The preacher responsible for a show-stealing 14 minute sermon at the royal wedding has explained what inspired his much-talked about address.
While all eyes were initially on Meghan Markle as she made her way down the aisle to marry Prince Harry, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry quickly became the talk of the town following his lengthy sermon.
The head of the Episcopal Church delivered a passionate monologue with nods to American history including a quote from Martin Luther King.
Curry, who was hand-picked by the couple to deliver a sermon at their wedding, told the bride and groom Saturday that there was “power in love” and that “love can help and heal when nothing else can.”
But Curry, a champion of civil rights causes and outspoken supporter of gay rights, continued “it’s not just for and about a young couple, who we rejoice with, it’s more than that.”
Following the wedding, the Bishop opened up about his enthusiastic address, saying it was a message descending from Jesus Christ.
“You know, it really was, to be honest, the good news of Jesus Christ,” he said.
“The good news not only that we are loved, but that this love isn’t just simply a sentimental thing, this is actually a way of life.”
Answering to those who thought the sermon was “unconventional”, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said it came across as “raw God”.
Curry says the bride and groom thanked him for his words, with whom he shared a connection with throughout his address.
“Their eyes and their smiles and their reactions were talking back. It was non-verbal communication throughout the whole thing,” he said.
The 600 guests appeared bamboozled at times with the sermon, no more so than Zara Phillips who could be seen with a puzzled look on her face.
Harry and Meghan seemed to enjoy the delivery, appearing to hold back their natural reactions at times while breaking into controlled smirks.
And they weren’t alone, with social media awash with comments hailing Curry as the “star of the show”.
“Bishop Michael Curry giving me life,” model Naomi Campbell proclaimed.
“I can totally see why Meghan chose Michael Curry to deliver the address. I am not religious but am totally engrossed,” Royal commentator Charlie Proctor said.