What will Prince Harry, Meghan Markle say their royal wedding vows?
Markle is a self-narrated feminist who has had her tracked with Prince Harry.
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When Markle and Harry wed on May 19 at St. George's Chapel, the question remains whether Markle would choose the Church of England's modernized vows that omit the word “obey.”
Markle, 36, a California native who was married once before, will follow centuries of British royal tradition by reciting vows by written by the Church of England
Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, dropped her when she said her vows to Harry's father, Prince Charles, in 1981.
The British royal family's next brides, Sarah Ferguson, in 1986, and Princess Sophie, in 1999, went back to saying the traditional wedding vows by the church to promising to “obey” their groom.
Markle's future sister-in-law, Princess Kate, followed in Diana's footsteps by omitting from Prince William during their 2011 wedding ceremony.
The traditional vows that include the word of the church from Anglican Book of Common Prayer, dating back to 1662.
In those vows, used by Queen Elizabeth in 1947, the groom promises “to love and cherish till death do us part” and the bride promises to “love, cherish and obey.”
In the modern vows, from the Common Worship book, introduced in 2000, the word “obey” is excluded:
“I, (bride / groom name), take you, (groom / bride name) to be my wife / husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer , in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death us do part. ”
Markle is now a member of the Church of England after being baptized and confirmed in March by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Welby was selected to perform the ceremony due to the “close bond” he developed with Markle, guiding him on the sacraments of the Church of England.
Markle was raised Episcopalian but attended a Catholic high school in Los Angeles She was not required to be baptized before her marriage to Harry but Kensington Palace announced she would do so after her engagement was announced last November.
Markle's advocacy for women
While making a name for herself as an actress, Markle worked on women's rights issues with organizations like World Vision, The Myna Women Foundation and One Young World.
She delivered a powerful speech on women's rights before leaders of the United Nations in 2015.
“It is not enough to talk about equality.” “It is not enough to just believe in it. One should work at it. Let us work at it, together, starting now.”
Markle may also Stand out on her own on her wedding day by giving a speech on her own reception to her friends and family and to the tribute to Harry and his family. She could have a chance to deliver two speeches.
Markle and Harry will celebrate their wedding at a reception at St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle after the ceremony, as well as a evening reception for close family and friends hosted by Prince Charles.
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