The Royal Wedding Officiant Confesses His Concerns for the Ceremony

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, faces a lot of pressure as the wedding officiant

Updated 03/16/18

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As for any nuptials, the stakes are high for the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to run without a hitch. With all eyes on the bride and groom during the televised event, there's even more pressure to ensure that nothing goes awry, like Markle tripping on her gown's train or Harry accidentally messing up his vows. While royal wedding fans across the globe tune into the May 19 nuptials, it seems Markle and Harry won't be the only ones who have to worry about any embarrassing wedding day mishaps.

The wedding's officiant, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is apparently also a bundle of nerves prior to the widely anticipated ceremony.

Welby sat down with ITV News, and opened up about his high-stakes role as officiant for the royal wedding. "Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring," he joked. "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." Marrying two royals on camera is most likely no easy feat, but we're confident no royal wedding rings will get dropped here.

The 62-year-old archbishop has been getting to know the couple before their nuptials, which will hopefully also settle his pre-wedding jitters. "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 revealed of the future bride and groom. "You pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment."

Archbishop of Canterbury also recently helped Markle satisfy one of her criteria before marrying into the royal family—getting baptized into the Church of England, which Queen Elizabeth herself heads. The secret ceremony was reportedly held at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace, and Welby admitted that the sacrament was "beautiful, sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege." Welby also had the honor of baptizing Prince George and Princess Charlotte, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Kensington Palace revealed last month that Welby and David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, would marry the couple. This announcement also confirmed the official start time of the wedding—set your alarms for noon in the U.K., which is 7:00 a.m. EST across the pond. Following the ceremony, the pair will then parade around Windsor via horse drawn carriage (casual) before heading to their receptions (yes, plural).

Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding, which also aired on TV, garnered 23 million views just in the United States. There's no telling how many worldwide viewers will watch this royal wedding but, despite the massive audience, we feel confident that the bride, groom, AND the archbishop will enjoy a wonderfully perfect day.

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