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Archbishop reveals nerves ahead of Royal wedding

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, with UTV's Paul Clark, and Denis Bradley. Credit: UTV

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to having “some nerves” ahead of officiating at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month.

The leader of the Anglican Church will marry the couple at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on 19 May.

The Most Revd Justin Welby opened up to UTV about his apprehensions after two recent weddings where things did not run smoothly.

“The last wedding I officiated at was for a member of my staff and I dropped the rings,” he said.

“The one before that was for one of my kids and I forgot to administer the vows during the rehearsal, so you could say there are some nerves.”

In a wide-ranging interview along with Denis Bradley for Monday night’s View From Stormont, the Archbishop also offered some advice to local politicians on resolving the deadlock at Stormont.

“The key thing in politics is the willingness to take risks,” he said.

“Risk avoidance never achieved anything, so when you look back (to 20 years ago), the things that were achieved at that time look far greater than the issues which are stalling things at the moment.”

Dr Welby was in Belfast take part in a British Council event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

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