The Archbishop of Canterbury says Meghan Markle’s divorce is something the Church of England has dealt with in the same way it would with any other couple.
Speaking as he prepares to officiate at Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in May, the Most Reverend Justin Welby was asked whether her previous marriage was an issue.
We went through that as anyone would who will officiate at a wedding where someone has been separated and a partner is still living.
The Church of England agreed in 2002 that divorced people could remarry in church, with the discretion of the priest.
Ms Markle married American film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011. They filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.
It was also confirmed that the service will begin at midday at St George’s Chapel with the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd David Conner, conducting the service.
Prince Harry and Ms Markle announced their engagement in November. A day later Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan, who identifies as Protestant, would be baptised and confirmed ahead of her wedding day.
I think one of the places I started when I was writing (the book) was the excitement of living in a much more diverse country than the one I grew up in 45, 50 years ago, and what a gift that can be rather than a threat.
Asked whether issues around representation still need to be addressed, he said: There are challenges to be overcome but that’s what makes life interesting.