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Meet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal Wedding

Meet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal Wedding

Bishop Michael Curry

Bishop Michael Curry just gave a powerful speech at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The 65-year-old became a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 1978. He became a priest and then the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

And now he’s the hilarious and insightful bishop giving the address at the Royal Wedding in St George’s Chapel in Windsor today (19 May).

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at World AIDS Day event
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at World AIDS Day event. | Photo: Kensington Palace / Twitter

In his moving speech during the ceremony, he said: ‘Two young people fell in love and we showed up.’

Some of his inspiring words of advice include: ‘Love God, love your neighbors and while you’re at it, love yourself.’

‘God love you and God bless you’

The US bishop also mentioned the plight of slaves in the south of North America.

Focussing on the idea of love, he added: ‘When love is the way, we are brothers and sisters and children of God.’

He finished the powerful sermon with a direct message to Harry and Meghan: ‘My brother, my sister – God love you and God bless you.’

The Episcopal Church – based in New York – is one of just two Anglican churches which allows gay marriage in church.

Michael Curry is also outspoken on issues of social justice and immigration.

He condemned last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as fascist.

Following the announcement of his reading at the ceremony, he said: ‘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,’ he said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be the most pro-LGBTI couple in English royal history.

The couple embrace LGBTI charities, particularly HIV charities – following in the footsteps of Princess Diana.