Before she says "I do," Meghan Markle will be going through another sacred religious ceremony


By Diana Pearl
November 28, 2017 01:48 PM

Before she says “I do,” Meghan Markle will be going through another sacred religious ceremony: a baptism.

According to Kensington Palace, Meghan will be baptized into the Church of England before her wedding to Prince Harry. The move is a significant nod to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth‘s role as head of the Church of England.

There has been speculation about Meghan’s religious background in the past. Although she attended a Catholic high school, she was not raised Catholic: Her father is an Episcopalian — which is essentially the Church of England in the United States — and her mother is a Protestant. Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s Communications Secretary, confirmed that Meghan will be “baptized and confirmed” into the Church of England ahead of her wedding.

She’s following a precedent set by Kate Middleton: Although Kate had already been baptized, she was confirmed weeks prior to her April 2011 wedding to Prince William in a private service. Since Meghan hasn’t been baptized in the Church of England, she’ll go through both rituals ahead of her wedding ceremony.

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But does this mean that Meghan will be submerged into an inflatable pool at a church? According to the Church of England’s website, maybe!

“In the Church of England this may involve water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water,” the website says of adult baptisms. “However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy.”

It’s just one joyful occasion in what’s sure to be a string of special events for Meghan and Harry over the next few months.