Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has conducted a highly personal interview with royal bride to be Meghan Markle ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry, it has emerged.
Under Church of England rules, he is bound to ask divorcees a number of questions relating to their pasts before overseeing a wedding ceremony.
They include whether the divorcee still has any affection for her ex-spouse and what she learned from her previous marriage.
Mr Welby will marry Prince Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, and Ms Markle in Windsor on May 19.
He is understood to have formed a strong bond with the couple. He admitted that he is worried about the wedding ring being dropped and hoped they would get their vows in the right order.
Ms Markle, an actress who appeared in the show Suits, was married to tv producer Trevor Engelson until they split in 2013.
She has never spoken openly about the divorce, which came just two years after they married on a Jamaican beach.
In the divorce papers, they blamed the split on irreconcilable differences.
Friends have said these were related to the couple’s work which often saw them spend long periods apart.
Other questions the primate is understood to have asked Ms Markle are whether there has been healing of past hurt and what others think of the marriage plans.
Mr Welby will oversee the couple’s exchange of vows. The actual service will be conducted by the Right Reverend David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.
It will be followed by an hour-long horse-drawn procession through Windsor on what will also be FA Cup Final day.
Earlier this month, Mr Welby gave evidence to a Church of England child sex abuse inquiry in London.