Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wedding a 'Model' for Britain, Archbishop of Canterbury Says

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding can be a "model" for the nation, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Archbishop Justin Welby said that the upcoming royal wedding is important because millions of people will see a model of "how two people commit their lives to one another before God."

Speaking Thursday (December 14) on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, broadcast live from the Archbishop's home at Lambeth Palace, Welby said: "I am very, very sure after conversations that this is is no tick-box exercise, 'we ought to get married in a church.'"

"This is a very profound sense of commitment, of seriousness, both about faith and about their lives together, which is quite inspirational.

"It's important because people look at it, and they'll see a model of how two people commit their lives to one another before God in the presence of millions of people."

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Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. Toby Melville/File Photo/Reuters

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, 2017, and the couple are set to marry at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.

The chapel provides a low key venue, accommodating 800 guests, compared to Westminster Abbey–where Prince William and Kate Middleton wed–which seats 2,000.

The Archbishop was unsure if he would be presiding over the wedding himself, a decision he said was up to the couple, but addedof the wedding day: "That'll be fun." He added: "It's always a beautiful moment, every wedding is profoundly beautiful."

Following the interview, Archbishop Welby gave a blessing at St. Paul's Cathedral for the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire during a memorial service. Prince Harry joined The Archbishop at the Grenfell memorial service, along with Prince William, Kate Middleton, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

During his Today interview, Welby said of the Grenfell Tower tragedy: "Clearly there was less attention being paid to the people at the Grenfell tower and similar buildings than others in more prosperous areas. There is a failure of that sense of value of the human being."

Despite this, the Archbishop added that there was hope in the responses of communities following Grenfell. He said it was comforting "that people were horrified ... that this is not right that this should happen in a tower block in London [and] a sense that this is wrong."

The Archbishop also discussed the divide in British politics following Brexit. Welby, who supported remain in the 2016 EU referendum, said: "It would be very good to have a ceasefire from insults and the use of pejorative terms about people at this time.

"As a country we have a future ahead of us, we've made a decision about Brexit, that is clear. Both sides are saying that. How we do that is a question for robust political argument.

"But there's a difference between disagreeing and personalized attacks, and those have to be avoided. Because if we're going to make as success of Brexit ... then we need a political leadership that is united in their attitude to the future, even if divided on policy.

"We do need reconciliation and unity."