Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirm they didn't marry before official wedding: 'Privately exchanged personal vows'

The Duchess of Sussex previously told Oprah Winfrey the couple wed three days before their Windsor Castle ceremony

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they did not legally tie the knot days before their Windsor Castle wedding that was watched by millions around the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex instead clarified that they exchanged "private vows" at their home before their 2018 nuptials, after Meghan previously told TV host Oprah Winfrey the couple married before their widely broadcast ceremony at St George's Chapel.

A representative for the couple told Today this week that the duke and duchess "privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official / legal wedding on May 19".

In a bombshell interview with Winfrey that was released earlier in March, Meghan told the host that she and Prince Harry "got married" three days before their legal ceremony.

"No one knows that. But we called the archbishop, and we just said, 'Look, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us'," Meghan said.

"The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury," she explained, as Harry started singing "just the three of us", a reference to Bill Withers's song, Just the Two of Us.

Her claims sparked confusion as, under English marriage laws, couples are required to marry inside a place of worship or a licensed non-religious venue. Two witnesses are also required to attend any marriage.

British tabloid The Sun later refuted Meghan's claims by obtaining the couple's marriage licence from the General Register Office, which confirmed their legal wedding date was May 19, 2018.

FILE - This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. Almost as soon as the interview aired, many were quick to deny Meghan’s allegations of racism on social media. Many say it was painful to watch Meghan's experiences with racism invalidated by the royal family, members of the media and the public, offering up yet another example of a Black woman's experience being disregarded and denied. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP, File)

“What I suspect they did was exchange some simple vows they had perhaps written themselves, and which is fashionable, and said that in front of the Archbishop – or, and more likely, it was a simple rehearsal," former chief clerk Stephen Borton told the publication.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has not commented on the event.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Windsor wedding was watched by 18 million Britons, while 29 million people in the US tuned in.

A number of British and foreign royalty, international dignitaries and celebrity guests were in attendance, including Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra and Idris Elba.