In the ground-breaking, tell-all Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she tied the knot three days prior to the televised wedding at St George’s Chapel. In a modest ceremony in their backyard, only the bride, groom and Archbishop of Canterbury were in attendance. According to People, the vows that the couple read to each other during the private ceremony are framed in their bedroom at their home in California.
The pair have proved again that they are just like any normal couple with the special, low-key keepsake a reminder of their special day.
During the interview, Markle told Winfrey, “this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.”
While the stress of a normal wedding is enough to make us want to shirk those bridesmaid dresses, we can only guess the anxiety of holding a televised wedding. However, Markle revealed that she felt calm in the lead up to the big day.
“It was like having an out-of-body experience [that] I was very present for… the night before I slept through the night entirely, which in and of itself is a bit of a miracle,” she told Winfrey.
Other revelations to come to light during the interview included a member of the royal family allegedly raising concerns about how “dark” baby Archie’s skin would be while Markle was pregnant. Ongoing bullying from the press and a terrifying lack of support from the royal institution led Markle to have suicidal thoughts – a result eerily similar to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, and her struggles during marriage to Prince Charles. To add insult to injury, the palace changed protocol once Archie was born, informing his parents that he would not be made prince or afforded security personnel, without stating a reason as to why.
While the palace has released a statement in response to the interview, questions have been raised as to the lack of practical action they have taken, and what this could mean for the institution moving forward.