Did Meghan Markle lie about secret wedding? Palace insiders say exchange of vows 'rehearsal' for real ceremony
New developments continue to emerge as the explosive Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey continue to create headlines. Among the shocking revelations was the claim by Meghan that she and Harry married in secret three days before their actual Windsor Castle wedding that was tuned in by millions, but it has been claimed that this was just a rehearsal.
She complained that the palace didn't help in shutting down rumors of her making Kate Middleton cry, instead telling the host that it was the other way around with Meghan actually in tears. Reports said that royal press officers had dismissed many stories on her behalf. Meghan also added that royal aides had defended other members of the family against twisted media reports, but not her. "They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren't willing, to tell the truth, to protect me and my husband," she said.
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Except, a Daily Mail report claims that facts have been different from both ends and the royal press officers could not step in to address Meghan's claims. According to an Insider: "There were clearly two versions of the same event. Whatever the institution said would only draw more attention to it."
Soon after Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018, multiple reports said the Duchess of Sussex had made her sister-in-law, Kate, cry over bridesmaid dress fittings. However, in the interview, Meghan said "the reverse happened." Earlier this week, a Times report said Meghan had slammed the door on Kate's face when she had taken flowers to the couple's home in Kensington Palace as a peace offering. But according to Omid Scobie, Meghan's friend and author, no tears were shed during the row.
This was followed by Meghan telling Oprah that their wedding, which was watched by millions, wasn't the actual one, rather the pair had married secretly three days before. "Three days before our wedding, we got married," she said.
Speaking about the royal wedding, Meghan remarked that she felt as though the extravagant event -- which was attended by dozens of high-profile figures, including Oprah herself -- "wasn't our day."
"No one knows that. But 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, like, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury." Except, this version was also disputed by the Daily Mail which cited an English law that says at least five people need to be present at a wedding. As per an informed source at Lambeth Palace, what Meghan was referring to was actually a 'rehearsal' of the wedding ceremony, during which the couple went through their wedding vows.