Meghan Markle says she went into her royal marriage with Prince Harry “naively” — and that they secretly married 3 days before their televised wedding.
Markle told Winfrey that she didn’t know much about the royal family before tying the knot with Harry.
“I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family,” the 39-year-old former actress said. “It wasn’t something that was part of the conversation at home. It wasn’t something we followed.”
The “Suits” actress added that she never romanticized the royal lifestyle but imagined it as many Americans might have.
“It’s what you read in fairy tales,” she said of her prior misconceptions about royal life, adding that she “didn’t do any research about what [being a royal] would mean.”
“I never looked up my husband online. I just didn’t feel the need to because everything that I needed to know, he was sharing with me — or everything we thought I needed to know, he was telling me,” she added.
Markle also revealed that she and Prince Harry secretly got married in their backyard three days before their televised royal wedding in 2018. According to the duchess, they did so because they wanted to get “back down to basics” and have a moment just for the two of them, since the televised wedding was, as Markle put it, more for everybody else.
“No one knows that, but we called the archbishop and we just said, ‘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,” she told Winfrey.