Meghan and Harry WERE backed by Palace over Kate drama & their ‘secret wedding’ was actually just a rehearsal

MEGHAN and Harry WERE backed by Buckingham Palace over an alleged feud with Kate Middleton, it is claimed. 

A string of revelations from the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview have been contested by royal sources, according to the Daily Mail. 

During the interview, which has sent shockwaves throughout Buckingham Palace and the world, Meghan revealed she told Prince Harry she begged the Firm for mental health support – but was denied help as it “wouldn’t be good for the institution”.

The Duchess also claimed that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations" about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

And she spoke candidly about how the press portrayed her alleged feud with Kate Middleton over bridesmaid dresses – we take a deeper look at those claims below.

ROYAL STAFF 'BACKED HARRY & MEG'

During the Oprah interview, Meghan suggested that royal aides had defended other members of the family against distorted media reports – but not her.

It came after she admitted she had been deeply hurt by reports of a feud between her and Kate Middleton appearing months after the royal wedding. 

She said: “They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.”

But the Mail claim that, due to the facts differing on both sides and the highly personal nature of the alleged row, royal press officers could not step in to address the claims. 

An insider told the Mail: “There were clearly two versions of the same event.

“Whatever the institution said would only draw more attention to it.”

MEGHAN’S ‘ROW WITH KATE’

A few months after Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018, it was widely reported that the Duchess of Sussex had made her sister-in-law cry over bridesmaid dress fittings.

But in her bombshell interview with Oprah, Meghan claimed “the reverse happened” – and she had been the one left in tears by Kate who later apologised for the incident.

Meghan, 39, said she had since forgiven the Duchess of Cambridge over the row – but that she had struggled as reports suggested she was the one who had been responsible for the confrontation.

Earlier this week, The Times reported how Kate had taken flowers to Nottingham Cottage, then Harry and Meghan’s home in Kensington Palace, as a peace offering. 

According to the paper, Meghan then slammed the door in the Duchess of Cambridge’s face. 

But Omid Scobie, a pal of Meghan’s and author of biography Finding Freedom, claimed that no one had in fact cried during the alleged row. 

In the book, he wrote: “There were no tears from anyone.”

HARRY AND MEG’S ‘PRE-WEDDING’

Meghan Markle told Oprah that her wedding to Prince Harry, watched by millions around the world, had in fact not been the day they exchanged their vows. 

In fact, the pair had actually been married in a secret ceremony three days before, Meghan claimed. 

The Duchess said: “Three days before our wedding, we got married.

“No one knows that. But 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, like, the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

But the Mail has disputed their version of events, citing English law which requires at least five people to be present at a wedding.

According to the paper, their claims meant that the Archbishop of Canterbury would have presided over a fake royal wedding on May 19, 2018 in the presence of the Queen – the head of the Church of England.

A Special Licenses Section of the Office of the Archbishop said that a “special licence was issued for the marriage in St George’s”. 

And a Lambeth Palace source told the Mail that the event in the couple’s backyard was in fact a “rehearsal” of the wedding ceremony, during which Archbishop Justin Welby is said to have blessed the couple – but did not marry them. 

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