An African American Bishop Will Give The Address At The Royal Wedding
It's a major break from tradition and one we love.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked an African American bishop to give the address at the royal wedding on May 19 and we're rejoicing. Kensington Palace confirmed via Twitter and Instagram that the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, will be part of the big day at Windsor Castle.
"The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Curry, the church's presiding bishop, said in a statement. "And so we celebrate and pray for them today."
The statement from the Palace confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, to give the address at their wedding. Bishop Michael Curry is the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church.
"Presiding Bishop Curry, from Chicago Illinois, will travel to Windsor to take part in the Service. He will join The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner, who will conduct the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows," the statement read.
In an official statement of his own, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry said that it was love that had brought the pair together - and that love originated with God.
"The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today," he said.
Opting for an African American to fill this role is a daring break from tradition. And one that has been applauded widely. The Archbishop of Canterbury took to Twitter to express his delight.
"I'm thrilled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked Bishop Michael Curry to preach at their wedding," he wrote. He went on to say that Bishop Michael Curry was a 'brilliant pastor' and a 'stunning preacher'.
Bishop Curry is highly regarded within the religious community despite being something of a renegade. He has long spoken out on caring for minorities of all kind and is and has always been steadfastly socially progressive. A child of Black activists with a history of slavery, he is also pro-marriage equality and supportive of the LGBT community in general.
It's a small step but a significantly important one. His role at the wedding will be just one more step towards modernising Britain and the Royal Family itself. Perhaps Meghan, who is biracial (her mother is of Puerto Rican and Black American heritage and her father Irish American) and Harry will be the change we all want to see.