Markle and Harry’s wedding was marked by a sermon by the Episcopal priest Bishop Michael Curry, who, according to royal tradition, was not a member of the Church of England.
According to royal protocol, only British priests and senior members of the Church of England are invited to speak at royal weddings.
Markle and Harry’s officiant Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, gave Curry his blessing via social media, calling him “a brilliant preacher, astonishing preacher, and one with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”
During his sermon, Curry caused a stir on Twitter with his focus on civil rights and explicit references to the Black experience. He spoke of the “power of love to change the world”, recited lines from an African American spiritual, and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to turn this old world into a new world. Love is the only way.”