Meghan Markle is set to be baptised before the Royal Wedding – here’s why

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will wed at St George's Chapel, contained within the vast grounds of Windsor Castle in May. But is she baptised and what has the church said about the divorcee remarrying? What religion is Meghan Markle? Is she Protestant? Meghan, like her yoga-instructor mum, Doria Ragland, is a Protestant. But her father Thomas is a member of the Episcopal Church of the United States and is an Episcopalian, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Meghan, who divorced film producer Trevor Engelson in 2013, will be allowed to marry in a church after the Archbishop of Canterbury gave the couple his blessing. Kensington Palace sources said Meghan and Prince Harry will have a full church wedding and not a civil ceremony following by a blessing, like divorcees Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Will Meghan Markle be baptised and confirmed? The American actress will be making a lot of changes as she prepares to marry Prince Harry, and it’s not just leaving her TV show Suits after seven years. It has been revealed that Meghan will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England “in due course”. This isn’t unusual as Kate Middleton was also confirmed before marrying Prince William in 2011, although the Duchess was baptised as a baby. The Sunday Times reported that Meghan is set to be baptised and confirmed as an Anglican by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Kensington Palace. Meghan is thought to be formally embracing the faith in a private service expected to take place in March at the Palace's 19th century chapel. Prince Harry’s fiancé did not need to become an Anglican to marry him in a church however she is understood to have chosen to do so out of respect for the Queen’s role as head of the Church of England. Harry was christened in St George's chapel in 1984 at three months old. According to Church of England rules, that means he can wed there. Meghan being baptised and confirmed will be Continue Reading

Prince Harry Joins Prince Charles’ Coral Reef Meeting Without Fiancée Meghan Markle

Prince Harry joined his father, Prince Charles, in his recent royal engagement. Prince Charles hosted a meeting in London to improve the coral reef health as 2018 is the International Year of the Reef. Clarence Palace shared a snap of the Prince of Wales and Meghan Markle's fiancé at the event. According to The Telegraph, Princes Charles delivered a speech about saving the coral reefs. He also wished to raise awareness of the cause for the new generation. Prince Harry was there to support his father and learn more about coral reefs. "HRH was joined by Prince Harry, who wanted to find out more about the work being done to protect coral reefs from threats including climate change and pollution," Clarence House announced. In December, the father and son appeared on Radio 4's "Today" program where Prince Charles admitted that his concern for the environment "probably bored you [Prince Harry] to tears for so many years." But the Prince of Wales was "very proud" and had "enormous optimism" that Markle's husband-to-be had been listening and would strive to help. Prince Harry shares Prince Charles' passion for nature and the environment. In fact, the Duke is expected to pick up the baton for the environmental campaign from his father. The 33-year-old royal will be an effective advocate for the new generation. In related news, Prince Harry and Markle visited Edinburg Castle in Scotland on Tuesday. The couple was welcomed by the crowd warmly. Those who traveled to meet the Duke and the "Horrible Bosses" star were very pleased and happy that they did. "We've come up from Durham to see them, this is the nearest place for us, but it's been worth it," said Ryan Davey, 32, who took his 6-year-old daughter Hannah to see the prince and princess in waiting. "Just love this couple they don't rush they take the time to stop and shake hands and talk to the crowd that has waited ages to see them," Mo's Sweet Delights wrote. "That's what so great and different about these 2 Continue Reading

Prince Charles and Camilla kick off Asia tour in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, were welcomed to Singapore on Tuesday, the first stop of an 11-day trip to strengthen ties between Britain and Asian countries. They received a ceremonial welcome on their arrival to the Southeast Asian island nation, a former British colony where they were to have an orchid named after them and attend several community events. Charles, the heir to the British throne, last visited Singapore in 1979. "It is a matter of great pride that as Singapore has flourished over the decades, so has her friendship with the United Kingdom," Charles said at a state banquet hosted by Singapore President Halimah Yacob. Charles also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, which honors soldiers who died during World Wars I and II. A handwritten card left by the prince read: "In grateful remembrance of your service and sacrifice — Charles." Singapore was a valuable trading port still under British rule when Japanese troops moved swiftly down the Malay Peninsula in early 1942. Thousands of soldiers from countries such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand were killed in the fighting and on Feb. 15, 1942, British Lt.-Gen. Arthur Ernest Percival surrendered Singapore and hostilities ceased. Though the British returned after the war, locals pushed for self-rule and Singapore gained independence in 1965. "We have prospered together," Charles said at the state banquet. "We have suffered together too." He added: "Today, ours is a close partnership of equals, underpinned by our shared history." Singapore's president noted that the 40,000-strong British community is the largest in Southeast Asia."They have become an integral part of the Singapore story with their many contributions. Our two countries enjoy a natural affinity due to our common history," she said.The royal couple leaves for Malaysia on Thursday. They'll cap off their Asia Continue Reading

Fort Greene’s Epiphanny Prince has taken long and troubled road to come back home with Liberty

Day burns into night as LaShawn Doyle, dressed in a tie-dye dashiki, hurries past a gray bulldog, three shirtless men and a “DO NOT ENTER” sign at the corner of Park Ave. and St. Edward’s St. in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The heat index is nearing 100 outside the Ingersoll Houses; denizens duck the sun. One bare-chested man divvies up marijuana into dime bags spread on his lap outside an 11-story building, and Doyle, a community organizer, reminds passersby of an open run at the gym two blocks away. His momentary mission is to preach about the greatest female he ever saw take the court in the projects. Her name is Epiphanny Prince, an inventive scorer and four-time city champion. Doyle knocks at the door of 3H, her old unit. A woman answers. Two dogs scurry out into the hallway. Doyle introduces himself. “Did you know that Epiphanny Prince lived here?” he says. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. The woman, confused, calls for her daughter. They are not aware of Prince. “Epiphanny was the first woman to score 113 points in a game,” he says. Both women say, “Wow.” “She’s in the WNBA now,” Doyle says. “Oh yeah?” the mother says. “I just wanted you to know you have a place of history!” he says. Pieces of Prince, the Liberty point guard, dot the city. The No. 10 jersey she wore across the Manhattan Bridge at Murry Bergtraum is encased in glass, her controversial 113-point effort for the Blazers commemorated on a plaque at the school. Her playground exploits still echo across a forgotten section of the city, passed on by oral historians. The ongoing game of Around the World that she plays — from Kursk, a small Russian town, to the Garden, where she carries the torch of talented point guards with the Liberty — offers little down time. Streetball legend Ed (Booger) Smith, a cautionary tale with a Continue Reading

Kate Middleton in labor: Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William prepare to welcome royal baby

The British royal family is on the verge of expanding. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has gone into labor and been rushed to a London hospital with Prince William ahead of what may be one of the most anticipated births in world history. It's now been more than 12 hours since the Duchess arrived at St. Mary's Hospital just before 6 a.m. GMT, according to Buckingham Palace and reporters who have been stationed outside for days in anticipation. As soon as the royal bundle of joy makes his or her debut, the infant will instantly become the third in line to the throne — behind only grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William. A royal aide told Us Weekly, "Things are progressing normally," with a second source claiming that the Duchess went into labor naturally.  Though Kate’s due date was shrouded in secrecy, throngs of journalists and royal watchers camped out in front of the hospital's private Lindo Wing to await an official birth announcement from Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth II was seen arriving around 2:30 p.m. GMT to immense excitement from the hundreds already packed outside the gates.  Sight of the Queen, photographed expressionless inside her vehicle, produced some excited cries of "the Queen!" from those gathered outside. The baby is to be delivered in the posh Lindo Wing of the same hospital where Princess Diana had William in 1982 and his brother Harry two years later — where the private birthing suites cost $1,500 a day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly don’t know the gender of their child any more than the rest of the world. Though the due date was never disclosed, many estimated that it was on or around July 13, so Kate was overdue. Prince Charles, caught by a reporter with SKY News while in York, said he himself knows “absolutely nothing at the moment” on news of his future grandchild. He later told Continue Reading

Prince William, Kate undeterred by Quebec protests as first overseas trip continues

QUEBEC CITY - Prince William and Kate thrilled hundreds of adoring fans with an unscheduled walkabout Sunday in a city that was the site of the key British victory in the conquest of the French - a historical event not forgotten by French-speaking separatists protesting nearby. The newlyweds were on the fourth day of a nine-day trip to Canada, part of their first official overseas trip since their April 29 wedding. The visit hit a nerve among French-speaking separatists. Prince William and Kate had a private lunch at the Citadelle, a fortified residence where the British flag was raised at the end of the pivotal 1759 Battle of Quebec, when British forces defeated the French to seal the conquest of New France. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, encountered small but vocal protests for the second straight day during their visit to predominantly French-speaking Quebec, following protests in Montreal. "What they've seen in Quebec, in Montreal the last two days is, for them, just part of the rich fabric of Canada and in no way detracts from how much they respect and admire the country," said the couple's spokesman, Miguel Head. He added that the couple have been impressed by the welcome they've received. "They've very much fallen in love with the country," Miguel said. The jeers contrasted with the start of the royal couple's Canadian trip in the largely English-speaking capital, Ottawa, where they were cheered by tens of thousands of people on Friday's Canada Day holiday. Quebec separatists are angry that Canada still has ties to the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is still the country's head of state. Police were out in force in downtown Quebec City. About 200 protesters, some wearing black and waving flags, demonstrated about two blocks from City Hall, where Prince William, a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, attended a ceremony to honor and inspect the Royal 22e Regiment, the most famous French-speaking unit in the Canadian Continue Reading

Good morning, America! CBS, ABC and NBC race to cover Prince William and Kate Middleton engagement

When the news broke Tuesday morning that Britain's Prince William would marry Kate Middleton next year, CBS' "The Early Show" news anchor Erica Hill emailed her producer to say she would be ready to go to the wedding. Little did Hill know she'd be on a plane Tuesday night to co-anchor Wednesday's edition of the breakfast show from outside Buckingham Palace. "It's a story we know our viewers are interested in," Hill told the Daily News before heading to London. "And one I'm interested in as a journalist." She won't be alone on the assignment, either. NBC's Natalie Morales is scheduled to be there for the "Today" show, and "Good Morning America" will have Bianna Golodryga over there working the story. "It certainly ranks up there in the chain of nice news in the morning," says "GMA" senior executive producer Jim Murphy. "For better or worse, Americans have a bit of a fascination for the modern royal family, especially the last two generations." Part of the appeal, says Murphy, is that folks have watched Prince William grow up, from sitting on his mother's lap at Disney World to leading the procession in his mother's funeral. Hill says talk of the wedding inevitably returns to the nuptials of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, an international event. "It's just a really good story. Great history here, great pageantry and a nice piece of news amid a lot of gloom," Murphy says. "It's happy, it's hopeful. The characters are young and attractive," says Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC's "Today." "It's a ray of light and good news in a currency of tough times. It's something to look forward to."The cable news networks were all over the royals story Tuesday and will continue to feature it. NBC has put together a "Dateline" on it for Wednesday, and Tuesday night ABC's "Nightline" did the story.The wedding may be ideal for morning shows, however, because of their extended time and their focus on women's issues in their later Continue Reading

The state of boxing: Where have all the heavyweights gone?

There is no question that the sport of boxing has been in a funk for the past few years. But the game is far from being “dead,” as some pundits have opined. Asleep? Yes. Resting? Perhaps. But, dead? Hell no! Especially when the drums have begun to pound loudly for the upcoming multimillion-dollar match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for the lightweight title. For some years I have always said, “Boxing must always have a popular heavyweight to lead the parade.” I still adhere to that notion, but after watching Pacquiao strip the bigger Miguel Cotto of his fighting talents in their November '02 fight, I changed the words to say: “And a little guy shall lead them.” Pacquiao fights like a man who knows all there is to know about boxing. Although he has been well-schooled by Freddie Roach, a trainer in the Ray Arcel, Eddie Futch and Charley Goldman mold, Pac has a natural talent that no one can teach. The little guy is a package of speed, grit and sudden inventive moves not seen since Sugar Ray Robinson and Willie Pep, two of boxing’s all-time greats. Which brings me back to the days when boxing and baseball were the most popular sports in the country. Think of names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Ted Williams. Jack Dempsey, Max Baer, Jim Braddock, Rocky Marciano. Put the ballplayers and boxers together and you have the two most popular sports entry of the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and arguably the ‘50s. Now think about where today’s sports rank among fans: (1) pro football, (2) baseball, (3) pro basketball, (4) college football and basketball, (5) tennis, (6) hockey, (7) soccer, (8) a tie between horse racing and boxing. How did the sport go from the top of the rung to the bottom? The answer lies not only with boxing’s stall but with the sudden rise of pro football and pro basketball. And then there's the man who last made the sport No.1. He is Mike Continue Reading

Love is Best at cozy Cove

The opening of The Cove resort in the Bahamas last weekend was so chockablock with celebrities you had to watch out where you stepped. Strolling along the jungle paths that meander past streams and waterfalls, Lindsay Lohan and new boyfriend Calum Best suddenly felt an urge to make out. A startled passerby came upon  the young lovers rolling around on the ground. "Don't mind us," Best told the stranger. "We're tourists." Hoop legend Michael Jordan stayed upright - at least in public - but was definitely enjoying the  scenery  around the pool, especially one blond. Fancy-free Jordan didn't miss the chance to dance with newly single Whitney Houston. This was at Saturday's "Silly '70s," where Steve Tyler, the Village People and Earth, Wind and Fire kicked out the jams in a ballroom disco-fied by Colin Cowie. Quincy Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Spike Lee, Chris Tucker, Angela Bassett and Natalie Cole were among those sporting a rainbow of rayon  and  mushroom-cloud afros. John Travolta broke out his white suit (even if it was a few sizes bigger than the one he wore in "Saturday Night Fever"). While Travolta flew in on his personal jet, Stevie Wonder and his sprawling family squeezed into the economy section on a Delta flight. Stevie celebrated his birthday Thursday night at the Cove branch of Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. Star Jones and Al Reynolds crashed the intimate dinner. But it was hard to blame them, what with Nancy Wilson, Joss Stone, John Legend, Mos Def and India Arie laying out a musical tribute to Stevie. Later, at the nightclub Aura, Big Boi not only picked up a $37,000 bar tab, he left a $10,000 tip. Also lucky was all-seeing Wireimage fotog Kevin Mazer, who was walking along the sands when Tyra Banks sauntered by in a bikini. Tyra showed she still had her Sports Illlustrated sizzle in  an impromptu shoot. (Also holding their own among the hot bodies were hall of fame vixens Cindy Crawford and Bo Continue Reading

Prince William to serve with Royal Air Force

Britain's Prince William will follow in his father's footsteps by training to become a pilot with the Royal Air Force, a palace spokesman said today. The 25-year-old prince will spend four months with the RAF beginning in January, the spokesman said. He will learn to fly both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Then in the summer, he will move on to the Royal Navy, training on warships and submarines. "His time with the RAF will ... allow him to realize a lifetime ambition to learn to fly," the spokesman said. "He will be able to share the working lives of airmen and sailors." William completed an army officer training program in 2006 at Sandhurst, the British equivalent of West Point. A second lieutenant, he has spent the last year training as as a specialist armored reconnaissance troop leader in the Blues and Royals, where his younger brother, Harry, also serves. Prince Harry, who plans a career as an army officer, wanted to serve in Iraq, but the plan was KO'd after it was determined to be too great a security risk, both for Harry and his fellow troops. As second in line to the throne, William would never be deployed to a war zone. But getting experience with three branches of the military is considered important for a king in training. William and Harry's father, Prince Charles, trained with the navy and air force. He qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 and later commanded his own ship. Their grandfather, Prince Philip, saw active service with the Royal Navy during World War II, and their uncle Prince Andrew served as a Navy helicopter pilot during the Falkland Islands War. William's continued service in the military may stem some of the speculation about whether - and when - he will marry his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. The two began dating while students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, but broke up in the spring amid media pressure to announce an engagement. They rekindled their romance a few months later. In Continue Reading