Meghan Markle has a lot going on before her big day with Prince Harryon May 19, from numerous official engagements to her fun bachelorette party this weekend (Mar. 4)! Next up on the calendar is her confirmation and baptism, as reported by The Sunday Times, which will be held at Kensington Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Her parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, and Meghan’s husband-to-be will all be on hand when she joins the Church of England.
While details have not been confirmed by the palace, a source revealed to the publication that Meghan asked Justin to lead the service. “She has formed a close bond with him. She and Harry have been doing wedding prep with him.” Though the Suits alum was raised in a Protestant family, it’s said that she’s chosen to convert in honour of the Queen, which wasn’t necessary to marry Harry. But it’s clear that the 36-year-old holds Queen Elizabeth II in high regard, and she'll even be stepping out with her soon!
Like many who meet Her Majesty for the first time, Meghan formerly revealed that the experience was quite exciting! For Meghan, despite working in Hollywood amongst some of the biggest names, the moment was “surreal,” she shared in her and Harry’s first TV interview with BBC. The former actress said: “It’s incredible, I think, you know, a) to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.”
Meghan continued: “All of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her, I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her. She’s an incredible woman.”
Many have compared Meghan to Harry’s late mom Princess Diana- even the prince said in the interview that they would’ve been “thick as thieves” – and these similarities don’t stop with pushing royal fashion boundaries. The couple has decided to make their wedding even more public than a simple broadcast: They’ll be inviting 1,200 members of the public to their wedding, as well as 200 charity workers, 100 local students, 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate and the community members of Windsor Castle.