Meghan Markle was baptised into the Church of England in a private ceremony at St James’s Palace on March 6th and according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the ceremony was “beautiful and sincere”. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the baptism ceremony.
Speaking to ITV News on Friday, Justin Welby told Julie Etchingham, “It was very special. It was beautiful and sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19th at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Their engagement was announced by Clarence House in November 2017. The baptism was a key moment before the nuptials in May and a nod to Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, who is Head of the Church of England.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to officiate the wedding in May and spoke of the upcoming big day, “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring. And I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings.”
“At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other,” the Archbishop continued, “who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God, through Jesus Christ.”
At a Privy Council meeting this week, Her Majesty The Queen formally approved the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Monarch issued her approval, in a declaration, to the nuptials of her ‘most dearly beloved Grandson Prince Henry.’ Being fifth in line to the throne meant Prince Harry had to seek Her Majesty’s permission to marry.
The Archbishop of Canterbury concluded, “You pray for them to have the strength to fulfil their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honours their commitment.”