How do you command attention during a lengthy wedding service? Ask Michael Curry, the American clergyman who stole the show at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s May 19 wedding.
Officially known as the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, the Chicago-born Curry gave the address at the royal wedding, where his enthusiastic preaching style quickly drew notice from the royal family and people watching at home.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) May 19, 2018
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, give the address at their wedding : https://t.co/a14L7JGcAd #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/njqCaN55Gr
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2018
In contrast to the somewhat solemn style of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Curry gave an impassioned delivery that included references to slavery. His words drew amused reactions on social media, many of which noted wedding guests like Zara Tindall looking a bit alarmed.
I cannot believe there is a pastor talking about slave spirituals at a dang royal wedding. Hello 21st century!
— kateyrich (@kateyrich) May 19, 2018
This black Pastor is bringing so much sauce to the Royal Wedding
— Shaz (@Sharon_evi) May 19, 2018
Favourite facial expression during the American preachers sermon! pic.twitter.com/qDtYZoB629
— Suzie Harris (@SuzieSpeechie) May 19, 2018
Well that preacher just got his 30seconds… Urm 30 HOURS of fame. My word talk about repeating one's self we are enjoying his energy though and the uncomfortable shifting in the chairs that is happening among the royals #RoyalWedding
— GoodLuck Music (@Goodlucklive) May 19, 2018
— Aimee Ling (@AimeeLLing) May 19, 2018
This is hilariously awkward to watch, American pastor dude popping off at a royal wedding
— James Bardolph (@jamesbardolph) May 19, 2018
fave part of the royal wedding so far has been the pastor talking about slaves in a room full of the entire british monarchy
— Rose (@hiyarose) May 19, 2018
— # (@korontoz) May 19, 2018
I'm so glad I watched the royal wedding to see all these white colonisers look uncomfortable when the black pastor mentions slavery
— Amy McQuire (@amymcquire) May 19, 2018
— bares (@izytyl) May 19, 2018
Royal wedding has got me in stitches. The stifled smirks amongst our British snobs is hilarious. All hail this American pastor #royalwedding
— Emilie (@emilieawesome) May 19, 2018
Brb sobbing as this cool pastor from my hometown of Chicago quotes Dr. MLK Jr. At the royal wedding to a BEAUTIFUL mixed race couple I can’t believe I’m getting to watch this history happen!! #royalwedding
— Samantha Kubota (@samanthakubota) May 19, 2018
While he had plenty of fans, some felt Curry’s address was inappropriate for the occasion.
Geez, that Episcopal preacher is a little over the top for a royal wedding (he’d be great for a revival meeting)… The audience went from amusement to bewilderment; the royals didn’t look “amused”. .. It looked like Prince Philip was going to have a stroke. #RoyalWeddingTODAY https://t.co/v0vhIUpUru
— Dr WillP – A Conservative in Manhattan (@drwill_SuttonPl) May 19, 2018
From now on every pastor for a royal wedding is gonna have to have a prewritten sermon… there’s a time and a place to talk about slavery, a #royalwedding is not one.
— Sierra Isabelle (@sierraf20) May 19, 2018
my mums reaction to the American pastor at the royal wedding pic.twitter.com/eq1nsXsfXF
— Amy Flowers (@amyflow3rs) May 19, 2018
He may not have been every guest’s cup of tea, but running away with the royal wedding — and holding everyone’s attention — is no small feat.
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