Today is Easter Sunday, a day when millions of Christians across the planet come together to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, will lead tributes in a series of sermons today, reflecting on religion, as well as the issues currently facing Christians. Among these, reports suggest, will include an unprecedented response to the current refugee crisis.
He is expected to declare Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to force unwanted asylum seekers into Rwanda as “the opposite of God’s nature”.
The service is among the biggest events of Mr Welby’s year, but will no doubt pale in comparison to the scenes his predecessor Mr Williams faced in 2011 when he married William and Kate.
The spectacular service was seen by a staggering two billion people across the world, as well as 17.6 million people in the UK.
The TV show was made at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
And a decade later, Mr Williams explained how he knew the couple’s relationship would last after meeting them before the service.
He was speaking as part of the BBC Two documentary Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember.
Mr Williams said William and Kate ‘didn’t seem too nervous’ about getting married.
He added: “Yes, in this case, a few billion people were watching, but they were still talking to each other, from the center, where it counts.
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But Meghan sparked a row after claiming the couple had been married before the occasion during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.
But Mr Welby defended the ceremony, telling La Repubblica newspaper ‘the legal wedding was on Saturday’, referring to May 19, their wedding day.
He said: “I signed the marriage certificate which is a legal document.
“And I would have committed a serious criminal offense if I had signed it knowing it was false.”
Around 12 million Britons tuned in to Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah.
At one point, Meghan said: “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married.
“Nobody knows. But we called the Archbishop and we just said ‘look, this thing, this show, it’s for the world, but we want our union between us’.”
The ex-actress also told Oprah: ‘The vows we framed in our bedroom are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury…just the three of us.’
Mr Welby, the Church of England’s most senior cleric, noted he had met the couple before the wedding day but said those discussions were “confidential”.
He added: ‘I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the Duke and Duchess before the wedding.
As for what they discussed, Welby said, “The legal wedding was on Saturday. But I won’t say what happened in other meetings.”