It was a "great privilege" for the Archbishop of Canterbury to oversee the baptism of Meghan Markle into the Church of England, and he remembers it being a "very moving" ceremony, he has said.
The baptism was held at the St. James' Palace in London, and was attended by Markle's fiancé, Prince Harry, according to the Daily Mail. The visible love shared by Prince Harry and Markle made the baptism "very special, beautiful and sincere," Archbishop Welby said.
The 45-minute baptism service was held on March 6, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance. It was an important step for Markle to be introduced to the Anglican faith, and her doing so was a sign of respect to her future grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.
While the baptism went off without a hitch, Archbishop Welby told ITV News that Prince Harry and Markle's wedding on May 19 would hopefully be the same. He joked that he must "not drop the ring" at their wedding at Windsor Castle, and he is making sure that he gets "the vows in the right order."
The royal wedding service will be conducted by David Connor, the Dean of Windsor with the Archbishop presiding as Prince Harry and Markle make their vows. All jokes aside, the Archbishop said he was honored to take part in the couple's big day, and he was happy that they were prioritizing faith in their relationship.
"At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who have committed their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God, through Jesus Christ," said Welby. "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."