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How the Archbishop of Canterbury Is Preparing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

At the top of his list? Not dropping the ring.
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Come May 19, all eyes will be on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they commit their lives to one another. But they won't be the only ones up at the front of St. George's Chapel; the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be there as well, officiating the vows. And in a new interview with ITV, he has shared how he's preparing for his role in the upcoming royal wedding.

"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," he joked.

"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 through Jesus Christ," he continued. "You pray for them to have the strength for them to fulfill their vows, and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment."

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Welby has helped Markle and Prince Harry throughout their marriage preparation process. He baptized the bride-to-be in early March, calling the ceremony "beautiful, sincere, and very moving," and he's assisted Markle in navigating the church's process for brides who have been married once before. (Markle divorced from her first husband Trevor Engelson in 2003 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 said. "It's not a problem."

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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