Tue, 13 Feb, 2018Georgia Dixon

The two royal tests Meghan Markle has to pass to marry Prince Harry

The two royal tests Meghan Markle has to pass to marry Prince Harry

Preparation is well and truly underway for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in May, and yesterday, the Palace released some exciting new details about the big day.

But before the happy couple can tie the knot, there’s still some important business to attend to. You see, Meghan (whose mother is Protestant and whose father is Episcopalian) cannot officially marry Harry until she has been baptised and confirmed as a member of the Church of England.

For her christening, Meghan can choose either to be immersed in a pool of water or have water poured over her head at the font, but reports suggest she will most likely choose the latter. The Duchess of Cambridge underwent a similar practice prior to marrying Prince William in 2011.

It is not required that a person wishing to marry in a church is christened or confirmed, but they will usually have some sort of link to that church. For Harry, St George’s Chapel, where he is set to wed, is where he was christened.

“The decision for Meghan to be baptised and confirmed before the wedding will be seen as a nod to the Queen’s strong faith and traditions within the monarchy,” The Mirror reports.

Meghan will reportedly spend the next month immersing herself in the traditions of the Church of England and her baptism will likely be a private affair with only a few people in attendance.