MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s wedding was overseen by bishop Michael Curry, the first black bishop of the Episcopal Church who has opened up about the extraordinary experience in a new book.
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s royal wedding set more than one new royal precedent. Not only did Meghan become the first woman of colour to join the British Royal Family but the ceremony was carried out by the Episcopal Church’s first black Bishop Michael Curry. The fairytale wedding captured the imaginations of a new generation of royal fans many of whom were delighted to see the monarchy enter a more diverse stage.
Mr Curry, 67, has written about the momentous occasion in his new book ‘Love is the Way.’
The bishop told PEOPLE magazine: “After I preached the sermon, I just remember it was like I could feel slaves around the place.”
He added: “I don’t mean to be spooky, but it was like their voice was somehow heard that day.
“I included one of their songs, ‘There is a Balm in Gilead.'”
Meghan Markle and Harry wedding bishop claims to have ‘heard slaves’ during ceremony (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Harry: Bishop Michael Curry gave a rousing sermon at the royal wedding (Image: GETTY)
He added: “It was like their voice, one of their songs, one of their descendants was there that day. The Queen was most gracious.
“The fact that all happened, for me, it’s a sign of hope.
“It’s a sign of hope that one who descends from people who were captured in the slave trade, probably the British slave trade, is brought from the shores of West Africa, to the shores of America.
“That one of their descendants was in the presence of the Queen of England, and he quoted one of their songs.”
Meghan Markle and Harry: To many fans the royal wedding signified a new era for the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
The bishop added: “That’s hope that we don’t have to be the way we’ve always been.”
Meghan and Harry tied the knot in St George’s Chapel Windsor on May 19, 2018.
At the time, their wedding seemed to signal a new era for the Royal Family.
However, less than two years after the special day Meghan and Harry decided to quit their royal roles.
The couple announced their wish to step back as senior royals in January and an agreement was quickly reached with the Queen.
Meghan and Harry have been based in the USA since March and are expected to remain there for the foreseeable future.
The couple settled into their new home in Montecito, California in July with their son Archie Harrison.
While the couple’s exit deal with the Queen is due to be reviewed next year, they have already begun to exercise more freedom of expression.
Meghan Markle and Harry: The Sussexes left royal life behind less than two years after their wedding (Image: GETTY)
Working members of the Royal Family are expected to remain politically neutral and in recent weeks Meghan has been vocal in encouraging her fellow Americans to vote in the upcoming election.
As a British citizen, Harry will be unable to cast a ballot in the November election but has shown support for his wife’s views.
Despite stepping away from the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry have kept the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles and HRH styles.
Whether or not the couple will be allowed to hold on to them in future will be decided by the Queen next March.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK