Archbishop of Canterbury claims Prince Harry and Meghan’s time in the royal family WORSE than a life prison sentence

Archbishop of Canterbury, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan's time in the royal family was worse than doing a life prison sentence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan's time in the royal family was worse than living out a life prison sentence.

The senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England married the couple back in May 2018 (opens in new tab) and was forced to speak out in response to the Sussexes' claims that they got married in secret (opens in new tab) in their Windsor cottage backyard days before the wedding.

And now the Archbishop has spoken out in support of Meghan and Harry in his latest claims towards the harrowing life of a royal, which he claims the public 'expect them to be superhuman.'

He told the Financial Times, "It's life without parole, isn't it? If you go back to the 1930s, Edward VIII - he was still a celeb and followed everywhere once he'd abdicated. We expect them to be superhuman."

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Harry and Meghan left the UK last April to start a new life for themselves with son Archie, one, and earlier this year they officially stepped down (opens in new tab) as senior working members of the royal family.

Speaking about the Sussexes' wedding, he told an Italian newspaper, "I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the duke and duchess before the wedding. The legal wedding was on the Saturday. I signed the wedding certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offence if I signed it knowing it was false. So you can make what you like about it. But the legal wedding was on the Saturday. But I won't say what happened at any other meetings."

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The couple hit headlines with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview (opens in new tab) which alleged racism in the royal family - something which harry's brother Prince William hit back telling reporters, "We are very much not a racist family" when quizzed.

And royal commentator Rob Jobson accused the outspoken Archbishop of Canterbury of being 'a little clumsy with his words' before declaring that his words were 'sure to irritate' senior royals.

"I think he was trying to emphasise what being Queen and royal involves," Mr Jobson said. "But coming on the back of Harry saying Charles and William are 'trapped' by the system, Welby's remarks are sure to irritate".

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.