In advance of her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle is joining the Church of England. The Sunday Times reports that her christening will be held in a chapel at Kensington Palace sometime in March, and that her parents will join her for the ceremony.
Markle, who was raised Protestant and attended Catholic school as a child, will be both baptized and confirmed by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, reports Roya Nikkhah, royal correspondent for the Times.
#MeghanMarkle will be baptised & confirmed by @JustinWelby at Kensington Palace in an intimate, private service at the Palace chapel. Meghan's parents set to join her, could be Prince Harry's first meeting with Thomas Markle my @thesundaytimes exclusive pic.twitter.com/zFj0daSnDi- Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 3, 2018
This could mark the first time Prince Harry meets his bride-to-be's father face-to-face. During the couple's first sit-down interview with the BBC following the announcement of their engagement, Markle shared that Harry had "talked to my dad a few times, hasn't been able to meet him just yet."
While she hasn't formally joined the church yet, Markle is already well-versed in its rules. In February, Welby said that her previous divorce from Trevor Engelson is "not a problem." (Markle and Engelson divorced in 2013, citing "irreconcilable differences.")
"We went through that as anyone would who will officiate at a wedding where someone has been separated and a partner is still living," Welby continued, per Sky News.
He also said he's "looking forward" to the big day in Windsor. "The wedding is going to be wonderful," Welby said.
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