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Justin Welby says he’s scared to vicar Prince Harry’s wedding
The head of the Church of England was put on the spot after Meghan made the claim in the course of her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was screened by ITV last night. The 39-year-old set tongues wagging when she told the talkshow veteran: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married.
“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 vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Large numbers of Twitter users have since attempted to hijack several posts by the Most Revd Welby in the wake of the Duchess’s claims.
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You need to clarify this situation
Replying to one tweet by the Archbishop on an unrelated topic yesterday, Karen Webb said: “You need to come out and say you didn’t marry H and M before chapel wedding.
“It’s not legal to get married without 2 witnesses. You need to clarify this situation.”
Similarly, James Tomalin asked: “Did you marry the Sussexes in secret 3 days before their wedding cost the British taxpayer 32 million pounds?”
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows, with Archbishop Justin Welby officiating
Responding to a separate, also unrelated tweet by the Archbishop today, another poster added: “Is that legal? I thought the venue had to have a licence?
“Bans should be read. Should be a police investigation Into this.”
Another declared: “You have violated God’s trust by performing the marriage vows twice for Harry and Meghan. Despicable.”
Another poster responded to a third tweet in which the Archbishop talked of the need to “cooperate on wide-ranging issues relating to conflict and reconciliation”.
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They said: “Co-operate? Like you co-operated 3 days before the UK slept on pavements…lined the streets, had street parties presuming we were all part of a wedding.. yet…You got a call and married em 3 days b4?
“You became part of the false charade!! Dear oh dear. SAD !!”
A spokesman for Lambeth Palace told Express.co.uk: “The Archbishop does not comment on personal or pastoral matters so we aren’t commenting.”
In accordance with ecclesiastical law, a marriage must be solemnised by a member of the clergy in a church, or in a place specified in a special licence ((for example, a cathedral, a chapel, a hospital), in the presence of two witnesses.
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It is currently unclear whether the ceremony described by Meghan had been solemnised accordingly.
Since her remarks, the BBC has reported a source close to the Sussexes as saying the occasion was in fact more of a private exchange of vows, and had been incorrectly described as a wedding during the course of the interview.
Five days before the spectacular ceremony at St George’s Chapel, a tweet showed a registrar from The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury signing the Special Marriage Licence for them to be married there.
The Queen was “saddened” to hear the full extent of the challenges faced by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the issues raised around race are “concerning”, Buckingham Palace has said in response to claims made during the interview.
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The Queen’s statement said: The statement on behalf of the Queen said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”