Harry and Meghan’s fairy tale public wedding was actually their second

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss outside St George’s Chapel

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Up until today, most of the world believed 19 May 2018 to be the day Harry and Meghan united and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before the world at their Royal Wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The narrative has now been corrected. In their bombshell interview last night with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast on CBS, they revealed that they were secretly married three days before the event that was aired to the world.

In their televised chat with Oprah, Meghan revealed they had a private ‘union’ in their backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury and no other guests. Meghan said that ‘no one knew’ about the secret ceremony, in which the pair shared personal vows for ‘just the two of us’. The couple explained to Oprah that the private union took place three days before their eagerly-awaited, widely watched Royal Wedding on 19 May, which Meghan described as a ‘spectacle for the world’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George’s Chapel

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Speaking about the secret union, Meghan said: ‘You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.’ Meghan went on to reveal that she and Harry phoned the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby – who performed the ceremony at their official wedding – and asked him to marry them in private days before the event that was watched by millions around the world.

‘We called the Archbishop and we just said, “Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us.”’ The couple revealed that they exchanged personal vows during their private backyard ceremony, which they now have framed in the bedroom of their multi million pound Montecito mansion.

‘So, like, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury,’ she continued. Harry then jokingly interjected by singing: ‘Just the three of us, just the three of us.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle

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At the time, Harry and Meghan were living in a private home in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Nottingham Cottage, which is where they got engaged. On the subject of the Royal Wedding, Meghan said that she felt as though the star-studded event – which was attended by a wealth of high-profile figures including George and Amal Clooney – ‘wasn’t our day’.

Asking about the wedding, Oprah said: ‘I remember sitting in the chapel, thanks for inviting me by the way. I recall this sense of magic. I’d never experienced anything like it. It seemed like you were floating down the aisle.’

Meghan responded: ‘I thought about this a lot because it was like having an out of body experience I was very present for. And that’s the only way I can describe it because the night before I slept through the night entirely, which in and of itself is a bit of a miracle. And then I woke up and started listening to that song Going To The Chapel [The Dixie Cups], and just tried to make it fun and light and remind ourselves that this was our day – but I think we were both really aware, even in advance, that this wasn’t our day. This was the day that was planned for the world’.

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