Bishop quotes Martin Luther King during royal wedding speech
Bishop Michael Curry began and ended his speech with quotes from Dr Martin Luther King.
LONDON - Bishop Michael Curry quoted Martin Luther King during his address at the royal wedding.
Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, spoke about the “power of love” as he addressed the congregation at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, on Saturday morning.
Referencing the late civil rights activist during his passionate speech, Bishop Curry said: “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world.”
The bishop began and ended his speech with quotes from Dr King.
Markle (36) and Harry (33) held hands and smiled happily during the address.
Speaking previously about being asked to speak at the ceremony, Bishop Curry said in a statement: “The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God and is the key to life and happiness. And so, we celebrate and pray for them today.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presided over the exchange of vows whilst the Dean of Windsor conducted the service itself.
Bishop Curry’s speech was followed by a stunning gospel rendition of Stand By Me, before Harry and Markle exchanged vows.
Markle followed in her sister-in-law Duchess Catherine’s footsteps by choosing to remove the word “obey” from her marriage vows.
Harry’s mother Princess Diana also omitted “obey” from her vows to Harry’s father Prince Charles in 1981.
Harry and Markle pledged themselves to one another “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”, in front of a huge array of celebrity guests including George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and David and Victoria Beckham.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby blessed the marriage following their exchange of vows.