28 November 2017

UK: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding month set

Only one day after the engagement between Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle was announced, Kensington Palace could reveal that the wedding is going to take place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

The press release also said that the royal family would pay for the wedding. More details to follow in due course.

St. George's Chapel is, among others, where the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall received their blessings after their civil marriage, and where Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999. The christening of Prince Harry also took place in the chapel on 21 December 1984.

Kensington Palace also informed today that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle would undertake their first official engagements together in Nottingham firstcoming Friday, 1 December. They are going to visit a Terrence Higgins Trust charity fair where they will meet representatives of organisations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. They will also speak to staff and mentors at Nottingham Academy «about the Full Effect programme which is helping prevent young people from turning to violence and crime».

The Telegraph, on the other hand, writes that «Ms Markle, a protestant who went to a Catholic high school, will be both baptised and confirmed ready for the religious ceremony. She also intends to become a British citizen.» The New York Times follows up by telling that «Ms. Markle, a Protestant, was not baptized as a child. She attended a Catholic girls’ school in Los Angeles.» But if she was not baptized as a child, but still referred to as a protestant, one could easily wonder what kind of protestant church her family, or parts thereof, belongs to, and what kind of relationship she has had with it. I suppose more information will appear in due course.

Postscript 29 November 2017 at 21.00: Daily Mail, and surely other newspapers as well, writes today that «Miss Markle, whose father is an Episcopalian, will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England before the wedding». No word on Meghan's mother's church affilation, if any. I should add that QVD author Marlene Koenig wrote already in August that Thomas Markle was an Episcopalian.

Updated on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 20.10 (paragraph about baptism and citizenship added), last time on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 21.00 (postscript added).

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