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Meghan Markle is baptised at a small ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service

Meghan Markle was baptised on Tuesday by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a small ceremony at the Chapel Royal.

According to an exclusive article published in the Daily Mail, Prince Harry was at his fiancé’s side during the 45-minute long service which was only attended by a handful of close relatives.

The only members of The Royal Family in attendance other than Prince Harry were the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, conducted the service using holy water from the River Jordan.

Being baptised is Meghan’s formal introduction to the Anglican faith.

Meghan does not need to be Anglican to marry but has decided to be baptised out of respect for The Queen who is the Head of the Church of England.

Both Meghan’s parents are Protestant, and Meghan was raised as such. She did attend the Catholic Immaculate Heart girls-only school in California and her first husband, Trevor Engelson is Jewish.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will also be officiating Harry and Meghan’s wedding, which takes place at Windsor Castle on 19 May.

The ceremony will be consistent with the guidelines of the General Synod, the Church of England’s legislative body, which agreed in 2002 to allow ”remarriage in church of divorced people whose former partners were still alive.”

Asked about his views on having the first mixed-race member of the royal family, the Archbishop said: “The wedding is going to be wonderful. I’m looking forward to it enormously.

“I think one of the places I started when I was writing [the Re-imagining Britain book] was the excitement of living in a much more diverse country than the one I grew up in 45, 50 years ago, and what a gift that can be rather than a threat.”

As announced by Kensington Palace earlier in the month, the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner will be in charge of conducting the marriage service at St George’s Chapel. The Archbishop of Canterbury will then officiate the service as the couple make their marriage vows.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Bayram

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