It’s official! Meghan Markle has been baptized into the Church of England ahead of her May nuptials.
It was a private ceremony, far from the prying eyes of the public — a rare moment out of the limelight for Meghan Markle and her royal fiancé.
For weeks, there’d been rumours that the American actress would convert from Catholicism to the Anglican faith ahead of her May 19 wedding in Windsor. Now, it’s official.
According to the Daily Mail‘s Richard Kay, Meghan has been both baptized and confirmed at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. The former Suits star was officially welcomed into the fold of the Church of England in a secret service that was conducted by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The 45-minute ceremony on March 6 was attended by Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Neither Prince William or the Queen were present — nor were Meghan’s divorced parents: mother, Doria Ragland, and father, Thomas Markle.
The baptism acts as Meghan’s formal introduction into the Anglican faith. While it wasn’t mandatory for her to convert religion in order to marry into the royal family, Meghan is said to have made the decision on her own to honour the Queen’s role as head of the Church of England.
In keeping with tradition, Meghan had two sponsors on hand to witness the ceremony. It’s believed that at least one supporter was a close female friend.