Before she heads to St. George’s Chapel to say "I do," Meghan Markle needs to make a little pre-wedding pit stop at the church. No, not for wedding planning to-do’s. (Don’t princesses- and duchesses-to-be usually have people for that?) This bride needs to be baptized! Before marrying Prince Harry, Meghan Markle actually needs to be baptized in the Church of England, which her soon-to-be grandmother-in-law, the queen of England, heads.
Just days ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their royal engagement. And after the world’s royal freak-out, more details of these upcoming nuptials have emerged.
Yesterday, Kensington Palace issued a statement reading, "The marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. Her Majesty the Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel." But ahead of that May day, Markle first needs to be both baptized and confirmed in the Church of England before being allowed to marry in it.
According to the U.K.’s The Mirror, Markle’s impending baptism is due to "the Queen’s strong faith and traditions within the monarchy," and will take place in the same chapel as the wedding—which just so happens to also be the place where her future groom was christened as a child. People also reports that Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communications secretary, confirmed the news that Markle will be undergoing the church’s sacraments ahead of her wedding.
Similarly, although already baptized in her youth, the Duchess of Cambridge also had to sneak in a quick sacrament before she wed Prince William back in 2011. Just weeks ahead of her wedding, Kate Middleton was confirmed into the Church of England.
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So what will Markle—a member of the Protestant faith who was raised as a Christian—have to do exactly? According to the Church of England’s website, the ceremony could consist of "water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water. However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy."
Sounds like there are several celebrations ahead for this couple leading up to the big day. And with only seven months to have them, these two better get a royal move on!