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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Priscilla Owens
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Priscilla Owens

I would like to add that many Protestant denominations do not baptize unless the parents of a child request baptism or an adult requests to be baptized.In the Episcopal Church in the US, one has to have been baptized before one can be married in the Church or confirmed in or received by the Church.Baptism in another Christian Church is accepted into the Episcopal Church.

The article does not state that Ms. Markle had or had not been baptized in any Church, but it implies that she had not ever been baptized.One cannot be re-baptized. What officially makes Ms. Markle a member of the Anglican Church (or the Church of England) is her confirmation. Ms. Markle could have been a baptized member of another denomination, but to be married in the Church, Ms. Markle had to be confirmed in the Church of England.

I am a lifelong Episcopalian (confirmed as a child) and a retired Parish Administrator after 30 years, having served two large Episcopal parishes and a large Greek Orthodox.

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Ronald Fox, BSG
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Ronald Fox, BSG

While some of the reporting is strange, Meghan Markle had in fact never been baptized. So Fr Jon White's story is accurate.

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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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