As the wedding countdown truly starts to take off, followers of the royals are hanging onto every single detail they can get their hands on.
The royal couple has tried to be as inclusive as they can be — within reason — including sharing the route their procession will take so more people can line the streets and participate.
But even for those who can’t cross the pond to be part of the auspicious event, there are new details out from the very man who will be officiating the ceremony.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, shared some words about the preparations and his concerns about the upcoming nuptials.
But his concerns probably aren’t what you’re guessing. They’re incredibly more down-to-Earth and endearing.
When asked what he was doing to prepare for the wedding, he answered without skipping a beat: “Unlike recent weddings I must not drop the ring.”
He continued right on, not done with his self-deprication just yet. “And 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.”
Despite these terribly understandable worries, Welby had some words of wisdom to share on the institution of marriage as a whole.
“You know, at the heart of it, is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God.”
While not everyone has the pleasure of exchanging their vows in front of the crowd Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will, the Archbishop hits on the foundations that make up a marriage.
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“Through Jesus Christ you pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment.”
When asked about his involvement in Markle’s recent baptism and asked what he could share, he was quite tight-lipped.
With a sparkle in his eye, he retorted “Almost nothing at all! Except it was very special.”
“It was beautiful, sincere, and very moving. It was a great privilege.”
With the wedding set for May 19, only two short months away, the planning is at a fever pitch to pull off the event just right.
It seems that other than a few little reminders to himself, the Archbishop is ready and looking forward to performing the ceremony for these two royal lovebirds.
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