Meghan Markle Converted Ahead Of Wedding To Prince Harry, But She Didn’t Have To

March 8, 2018  |  
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Meghan Markle has made it official.

No, she hasn’t wed Prince Harry just yet (that’s not until May 19). However, she did get baptized into the Church of England earlier this week in preparation for her spring wedding.

According to Reuters, the 36-year-old was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a 45-minute ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London on Tuesday. Only a small group of people were present for the ceremony and the confirmation that followed (acceptance into the Anglican Church). That includes Harry, Prince Charles and wife Camilla. Markle’s father and mother, the latter with whom she shares a close-knit bond, were not present for the baptism. During the ceremony, water from the River Jordan was poured onto her head.

Per a report from CNN, it wasn’t required that Markle, who was brought up Protestant and went to Catholic school in Los Angeles, get baptized in order to marry Prince Harry. However, she said when their engagement was announced that she planned to convert. Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is the head of the Church of England, and through the confirmation, the actress can now enjoy Holy Communion with her husband-to-be.

As we’ve spoken about before, Markle has made quite a few sacrifices for love. She’s obviously moved to London, retired from acting and even shut down all her social media accounts and website among other things. However, she has said in the past that such sacrifices do not feel like a loss for her.
“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in November. “It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series. I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”

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