Curry: "We were together, organized around love."

Posted at 2:57 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 14:57:45-04

The American bishop who delivered an address at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Dutchess of Sussex, appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to discuss his experience in Windsor.

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church and the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the church. He delivered a fiery message about love during the royal wedding, touching on slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday morning, Curry told GMA's Robin Roberts he was aware of the significance his role in the event.

"The love between those two people, this royal couple, was so powerful, not only did we all show up, but it brought all of these different worlds together," Curry said. "It brought different nationalities, different ethnicities, different religious traditions. People of all stripes and types. People of different political persuasions. Actually for a moment we were actually together organized around love."

Curry said he was just as surprised as anyone when his staff got the call from the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year.

"A member of my staff called and said 'they want you to preach at the royal wedding,'" Curry told Roberts. "I said get out of here. It's April Fools. You've gotta be kidding me." 

It wasn't an April Fools joke. Curry says he had to keep the invitation a secret, even from his wife, for a month, but it was a pleasure working with the royal couple and the Archbishop of Canterbury's staff at Lambeth Palace. Curry said everyone was very gracious and allowed him to write his own sermon, but he did provide a copy of the manuscript about a week before the event and only deviated slightly during his 14 minute address on Saturday.

Curry says he was inspired by the obvious love that Prince Harry and the Dutchess of Sussex share.

"That love was a reflection of a greater love and that greater love is the love of God, Curry said. "I think that's what Jesus has been talking about; that's what he's been trying to teach us: love God, love your neighbor and you'll be able to figure out the rest."

While he currently lives in Chicago, Curry actually grew up in Western New York. He attended public schools in Buffalo and graduated with high honors from Hobart College. He was ordained a minister at Buffalo's St. Paul's Cathedral in 1978.

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