Meghan Markle officially an Anglican now

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Meghan Markle, American actress and fiancée of Britain’s Prince Harry was baptized and confirmed earlier this week at St James Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

Chapel Royal at St James Palace, London

The service was not announced beforehand and was a private family affair, according to the Daily Mail.  Queen Elizabeth was not present according to that report, though Harry’s father, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were.

 

When asked for a statement, Prince Harry’s spokesperson said they weren’t offering any comments on the service.

 

The Royal-couple-to-be’s wedding is scheduled for May 19 at Windsor Castle, with the exchange of vows to be presided over by Archbishop Welby, though the Dean of Windsor, Bishop David John Conner, will be leading the service overall.

 

In Britain, the couple are very popular, and many spectators turned out this week as they visited Birmingham Thursday as part of their pre-wedding tour of Great Britain.

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Daphne Cover
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Daphne Cover

From the cursory search I was able to do, It appears that Meghan's father is Episcopalian (therefore a member of the worldwide Anglican communion) and her mother was just referred to as "Protestant". Meghan attended a Catholic school and was formerly married to a Jewish man, and reportedly considered herself a "Protestant". Just because she was recently baptized and confirmed in the Anglican church does not mean she was not Christian before. There are Christian denominations which do not baptize their members. There are other Christian families which never bother themselves with having their children baptized (for whatever reason).

Regardless, it is nice that Ms. Markle and her husband-to-be will share the same religion and practice it together. While not essential to a successful marriage, in this case, considering the family she is marrying into- I am sure it will make things much simpler.

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Professor Christopher Seitz
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Professor Christopher Seitz

Thank you. These facts are in the record and generally known.

It does not sound, however, like Ms Markle was a "practicing Protestant Christian" in the sort of church that doesn't consider baptism crucial (Baptists of course don't hold that view but its opposite; hence the need to be sure of one's-- typically adult--commitment).

And if Ms Markle was a practicing Protestant Christian, then she already "shared the same religion" as Harry. It sounds instead like a non-baptized person decided to become a baptized Christian in the Anglican Communion, and be confirmed as well. Or one hopes so. Anglicans do not re-baptise people. There are certain pentecostals who do not baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, but again no one has said she was one of them.

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Rick Britton
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Rick Britton

For some evangelism means marrying royalty.

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Gwen Palmer
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Gwen Palmer

I've tried, but I can't figure out what this means. Could you elaborate?

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Irene Lawrence
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Irene Lawrence

The MSN reporting was even worse: Meghan Markle was baptized "into the Anglican church" in a "secret" ceremony.

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Professor Christopher Seitz
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Professor Christopher Seitz

MM. Agree the language is very strange. It makes it sound like a previously baptised non Anglican became Anglican via a baptism. Apparently (one hopes) the baptism was a first, making her a Christian in any and all Christan Churches. She became, in addition, an adult confirmand in the Church of England. Royal Excitement is great, I guess. But the CofE doesn't rebaptise people so they can be Anglicans.

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Michael Merriman
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Michael Merriman

Baptism and Confirmation made her an Anglican? I believe those sacraments made her officially a Christian, member of the Body of Christ. So perhaps you might have said "Anglican Christian."

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