Meghan Markle was reportedly baptized and confirmed into the Church of England on Tuesday (March 6). In advance of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, the Suits alum officially joined the church in a “secret service” conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Chapel Royal.
First reported by theDaily Mail, the ceremony was attended by her husband-to-be and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Now that she’s a member of the Church of England, she’ll be allowed to take communion alongside other members of the Royal Family.
As revealed in the paper, Meghan is thought to have had two people “the equivalent of godparents” with her for the baptism, which saw a choir performance and a supper for 18 guests. Crown jeweller Mark Appleby reportedly helped out during the ceremony, at which silverware from the christenings of the Royal Family were used.
The former actress, who was raised Catholic, is said to have made the religious confirmation as a sign of respect for the Queen, who is head of the church. She’ll soon reunite with her future grandmother-in-law at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12.
Like many who meet Her Majesty for the first time, Meghan has revealed that the experience was quite “surreal.” During her and Harry’s first TV interview with the BBC, the 36-year-old reflected on the meeting: “It’s incredible, I think, you know, to be able to [see] 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.”