Prince Harry better watch out, because he is about to meet Meghan Markle's father for the very first time. Meghan, who was raised Protestant, attended a Catholic school and was once married to a Jewish man, will be baptized and confirmed as an Anglican according to The Times.
And what's more, the ceremony will be attended by none other than Meghan's father, Thomas Markle. A source told E! News that in addition to Thomas Markle, Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, will also be flying in this week to join her daughter for the ceremony. Thomas will travel to England for the event, which will be the first time he will meet his future son-in-law in person.
Although bride-to-be does not have to be Anglican to marry the prince, it has been reported that Meghan chose to do so as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth’s role as head of the Church of England.
And while this will be the first time Meghan's dad is meeting Prince Harry, Meghan's mother Dorian has met the handsome Prince on a number of occasions in the past. In fact, they were photographed with Meghan at the closing ceremony of Invictus Games in Toronto in September.
Meghan's parents might be divorced, but the duo is extremely happy and excited about their daughter's upcoming nuptials. As soon as Meghan and Harry announced their engagement to the world, Thomas and Dorian released a joint statement congratulating their daughter and son-in-law-to-be.
"We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents," Thomas and Ragland said at the time. "We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together."
Moreover, there has been a lot of chatter about who will walk the royal bride down the aisle. And if sources are to be believed, Meghan wants her mother to do the deed. "I've heard that Meghan wants her mother to walk her down the aisle, which would be a sweet moment," an insider said.
However, now that her father is into the picture, speculations suggest that Thomas will be the one walking his daughter down the aisle. "Meghan asked her father to walk her down the aisle," another source told Entertainment Tonight. "She does want him included and she wants to uphold tradition."
As for Meghan's baptism, the traditional ceremony will be performed by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will also officiate the royal wedding on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. And according to him, Meghan being a divorcee will not raise any problems for the royal couple in the future.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said last month that the Church of England has “dealt with” Markle’s previous divorce. "It's not a problem," Welby said about Meghan’s divorce. "The Church of England has clear rules with dealing with that and we've dealt with that. We went through that as anyone would who will officiate at a wedding where someone has been separated and a partner is still living."
Recently, the Royal couple also decided to invite 2,640 people to stand on the ground of Windsor Castle to watch the carriage procession.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations, too," the palace said in a statement.
"This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom," the statement added.
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