Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry and Duchess ADMIT they didn't actually marry three days before Windsor wedding

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry today admitted they did NOT marry three days before their Windsor wedding.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed to Oprah they had tied the knot “in our backyard” 72 hours before the lavish public wedding on May 19, 2018.

But the Sun yesterday revealed exclusively the formalities DID take place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.

And a spokesperson for the couple admitted today they had "privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19."

Meghan, 39, had stunned the world by telling US talk show queen Oprah: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.

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

She said she and Harry phoned the Archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, and asked him to marry them in private at Nottingham Cottage — their home in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Harry, 36, chimed in: “Just the three of us.”

But their wedding certificate proved the claim was incorrect.

It comes as Harry and Meghan chief of staff has quit after less than a year — the latest of 13 key aides to leave the Sussexes.

Her long-serving agent has also left while the PR team has been sidelined, it has emerged.

Catherine st-Laurent left a plum job with Bill and Melinda Gates to work as Harry and Meghan’s chief of staff last April.

At the time she said she was “honoured” but insiders say the Canadian mother of two became frustrated. 

Ms St-Laurent has been shifted to a “senior advisory role” but is not expected to stay. She also stepped down as chief exec of their Archewell Foundation. 

The Sun can reveal Meghan has also parted ways with Nick Collins, her agent since she was an unknown actress.

PR team Sunshine Sachs, which represented her when she was on Suits, has been shifted to the couple’s charity ventures.

At least nine other aides quit jobs when Meghan and Harry were working royals.

For full details and analysis of the sensational interview, follow our live blog below.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EXPLAINER – WHAT IS THE ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION?

    Meghan and Harry have created a non-profit organisation called Archewell, as their big venture post-royal duties. 

    The non-profit aims to offer "classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics," run a mentoring scheme, or conduct and host "events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

    The website launched on New Years Eve 2020 and couple included sweet black-and-white photos of them with their mothers as they called for "compassion" in an open letter.

    It also has the potential to self-publish articles, magazines, books, music, podcasts, television shows, and computer software.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ROYAL FAMILY ASK BRITS TO JOIN DAY OF REFLECTION AND ONE MINUTE SILENCE

    The Royal Family has asked Brits to join in the one minute silence at midday today on the one year anniversary since the beginning of the pandemic.

    Sharing a link to a Marie Curie charity page, the Royals are asking people to "reflect, connect or support" others today.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGHAN AND HARRY ADMIT THEY DID NOT GET MARRIED 'THREE DAYS' BEFORE WEDDING

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry today admitted they did NOT marry three days before their Windsor wedding.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed to Oprah they had tied the knot “in our backyard” 72 hours before the lavish public wedding on May 19, 2018.

    But a spokesperson for the couple admitted today they had "privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WATCH – PRINCE CHARLES CALLS ON BRITS TO ‘TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER’ THOSE LOST TO COVID ON ANNIVERSARY

    Prince Charles has called on Brits to “take a moment” to remember those lost to coronavirus on the anniversary of lockdown. 

    Watch the Prince of Wales’ message below.

    Prince Charles calls on Brits to ‘take a moment to remember’ those lost to Covid on anniversary of lockdown today

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KATE 'SYMPATHISES' WITH WILLIAM'S ANGER OVER SUSSEX CLAIMS ABOUT ROYAL FAMILY SAYS ROYAL EXPERT

    Kate Middleton has "sympathised" with Prince William's "anger" over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview claims, a royal expert has said.

    Kate Nicholl said that although Kate was close to her brother-in-law, her loyalties lie "with her husband and their family".

    She told OK! magazine: “Kate has been there for William recently, especially after his conversations with Harry didn’t go too well.

    "Kate has always remained loyal to William despite how close she was to Harry.

    "Her loyalties are with her husband and their family.

    "Even though she’d love peace and harmony, she sympathises with William’s upset and anger.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BBC DEFENDS COVERAGE OF OPRAH INTERVIEW

    BBC News has defended its coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey after complaints it was "relentless".

    BBC insisted that the coverage was "reflected duly impartially" and "proportionate".

    "The interview given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey was in itself a news story because members of the Royal Family rarely speak publicly and in-depth," a spokesperson said.

    "Its content sparked wider conversations about racism, mental health, the role of the Royal Family and the media.

    "Our coverage reflected duly impartially and accurately what the couple said and the reaction to it," they continued.

    "The institution of the monarchy and how it develops is a matter of high public interest and we are confident our coverage was proportionate given the significance of the interview."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    QUEEN CANCELLED INVITATION TO SANDRINGHAM ON THE DAY HARRY AND MEGHAN LANDED

    Prince Harry claimed that the Queen cancelled an invitation to Sandringham just after the Prince and Meghan Markle landed in the UK.

    "My grandmother had said 'the moment you land, come up to Sandringham, we'd love to have a chat, come for tea, why don't you stay for dinner because it's going to be a long drive and you're going to be exhausted?' Prince Harry said.

    The moment they landed in the UK, the Prince said he got a message from his private secretary at the time telling him that the trip had been cancelled.

    He said it was "basically saying: 'Please pass on to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that he cannot come to Norfolk.

    "'The Queen is busy, she's busy all week'."

    Oprah asked in the clip released after the bombshell interview: "After she'd just invited to you?"

    Harry replied: "She'd just invited me. 'The Queen is busy, she's busy all week, do not come up here.'"

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PRINCE HARRY ACCUSES QUEEN'S AIDES OF GIVING 'BAD ADVICE'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have accused the Queen's aides of giving "really bad advice" during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    In a clip released after the two hour special at the start of the month, Harry, 36 said: "When you're head of the Firm, there are people around you that give you advice.

    "And what has also made me really sad is some of that advice has been really bad."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WHAT IS ARCHEWELL?

    Since stepping back as senior royals, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now launching their own non-profit foundation, Archewell. 

    The non-profit aims to offer "classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics," run a mentoring scheme, or conduct and host "events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

    The website launched on New Years Eve 2020 and couple included sweet black-and-white photos of them with their mothers as they called for "compassion" in an open letter.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    GAYLE KING CLAIMS ROYALS' DIVERSITY CHIEF IS 'PR STUNT'

    Oprah Winfrey's best friend Gayle King has labelled the Royal Family's planned hiring of a diversity chief a "fallout" PR stunt.

    The CBS News presenter was speaking after it was reported the Queen is set to appoint a new diversity tsar to help modernize the British monarchy.

    During a discussion on This Morning, Gayle said: "It will be curious to see the kind of person they choose" before quickly adding "it seems like fallout to me.

    "I know you are saying development but it does kind of feel like fallout."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WILLIAM AND HARRY WENT FOR LONG WALK

    Prince William and Harry went for a long walk to try to clear the air after Megxit but "didn't part as friends", according to reports.

    The Queen summoned Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to Sandringham in January last year for crunch talks about Meghan and Harry's future in the Royal Family.

    After thrashing out a deal, the brothers attempted to reconcile their differences with the long stroll.

    But The Sunday Times claims William and Harry "did not part shores as friends".

    And sources have now revealed the true impact of the fallout.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN AND HARRY HIRE OSCAR-NOMINATED PRODUCER

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired an Oscar-nominated producer to lead their multimillion-dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    Ben Browning will take on a new role as head of content for the creative arm of charity Archewell.

    Mr Browning, the former production president of FilmNation, was just nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture.

    It comes amid a tumultuous time for Meghan and Harry, as well as the organisation named for their son.

    It was today revealed that the charity's director Catherine St-Laurent has left her role after just a year.

    Catherine St-Laurent took on the role in April last year – but has already stepped aside.

  • Elizabeth Little

    PRINCE CHARLES MARKS DAY OF NATIONAL REFLECTION

    The Prince of Wales has lent his support to the day of national reflection being held on the anniversary of the first UK lockdown.

    The nation will pause in remembrance of those who have died during the crisis in the past year, organised by the end-of-life charity Marie Curie.

    In a recorded message, Prince Charles said: “We have all been inspired by the resourcefulness we have witnessed, humbled by the dedication shown by so many, and moved, beyond words, by the sacrifices we have seen.”

    “Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting.”

    “In their memory, let us resolve to work for a future inspired by our highest values, that have been displayed so clearly by the people of this country through this most challenging of times.”

  • Elizabeth Little

    'HARRY WANTED TO LEAVE ROYAL LIFE BEFORE MEGHAN'

    Prince Harry had shown he wanted his independence before he married Meghan Markle, claims a royal expert.

    Royal commentator Marlene Koenig said Meghan Markle hadn't been the driving force in her and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior royals. 

    During an interview with Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig argued Prince Harry had shown he wanted a life different from that of a senior member of the Royal Family prior to them getting married. 

    She highlighted the Duke's work in Africa and the military as an example of his quest for independence before the couple's announcement they were stepping down as senior royals in early 2020.

  • Elizabeth Little

    QUEEN TO APPOINT DIVERSITY TSAR

    The Queen is reportedly set to appoint a diversity tsar to modernise the monarchy.

    Sources said the move would show that "more needs to be done" after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made claims of racism in the Royal Family, the Mail on Sunday report. 

    Aides at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace will take part in a "listen and learn" exercise in the next few weeks.

    The exercise will reportedly involve the Palace "seeking independent views" about how the Royal Family can improve its approach to diversity.

  • Elizabeth Little

    UNSEEN INTERVIEW FOOTAGE COULD BE AIRED

    More unseen footage from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview could soon be aired by ITV.

    The tell-all chat, which was watched by 12.4million viewers when it first aired in the UK, made a series of fierce revelations about the Royal Family.

    Now ITV want to show more unseen clips of the bombshell interview.

    More than 90 minutes of footage has yet to have been broadcast, and the palace fear it could feature more groundbreaking revelations.

  • Elizabeth Little

    WEDDING CERTIFICATE PROOF

    Harry and Meghan’s shock TV claim that they married three days before their official ceremony has been exposed as a sham — by their own wedding certificate.

    The document is shown here for the first time after being provided by the General Register Office.

    It confirms the formalities DID take place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.

  • Elizabeth Little

    MEGHAN COULD FACE ANOTHER HIGH COURT BATTLE

    Meghan Markle could face a fresh High Court privacy battle after a judge allowed a newspaper time to appeal against her victory over the publication of a letter to her dad.

    The royal was set to receive an apology after the judge ruled a national paper breached her privacy when it printed extracts of a five-page letter she'd written to Thomas Markle. 

    But now she'll face a wait – after The Mail On Sunday was told it can seek permission to appeal the decision.

    The paper had been ordered to print a front-page statement about Meghan's victory earlier this month. But that's now on hold to allow the newspaper's publisher Associated Newspapers Limited to make a bid to overturn the ruling.

  • Elizabeth Little

    SUSSEX HIRE OSCAR-NOMINATED PRODUCER

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired an Oscar-nominated producer to lead their multimillion-dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    Ben Browning will take on a new role as head of content for the creative arm of charity Archewell. 

    Mr Browning, the former production president of FilmNation, was just nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture.

  • Elizabeth Little

    INSIDER INSISTS WILL'S 'NOT RACIST'

    Prince William's charity boss pal has insisted the future king is not racist after Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview claims.

    Seyi Obakin spent the night sleeping rough with the Duke of Cambridge in London 12 years ago and has considered him a friend ever since.

    The chief executive of Centrepoint, a charity which supports homeless young people and of which William is patron, once camped out in secret with the Duke so he could experience sleeping rough.

    "I have never seen a hint of racism," Mr Obakin told The Telegraph. "Never."

    "I have worked with him in close proximity for years. He has met my family. He’s never treated us with anything other than decency, dignity and respect."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WILLIAM AND HARRY WENT FOR 'LONG WALK' AFTER MEGXIT SUMMIT

    Prince William and Harry went for a long walk to try to clear the air after Megxit but "didn't part as friends", according to reports.

    The Queen summoned Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to Sandringham in January last year for crunch talks about Meghan and Harry's future in the Royal Family.

    After thrashing out a deal, the brothers attempted to reconcile their differences with the long stroll.

    But The Sunday Times claims William and Harry "did not part shores as friends".

  • Elizabeth Little

    WHAT IS ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION?

    Meghan and Harry have created a non-profit organisation called Archewell, as their big venture post-royal duties. 

    The non-profit aims to offer "classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics," run a mentoring scheme, or conduct and host "events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

    The website launched on New Years Eve 2020 and the couple included sweet black-and-white photos of them with their mothers as they called for "compassion" in an open letter.

  • Elizabeth Little

    ROYAL LOOKALIKE LAUGHS

    This Morning viewers were left in hysterics today as Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby interviewed four Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lookalikes.

    The impersonators appeared on the show to discuss how their work has been affected since the couple’s now infamous interview with Oprah earlier this month – but those watching at home weren’t convinced by them.

    In fact, fans took to Twitter discuss how little they looked like the pair – branding them ‘Poundland’ versions.

    One person wrote: “#ThisMorning “lookalikes” taking very loosely here. Look nothing like them.”

  • Elizabeth Little

    PIPPA'S BABY 'WELCOME DISTRACTION' FOR KATE

    The arrival of Pippa Middleton's daughter has been a "welcome distraction" for the Duchess of Cambridge, a royal expert has claimed.

    Pippa and her husband James welcomed little Grace Elizabeth Jane last week, weighing 6lbs 7oz.

    Royal expert Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine that Kate Middleton is delighted by the happy family news.

    She said: “Pippa’s baby joy has been a welcome distraction for Kate after a difficult few weeks. It’s really put a smile back on her face.”

  • Elizabeth Little

    ROYAL 'PR STUNT'

    Oprah Winfrey's best friend Gayle King has labelled the Royal Family's planned hiring of a diversity chief a "fallout" PR stunt.

    The CBS News presenter was speaking after it was reported the Queen is set to appoint a new diversity tsar to help modernize the British monarchy.

    During a discussion on This Morning, Gayle said: "It will be curious to see the kind of person they choose" before quickly adding "it seems like fallout to me.”

    "I know you are saying development but it does kind of feel like fallout."

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