I am breaking my promise to myself not to comment on the royal nonsense surrounding the departure of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle from the grounds of Windsor Castle. While they ran away to enjoy more privacy, they did want to explain themselves to Oprah Winfrey and millions of viewers around the world.
In the interview, her ladyship played the race card against the royal family – excluding Queen Elizabeth and the ailing Prince Philip. The revelation of racism was greeted with shock by Winfrey.
British media personality Piers Morgan declared – from his seat on the BBC’s “Good Morning Britain” show – that he did not believe a word Markle said. This brought a round of political correctness “how could you” condemnation from the panel of co-hosts. It was so brutal, that Morgan walked off the set. BBC took that as a resignation and made his departure permanent –sort of.
In that same interview, Harry and Meghan – as they are referred to by people who do not know them – stated that they had been privately and secretly married by Sheldon Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a ceremony in their backyard in which only those three took part. It was done because they wanted their real marriage to be personal and intimate – not all that pomp associated with a royal wedding.
Meghan said, “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, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
A nice common touch from two former royals who seek to be merely rich and famous commoners.
Weeell … it seems the Archbishop of Canterbury was not aware that he had officiated at a private marriage between Harry and Meghan. And at 65 years of age, he is not likely to have forgotten such an event.
It is hard to imagine why the couple would tell such an audacious and so easily disproved lie. Which one of them came up with the idea? And why did the other go along?
It is one thing to tell a lie that cannot be easily proven or disproven – like accusations of racism – but did they believe that the Archbishop was going to remain silent? Welby not only blew their fib out of the water, but he noted that had that story been true, he would have violated the law by signing fraudulent documents in conjunction with the official, real and only wedding.
Referring to the public wedding, Welby said, “I signed the wedding certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offense if I signed it knowing it was false.”
The couple now has admitted that there was no wedding in their backyard. They now claim that they shared personal vows to each other – but not in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Maybe they had a photograph of Welby on the scene. Even royals should know had holding hands and saying “I love you” is not a wedding – or a lot of folks would be bigamists. And don’t legal weddings need witnesses?
Meghan almost revealed the lie when she referred to the “two” of them in the backyard. (Backyard? Houses have backyards. Castles have gardens.) Harry had to remind his wife that there were three people involved in their secret wedding. To me, that correction dispels any notion that there was some sort of misstatement or mistaken interpretation. This was a premeditated lie on both their parts. One can only assume that they believed the Archbishop would not dare speak truth to power.
To bring this full circle, Piers Morgan facetiously suggested that the Archbishop be removed from his ecclesiastical office for accusing Markle of lying.
Well, Morgan has accepted BBC’s offer to return him to his seat on “Good Morning Britain.” The Archbishop is no longer in fear of criminal prosecution. The accusations of royal racism have lost a lot of credibility. Harry and Meghan enter their version of private life with a damaged reputation. And I can go back to covering more important issues – political lies.
So, there ‘tis.