In an interview with ITV, The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the ‘beautiful’ and ‘moving’ service he conducted to welcome Meghan Markle into the Church of England at her baptism.
Dr Welby was asked what he could say about the service. He replied: “Almost nothing at all.”
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“Except that it was very special. It was beautiful and sincere and very moving,” Justin Welby, told ITV News on Friday; as we reported, the event took place on 6th March at St James’s Palace, in the Chapel Royal.
He also described it as ‘a great privilege’ to conduct the ceremony; Prince Harry was present, as were Prince Charles and Camilla
The Archbishop is also to officiate Prince Harry and Meghan’s vows in May, but the Dean of Windsor will carry out the service.
Speaking of this important job, he joked: “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring.”
He also spoke of another mistake he has made at a wedding previously: “And 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!”
Clearly Justin Welby has gotten to know the couple well in the run up to their wedding and praised their relationship. “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 said.
“You pray for them to have the strength to fulfil their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honours their commitment.”
He has also previously said that Meghan’s divorced status is a non-issue for the Church.