One more check off the old to-do list! Besides choosing a wedding dress, wedding cake, and finessing the guest list, royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle had one other task on her checklist that made it unlike that of most other brides. Before marrying her fiancé, Prince Harry, she had to be baptized into the Church of England, of which her future grandmother-in-law is the head. (We're just going to assume that one isn't on your list of to-dos.) But with recent reports stating that the American actress has just been baptized in an ultraprivate ceremony held in St. James's Palace, this can officially be moved into Markle's "done" column. Here's what went down at the secret ceremony.
Shortly after Prince Harry and Markle's engagement was announced, it was also revealed that the bride-to-be, who was raised Protestant and attended Catholic high school, would be both baptized and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of the royal wedding. Similarly, although already baptized in her youth, just weeks ahead of her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Kate Middleton was also confirmed into the Church of England. Although Markle technically didn't have to convert (members of the royal family have been allowed to marry those of other religions since 2013, according to Vogue), both she and Middleton found time to sneak in those pre-wedding sacraments out of respect for the queen, who proudly heads the Church of England.
According to The Daily Mail, the ceremony took place in London this week, with the private religious affair being held at the Chapel Royal within St. James's Palace—the same chapel where little Prince George was also baptized! Prince Harry was of course by his bride's side, and Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Wales, are also believed to have attended. But despite previous reports that both Markle's mother and father would attend the ceremony—making it the first face-to-face meeting between Markle's father and Prince Harry—neither of the bride's parents were able to make the trip.
Holy water from the River Jordan was poured on Markle's head during the baptism (that presumably destroyed her messy bun), and that was immediately followed by her confirmation in the 45-minute service that was reportedly led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Now all there's left to do is to say "I do"! (And mail out those wedding invitations...)