the couple and the Archbishop, at the ceremony.

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