Meghan Markle is to be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England in the coming weeks, before her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry in May, the Sunday Times reports.
It is thought that the private ceremony will be held at Kensington Palace and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the soon-to-be Royal’s baptism and confirmation. The ceremony is due to take place sometime this month and reports say that both of Meghan’s parents will be in attendance to watch their daughter formally become a member of the Anglican Church.
It is assumed that this will be the first time Prince Harry meets his future father-in-law, Thomas Markle, who currently lives in Mexico. Harry has met Meghan’s mother, Doria, many times; Doria was spotted at the Invictus games with Meghan and Harry last year.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was confirmed shortly before her wedding to Prince William in 2011, too, while Peter Phillips’ wife, Autumn, converted from Catholicism in order to marry Princess Anne’s son.
Although it is not necessary for Meghan to become Anglican to marry into the Royal Family, it is thought she has taken the decision out of respect for Harry’s grandmother, The Queen, who is Head of the Church of England. Meghan is from a Protestant family, although she attended the Catholic all-girls Immaculate Heart School in California while she was growing up. In the US, however, it is much more common for non-Catholics to attend Catholic school than in the UK.
This week, Harry and Meghan released new details about their upcoming nuptials, including the fact that 2600 members of the public will be able to watch the wedding from inside the walls of Windsor Castle.
Kensington Palace have not yet made an official statement on Meghan’s baptism and confirmation, as it is considered to be a private occasion.