Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aren’t the only ones to likely feel the pressures of the spotlight especially with a wedding to look forward to in the months ahead. The couple’s wedding officiant, Justin Welby, who just so happens to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressed his pre-wedding jitters this week in a new interview.
The church leader spoke to ITV on Friday, May 16, about his lingering fears over the televised spectacle, which includes a recurring nightmare over dropping the rings. (It’s happened once before.) “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring,” he said. “I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings.”
International fanfare aside, he joked: “I’m really trying not to think of that too much.”
Instead, Welby is being especially attentive to the bride and groom, especially with Markle’s recent entrance into the Church of England with her private baptism ceremony. The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Welby described the intimate occasion as “beautiful, sincere and very moving.” The archbishop, who’s also baptized Prince George and Princess Charlotte, said it was “a great privilege.”
Welby will not be alone in marrying the couple. The service itself will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt Rev. David Connor.
“You focus on the couple. It’s their day,” Welby noted. “At the heart of it are two people who have fallen in love with each other who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts in the presence of God… You pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows, and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment.”
Just this past week, Queen Elizabeth II gave her official consent to the couple to marry. They will exchange vows on May 19, at her part-time home of Windsor Castle.