Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Explain the Ways They Were Able to Make Their Wedding ‘Feel Intimate’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day was no small affair, with approximately 600 guests in attendance, 1,200 members of the public invited to greet the couple outside of the chapel, and the event coverage racking up 29 million viewers in the UK and 23 million in the U.S. Despite the massive guest list and viewing audience, the couple somehow managed to make it “feel intimate.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.
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Prince Harry and Markle explain how they achieved this

The “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” exhibit, featuring Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding clothing, is now open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.

The couple explained in the wedding exhibit’s audio guide just how they achieved an intimate feeling to their big day. Markle shared in the audio that “a great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day.”

Those personal touches were instrumental in creating a more intimate feel to the nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, as Markle noted: “We knew how large the scale of the event would be, so in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate.”

The wedding dress included some personal touches

Markle’s wedding dress and veil, which were created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, artist director at Givenchy, included a tribute to the Commonwealth with flowers embroidered into her veil to represent the 53 nations of the Commonwealth.

In the  HBO documentary, Queen of the World, Markle explained: “[Harry was] really over the moon to find out that I would make this choice for our day together.” She added, “I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction.”

Additionally, her “something blue” for the common wedding tradition was a small piece of blue fabric that was stitched into Meghan’s veil. The fabric came from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry.

Markle also wore a tiara lent to her by Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

There were other special details

While the dress was a showstopper, the uniform that Prince Harry wore for the wedding is also on display in the exhibit. His uniform of the Household Cavalry was made by Dege & Skinner on London’s Savile Row. He explained: “I chose the frock coat as a uniform, with permission from my grandmother, because I think it’s one of the smartest Household Cavalry uniforms.”

He added: “It’s one of my favorites, and I was very fortunate to be able to wear that on the day.”

The exhibit also displays the outfits worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with George’s initials, “GC” for George Cambridge, embroidered in gold thread. Markle explained it was Harry’s idea, noting it’s “such a beautiful keepsake for them.” Charlotte also had something special for her outfit — the soles of her shoes have her initials and the wedding date embroidered on them.

Harry said of the youngsters involved in their big day: “We had 10 bridesmaids and page boys under the age of 7, which everybody says is impossible to have them behaving, but they did it!”

Markle added: “It was a miracle!”