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Meghan Markle to be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury

She will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Ahead of her nuptials in May, Meghan Markle will be baptised and confirmed as an Anglican.

First reported in the Sunday Times, a small ceremony will take place at Kensington Palace with the Archbishop of Canterbury presiding.

The ceremony will be held later this month with both Meghan’s parents in attendance. Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, will travel from Mexico where he lives. As of this point, it is assumed this is the first time Prince Harry will meet his future father-in-law.

Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, will be coming from California and had met her soon-to-be son-in-law many times, including that of the Invictus Games where she celebrated the closing of the 2018 games in Toronto in a private box with the couple and their close friends.

Meghan does not need to be Anglican to marry but has decided to be baptised in respect of Queen Elizabeth 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.

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan announced new details of their wedding including those who will be invited to watch the wedding up close from inside the castle walls.

In a statement, the Palace said: “This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom.”

The 2,640 people that will receive invites will be made up of  1,200 members of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom. These people will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices.

Harry & Meghan have asked that those selected are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have served their communities and have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

200 people from a range of charities and organisations are also invited. These will be representatives from charities which Prince Harry and Meghan have a close association with, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.

It is likely that people who work with charities such as Heads Together and the Invictus Games will be on the guest list.

100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George’s School, Windsor Castle, will be invited.

Also attending are 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George’s Chapel community.

Last to make up the numbers will be 530 members of staff The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

Additional reporting by Charlie Proctor

 

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