Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding: Chicago-born bishop Michael Curry to deliver sermon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked the leader of the Episcopal Church in America to deliver the sermon on their May 19 royal wedding. Most Rev. Michael Curry agreed to become part of the event that will take place at St. George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle.

(REUTERS/Toby Melville)Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London, Britain, November 27, 2017.

Curry's participation breaks royal customs as senior clergy members of the Church of England traditionally deliver the sermons. The Episcopal Church, however, is recognized as part of the U.S. Anglican Communion, and its head Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who also leads the Church of England, welcomed Curry's addition with open arms.

"I'm thrilled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked Bishop Michael Curry to preach at their wedding," Welby stated in a tweet. "[Curry] is a brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ," he added.

Welby will still officiate the royal wedding as Curry delivers the sermon. The dean of Windsor Rev. David Conner, on the other hand, will also be part of the church service.

Curry, who was born in Chicago, was elected as the first African-American leader of the Episcopal Church in 2015. The church has around 1.9 million members and is based in New York City.

The bishop previously made waves following the release of his book "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus." Curry also backs gay rights and allowed same-sex marriage when he used to head the diocese in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the Church of England recently released a prayer for Prince Harry and Markle's wedding. "Send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan, and all who are joined in marriage, that, rejoicing in your will and continuing under your protection," part of the prayer read.

Prince Harry and Markle, an American actress, began dating in July 2016. A year and a half later, the couple announced their engagement and picked May 19 as the royal wedding date.

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