Meghan Markle’s foray into the Royal Family has been shrouded in secrecy, from religious rites to pre-wedding festivities and secret charity meetings, but new details have emerged regarding the former actress’s secret baptism ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, opened up about it on Tuesday (March 6), gushing that performing the tradition was a “great privilege”.
In an interview with ITV News, the Archbishop couldn’t reveal any intimate details. When asked what more he could share about the service, Justin simply laughed, “Almost nothing at all! Except it was very special. It was beautiful, sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege.” Last week, the DailyMail reported that the baptism had been attended by Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
And Justin has another huge privilege on his hands, following swiftly behind the baptism. Now that Meghan has been confirmed by the Church of England and received Her Majesty’s royal seal of consent , it’s time for the nuptials. The Archbishop is preparing for the day Meghan and Harry say “I do,” a moment which will be captured in time for millions around the world to see. Though the honour must be stressful, Justin hasn’t forgotten his sense of humour, saying, “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!”
Royal watchers have quickly become enamored with the romantic love story of Meghan and Harry. And other than experiencing the courtship courtesy of Lifetime’s movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, they’ll get to watch its culmination live on their wedding day. Justin continued on a more serious note, “You know at the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God,” he said. “Through Jesus Christ, 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.”