Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan
Secret wedding without guests
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were married before the wedding. The Archbishop of Canterbury sealed the secret ceremony.
Prince Harry (36) and Duchess Meghan (39) had long been married when they officially stepped in front of the altar on May 19, 2018 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. In the CBS interview with talk queen Oprah Winfrey (67), the couple told of the secret wedding without guests, which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had held a few days earlier at her request.
According to Meghan, "nobody knew" about the secret ceremony in which the couple made "personal vows" to each other. The private marriage took place three days before the highly regarded royal wedding on May 19, which Meghan described as a "spectacle for the world". At the time, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan lived in a private house on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Nottingham Cottage, where they were also engaged. The small private ceremony is said to have taken place in the backyard.
Wedding vows hang in the bedroom
During the official wedding, the couple exchanged traditional vows, which has been witnessed by countless guests and millions of people around the world. Their personal marriage vows hang framed in the bedroom of their $ 14.5 million (about 12.2 million euros) villa in Montecito, California, as they said.
However, it is unclear whether the early marriage was legally binding. Because even at weddings in the Church of England, so-called witnesses are actually required. It is also unclear whether the royal family knew of the action.