Ahead of her May wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was recently baptized at St. James’s Palace in London.
Noting he could say “almost nothing at all” about the private ceremony, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury did tell ITV News the baptism “was very special. It was beautiful, sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege.”
Welby will also be officiating Prince Harry and Markle’s May 19 wedding. “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring,” he said, chuckling during the televised interview, released Friday. “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.”
Welby is a trusted palace officiant, having previously presided over the baptisms of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Markle has ticked off a number of boxes en route to joining the royal firm, including her first official joint engagement with the queen and the royal family on Monday. She and Duchess Kate wore matching navy heels for the occasion.
And on Wednesday, the queen issued a formal proclamation publicly consenting to the marriage between her “most dearly beloved grandson, Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales,” and his fiancée, “Rachel Meghan Markle.” (Markle’s legal first name is Rachel.)
Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, will marry at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The two announced their engagement in November 2017.