Pippa Middleton ‘Didn’t Realize the Scale’ of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Wedding, Thought It Was Just a ‘Family Wedding’

Pippa Middleton was apparently clueless that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding was such a big deal. When the couple tied the knot in 2011, Pippa went into the ceremony thinking it was just a “family wedding.” It was only later that Pippa realized the true scale of her sister’s wedding and that people around the world tuned in to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Pippa Middleton | Ian Gavan/GP/Getty Images

Inside Pippa Middleton’s relationship with Kate Middleton

It is no secret that Pippa and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are very close. Although Kate keeps a busy schedule, the sisters have stepped out in public on a number of different occasions and have always shared a close bond.

When Pippa tied the knot with James Matthews in 2017, Kate and William were invited to the ceremony. And Kate was one of the first people who learned that Pippa was pregnant with her first child.

At the time, sources revealed that Kate “could not have been more delighted” about hearing the good news. Pippa later gave birth to her first child in the same hospital Kate has delivered her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

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Newlywed couple HRH Prince William of Wales and his wife Catherine (Kate) leaving Westminster Abbey | Pawel Libera/LightRocket via Getty Images

Pippa, of course, did not rise to prominence until after Kate and William tied the knot in 2011. Millions of fans tuned in to watch the couple’s gorgeous ceremony, which was held inside Westminster Abbey.

Although the wedding was one of the grandest ceremonies of the decade, Pippa recently admitted that she did not understand the scale of the event until after it was all over.

Pippa admits she “didn’t realize the scale” of Kate’s wedding

In a recent interview, Pippa revealed that she went into Kate’s wedding with the goal of treating it like any other family ceremony. According to Express, she noted that she did not realize the significance of the event until after Kate and William exchanged vows.

“It sounds funny to say but we as a family just saw it as a family wedding,” she shared. “And perhaps actually I didn’t realize the scale of it until afterward. I had to make sure I helped my sister where I should and looked after the bridesmaids and pageboys.”

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Pippa added that she did not notice any of the cameras as everyone made their way to Westminster Abbey. She did, however, take note of the crowd of onlookers. But instead of thinking about how many people might be watching the ceremony, she thought of it as simply “performing in front of a lot of people.”

Pippa served as Kate’s maid of honor during the wedding. Royal weddings typically do not have a maid of honor or a best man, and the decision to have Pippa fulfill this role put her directly in the spotlight.

Although things have slowed down for Pippa in recent years, there was a time when she reportedly helped Kate deal with one of her biggest heartbreaks.

Pippa Middleton reportedly helped her sister through a “difficult” split

Kate and Pippa are only a year apart and were both sent to attend St. Andrews Prep School. This was Kate and Pippa’s first time away from home, and the two frequently leaned on each other for support.  

They developed a close bond during these early years, though Pippa would go on to attend a different college than her sister. While Pippa enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, Kate took classes at St. Andrews University, where her path crossed with William.

As royal watchers are well aware, William and Kate’s relationship hit a major snag in 2007 when they decided to split. Kate reportedly took the breakup very hard, and Pippa was there to comfort her at their parent’s apartment in Chelsea.

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Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William | Dave Cannon/GP/Getty Images

During this time, Kate and Pippa were frequently spotted around London and it seemed like Pippa’s influence was making Kate happy.

By that summer, of course, Kate and William had gotten back together. He would go on to propose to the future Duchess of Cambridge in 2010 during a trip to Kenya.

Kate Middleton has not commented on Pippa Middleton’s interview about her 2011 wedding.