Meghan Markle's Baptism Was "Beautiful, Sincere, and Very Moving" Says Archbishop of Canterbury
In advance of her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has joined the Church of England. Several outlets are reporting that she was baptized in a private ceremony at St. James's Palace in London in early March.
According to the Daily Mail, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby administered the sacrament, which included holy water from the River Jordan being poured on Markle's head.
When asked by ITV about the ceremony, Welby described Markle's baptism as being "very special." "It was beautiful, sincere, and very moving," he said. "It was a great privilege."
The Sunday Times had initially reported that her christening would be held sometime in
#MeghanMarkle will be baptised & confirmed by @JustinWelby at Kensington Palace in an intimate, private service at the Palace chapel. Meghan's parents set to join her, could be Prince Harry's first meeting with Thomas Markle my @thesundaytimes exclusive pic.twitter.com/zFj0daSnDi— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 3, 2018
Even before her baptism, Markle was already well-versed in the Church's rules. In February, Welby said that her previous divorce from Trevor Engelson is "not a problem." (Markle and Engelson divorced in 2013, citing "irreconcilable differences.")
"We went through that as anyone would who will officiate at a wedding where someone has been separated and a partner is still living," Welby continued, per Sky News.
He also said he's "looking forward" to the big day in Windsor. "The wedding is going to be wonderful," Welby said.
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