Meghan Markle to be baptised this month

Meghan Markle has chosen to be baptised in the Anglican faith by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Meghan Markle has chosen to be baptised in the Anglican faith by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church, is expected to baptise Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle ahead of the couple's wedding in May, The Sunday Times reports.

A private baptism of Markle, who was raised a Protestant but attended a Catholic school, is expected to take place this month, possibly this week, in a chapel at Kensington Palace, the couple's residence in London, the newspaper said.

Markle has asked the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who, according to an unidentified source, is "close to the couple" to perform the baptism service.

Welby will officiate at the wedding of Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.

The Times quoted its source as saying the couple had been "doing wedding prep" with Welby.

It added that the baptism was believed to be Markle's own choice and was not a requirement of her royal marriage.

Welby told Sky News last month that the Church of England had already "dealt with" the issue of Markle's divorce from her previous husband.

Australian Associated Press